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2 post-docs and 2 assitant professors (Supply Chain Finance, Retail Analytics) with 9 nationalities
Supply Chain Management Group ranked by Arizona State University
with Star (and M-Star) publications placed at top business schools
Star, 14 P, 3 M-Star and
14 Harvard Business Review publications plus Top US & European Awards
European Countries with 15 Business Schools host the Industrial Excellence Award
on Industrial Excellence, Management Quality, Bottom-up Strategy Formation, Variable Takt, Operations & Analytics, Supply Chain Fincance and Blockchain/DLT
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Our primary goal is to develop publishable research in reputable journals in due course, i.e., as part of the dissertation project. To facilitate this, we clearly differentiate among full-time and part-time dissertations.
Job openings as research assistant, post doc or assistant professor will be advertised on the WHU careers page.
Innovation in teaching, research excellence, and thought leadership for practice.
We have developed numerous teaching innovations such as the MIT award winning course on International Operations Management ("best course developed at a US Business School", i.e., at the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago) as well as pioneering courses based on our own research and publications on Industrial Excellence, Supply Chain Management, Sustainable Operations, E-Commerce Operations Management, Retail Analytics, Real Options Analysis, Supply Chain Finance, Blockchain/DLT and the famous "Die Beste Fabrik" (The best factory) practice seminar for SMEs and the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt online seminar with MoreSteam, to just name a few.
Our research has been recognized internationally, among others, with the prestigious Franz Edelman Finalist Award of the Institute of Operations Research and Management Science, the Marketing Science Institute's Practice Prize, the Management Science Strategic Innovation Prize by the European Operations Research Societies, the Case Award by the European Case Clearing House (now The Case Center) and the Science Award of the European Retail Institute and GS1 Germany. We regularly publish articles in major academic journals and leading management journals and serve as senior or department editors in Management & Business Review and the Production & Operations Management Journal, among others. The alumni of our chair serve as role models not only in academia but also in business, for example for start-ups.
We have published the ECR Journal for the global consumer goods and retail industries, as well as globally cited industry studies, such as on the Introduction of the Euro and on monopolies in the credit card industry. Our INSEAD-WHU Industrial Excellence Award (formerly "The Best Factory") is supported by 15 leading business schools in 12 European countries and annually rewards top-down & bottom-up digital enterprise strategy innovations across a wide range of industries. Winners include renowned giants of the European business landscape. Our latest business competition - developed in collaboration with ZIRP - will reward best practices in digital corporate responsibility in Rhineland-Palatinate starting in 2021. Our start-up Campus Car with 3 Smarts and a 1-series BMW has evolved into the global player WunderCar Mobility Solutions.
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Benchmarking Management-Quality globally and locally –
Strategy formation and employee engagement in digitally-empowered enterprises.
Thought leadership in Management-Quality and analytics for Industrial Excellence.
Our ongoing research activities are manifold and cover a wide range of areas. Get an overview and copies of the latest working papers, industry reports and other online references at first hand.
The goal of journal MBR is to bridge management practice, education and research, thereby enhancing all three. Professor Huchzermeier has been nominated as Autonomous Departmental Editor for the area of Global Supply Chains and Risk Management.
We engage in academia-industry partnerships and apply business or retail analytics methods in a variety of applications. Key research areas include promotional and judgmental demand forecasting, segment-of-one marketing, the design of loyalty programs, customer churn prevention and customer retention management, staffing of service points and dynamic pricing in e-commerce.
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Top Research Articles:
Cohen, Morris A.; Cui, Shiliang; Ernst, Ricardo; Huchzermeier, Arnd; Kouvelis, Panos; Lee, Hau; Matsuo, Hiro; Steuber, Marc; Tsay, Andy (2018)
Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, (3)20, 389-402
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Campus teaching & Executive Education –
Master excellence in operations strategy formation, execution, and business analytics.
The Chair of Production Management constantly explores a number of research topics, largely within the scope of Doctoral theses and externally funded research projects. These range from Fair Process Leadership, Returns Management in e-Commerce, Resilience for Global Supply Chain Risk Management, Promotional Demand Forecasting, and Blockchain Technology. Through such research, we are able to integrate the latest insights into modern teaching from Bachelor through to the Doctoral program.
We teach insights from current research combined with innovative methods, practice-oriented training and company visits. We are supported in this by guest lecturers from international business schools, alumni of our chair and captains of industry.
The Chair directs and offers a portfolio of executive education programs and workshops, including key note speeches, the annual Industrial Excellence Conference and Award Europe, and study tours to leading global manufacturers and service companies in Europe and Silicon Valley.