Dissertation in Production Management

Full-time Position

In your research, you will develop practice-oriented management innovations on a solid scientific basis. Typically, you will have submitted three professionally copy-edited working papers—ideally to STAR journals—with data and / or managerial insights cross-validated by senior managers of world leading companies. At least, two out of the three papers are in the second round of review. 

Thesis topics are discussed prior to signing up and leverage the candidate’s profile and interests. Overall, we focus on a broad range of research areas in Supply Chain Management with interfaces to both Finance and to Marketing:

  1. Management Quality for Industrial Excellence
  2. Global Supply Chain Management and R&D Management
  3. Sustainability
  4. Operations Management-Marketing Interface: Retail & Business Analytics, International Commerce Review: ECR Journal
  5. Operations Management-Finance Interface: Blockchain, Real Option, Supply Chain Finance
  6. SSRN, Working Paper

We emphasize the importance of being present in international research and view this as market feedback on the quality of our work. At the same time, we maintain close contacts with industry and retailers to ensure high relevance, impact and innovativeness. 

Our chair’s doctoral program provides you with a unique and ideal environment to complete an outstanding dissertation publishable in top journals; completion of the thesis should not take more than three years. We value team spirit and maintain an open, honest and constructive work culture. On the one hand, you will work rather independently; on the other hand, you will receive fast and frequent feedback. This way, all members of the department act effectively and efficiently. We complement WHU’s doctoral program with one term stay abroad at our partner university Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. Note that only select candidates—based on research interests and qualifications—are being invited by the Ph.D. program’s administration. In addition, we organize a knowledge exchange between our internal and our industry-supported doctoral students in an annual research workshop. In regular, i.e., weekly, meetings, you will be coached individually and assisted.

The focus of every doctoral student is the completion of his or her dissertation; administrative work is limited to infrequent exam proctoring duties and shared grading tasks. Besides, you will have the opportunity to gather valuable contacts and experiences in practice-related projects, for example, as program manager or member of the jury of the prestigious “Industrial Excellence Award Germany”, as assistant to exclusive European Study Tours by international top executives or EMBAs from leading business schools, or by participating in research-oriented workshops offered through WHU’s Executive Education unit. Outstanding students are welcomed to teach in the Bachelor or Master program; those efforts are remunerated separately. Typical courses focus on Blockchain, Machine Learning/AI or Supply Chain Finance topics.

A doctoral degree in Production Management will positively impact your career, whether you join academia or the business world. Alumni of our program are today, for example, Full Professor at an international Top Business School, CEO of a large multinational enterprise, Managing Director of an international online service provider, CFO of a fast growing online fashion retail company or Senior Partner at a renowned international strategy consulting firm.

Only complete application packages will be processed and a response sent out to you in due course. Please send us your updated CV, high school and university transcripts as well as testimonials of internships: arnd.huchzermeier@whu.edu.

Study Abroad

Our doctoral students studied one term at these leading US Top Business Schools.