Doctoral Program

Our research provides applicable management innovations, which are developed on a solid scientific basis. Our research focuses on five sectors:

  1. Management Quality for Industrial Excellence
  2. Global Supply Chain and R&D Management
  3. Sustainability
  4. Operations Management-Marketing Interface: Retail & Business Analytics
  5. Operations Management-Finance Interface: Blockchain, Real Options, Supply Chain Finance

We emphasize the importance of being present in international research. At the same time, we maintain close contacts to retailing and industry to ensure applicability.
Our doctoral program provides the environment to write an excellent dissertation on an internationally competitive level. We value team spirit and cultivate an open and constructive atmosphere. Consequently, you are not on your own when doing research and you will proceed faster and on a higher level of academic excellence. We complement the doctoral course program offered by WHU, with a term abroad at WHU’s partner university Kellogg School of Management der Northwestern University which allows well-chosen candidates to take part in their PhD courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to present your advancements at our internal colloquium, thus continuously getting feedback from the people around you. You are closely supervised through regular research discussion.

Focus of your work is your dissertation project. In addition, you have the opportunity to gather experience as the program manager of an industry project as for example the “Industrial Excellence Award”. Ideally, you finish your dissertation project within 2 to 3 years with 3 submitted working papers.

A doctoral degree in Production Management will boost your career, whether you go into academia or business. Alumni of our program are today e.g. Professor at an international Business School, General Manager or Managing Partner of an international company, founder or Managing Partner of a leading online-company or Partner at an international strategy consulting company.

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

Study Abroad

Our doctoral students studied one term at these leading US universities.