Research

27 April 2018

WHU again ranked amongst Top Universities for Research in Supply Chain Management

In the recently published SCM Journal List ranking WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management ranks 5th in a global comparison of universities producing empirical supply chain management (SCM) research. This is two places up from last year’s rank 7 for WHU. The annual SCM Journal List ranking is based on the schools’ number of publications in leading SCM journals within the past five years. The empirical list ranks a total of 434 institutions. WHU is the highest-ranked institution outside the United States.

The ranking can be accessed at: www.scmlist.com/home/university-rankings/empirical-report/.

The current study Publication Productivity in the Supply Chain Management Discipline: 2014 – 2016, the latest edition of an established series of analyses across five decades of institutional research productivity, placed WHU in the top 10 of SCM research institutions globally.

Analyses in this series are conducted at regular intervals by changing international teams of SCM researchers. An established set of methods, which has been used in all previous editions of this series, guarantees objectivity and comparability of the results. The latest study was conducted by Michael Maloni (Kennesaw State University) and Craig Carter (Arizona State University).

Access to the article: www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/transportationj.57.1.0001.

2 March 2018

JSCM Spotlight: Responses to Supplier-Induced Disruptions: A Fuzzy-Set Analysis

In the Spotlight series of the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Felix Reimann talks about the research paper entitled "Responses to Supplier-Induced Disruptions: A Fuzzy-Set Analysis" he co-authored with Tobias Kosmol and Lutz Kaufmann. The paper explores supplier induced disruptions.

The article has been published in the Journal of Supply Chain Management, 2017, Vol. 53 (4): 37-66. The full article can be accessed here: 
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jscm.12141/full.

5 September 2017

How Supply Chain Complexity affects Buyer-Supplier Relationships - Interview with Felix Reimann by CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly


The Journal of Business Logistics (JBL), published by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), ranks among the most important international scholarly journals in the supply chain discipline. A research paper entitled “Multimarket Contact and the Use of Power in Buyer-Supplier Relationships” by Felix Reimann, Pei Shen, and Lutz Kaufmann has been published in the March 2017 issue of JBL.

Building on resource-advantage theory, the study proposes that multimarket contact between buyers and suppliers is linked to their respective propensity to use three types of mediated power in their relationships (i.e., reward, coercion, and legal legitimate) and that the effects of multimarket contact differ between buyers and suppliers. A vignette study with 143 purchasing managers and 137 business-to-business sales managers tests the developed hypotheses. The findings show that a higher level of multimarket contact encourages suppliers to use legal legitimate power to a greater extent and encourages buyers to use reward power to a greater extent but legal legitimate power to a lesser extent.

CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly Senior Editor Susan K. Lacefield asked Professor Dr. Felix Reimann, the lead author, about how companies could use these findings to improve relationships with their supply chain partners.

To read the entire interview, visit http://www.supplychainquarterly.com/topics/Procurement/scq20170622-how-supply-chain-complexity-affects-buyer-supplier-relationship/.

27 April 2017

WHU Ranked 7th in Worldwide SCM Ranking


In the recently published SCM Journal ListTM ranking WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management ranks 7th in a global comparison of universities producing empirical supply chain management (SCM) research, making it the most productive SCM research institution outside the United States once again. The annual ranking is based on the schools’ number of publications in leading SCM journals within the past five years.

“These continuously outstanding results the Supply Chain Management Group at WHU has achieved in the SCM Journal List Rankings directly reflect our school’s dedication to excellence in research. By producing high-quality intellectual contributions to both academia and the business world, the SCM Group actively demonstrates thought leadership,” explains Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU.

Two annual rankings are provided – one based on output in primarily empirically-focused journals and one based on primarily analytically-focused journals. The empirical list contains a total 443 institutions, of which WHU is ranked 7th worldwide in 2017. In this category, WHU is now for the third year in a row the only Top-Ten ranked institution from outside the United States. The analytical ranking lists a total of 799 institutions worldwide of which WHU places 148th.

There are many rankings of supply chain management programs, but none that include the SCM research that is produced.  The annual SCM Journal List rankings fill this gap by ranking supply chain management programs based on research output in top-tier SCM and OM journals. The SCM Journal ListTM is governed by the SCM Congress, which is composed of scholars from many of the leading supply chain management universities throughout the world and which reviews the journals encompassed within the List every four years.

To view the 2017 rankings, visit: www.scmlist.com/home/university-rankings/.