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Chair of International Business and Supply Management I –

From research excellence to maximum business impact.

Top10 Research Institution

WHU is among the top 10 institutions worldwide in the field of empirical research on supply chain management. 

Leading Scientific Journal

The Journal of Supply Chain Management (JSCM) is one of the two leading scientific journals in the field of SCM worldwide. 

Creating Business Impact

We apply our rich experience from beyond the field of academia to engage in fruitful exchanges with practitioners.

Award-Winning Teaching

We invest heavily in teaching and in producing insightful teaching materials, which is recognized in the number of awards we have received.

About us

At the Chair of International Business & Supply Management I, our goal is to achieve excellence in the areas of research, teaching, and business impact. In doing so, we support WHU’s strategy to position itself as a leading business school in Europe. WHU is among the top 10 institutions worldwide in the field of empirical research on supply chain management.

Team

The Chair of International Business and Supply Management I Team.

Professor
Dr. Lutz Kaufmann

Professor of International Business & Supply Management

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Assistant Professor
Dr. Jiachun Lu

Assistant Professor of International Business & Supply Management

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Renate Schirra

Personal Assistant

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Hoang Minh Nguyen

Research Assistant

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Leopold Ried

Research Assistant

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Moritz Schreiner

Research Assistant

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Maximilian Seiwert

Research Assistant

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Katja Wölfl

Research Assistant

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  • Marco Barth
  • Alexander Becker
  • Dirk Breitschwerdt
  • Christian Buhrmann
  • Nikola Denk
  • Matthias Ehrgott
  • Jens Esslinger
  • Julia Gäckler
  • Elmar Gans
  • Thomas Germer
  • Fabian Hedderich
  • Andreas Jentzsch
  • Matthias Koch
  • Peter Körte
  • Tobias Kosmol
  • Sebastian Kreft
  • Jiachun Lu
  • Holger Materlik
  • Gavin Meschnig
  • Alex Michel
  • Dirk Panhans
  • Johan Rauer
  • Felix Reimann
  • Christopher Ridder
  • Dominik Riedl
  • Jan-Frederik Rösch
  • Sönke Rössing
  • Philipp Rossner
  • Jörg Rottenburger
  • Aischa Astou Saw
  • Daniel Schmidt
  • Yvonne Schneider
  • Lukas Schönberger
  • Pei Shen
  • Claus Thiel
  • Stéphane Timmer
  • Colin Tritt
  • Sonja Vorwerk-Handing
  • Christian Wagener
  • Claudia Wagner
  • Barbara Wichmann
  • Philipp Zimmermann
Publications

Our contribution to cutting-edge research.

If you would like to view the entire list of publications, you can download the PDF here.

News & stories

Read the latest news from the Chair –
Keep up with our events and activities.

Lutz Kaufmann and Stéphane Timmer investigate the success of dark personality traits

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The 2020 SCM Journal List ranking confirms WHU’s top position in supply chain management research.

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Assistant Professor for International Business and Supply Management joins WHU on January 15, 2020.

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“Sourcing: Managing the firm’s supply base” by Laura Gasseling and Dr. Tobias Kosmol, INVERTO

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Teaching

Our teaching –
Creating new perspectives for our participants.

The Chair of International Business & Supply Management I offers courses in the following programs:

Supply Management
Lutz Kaufmann, Felix Reimann


Sourcing: Managing a Firm’s Supply Base
Lutz Kaufmann, Felix Reimann


Making a Case for Advancing SCM: Applied Supply Chain Management
Lutz Kaufmann, Carl Marcus Wallenburg


Negotiations for Managers and Entrepreneurs
Lutz Kaufmann

Strategic Sourcing
Lutz Kaufmann


Negotiations
Lutz Kaufmann

Negotiations 
Lutz Kaufmann


 

Negotiations Program (Open Enrollment)
Lutz Kaufmann, Felix Reimann


Customized Negotiations Program
Lutz Kaufmann, Felix Reimann


Next-level Negotiations for Procurement Leaders (Open Enrollment)
Lutz Kaufmann, Felix Reimann


 

Qualitative Research Methods
Lutz Kaufmann


 

Feedback from our students
(from anonymous course evaluations)

Guest sessions

Bridging the gap between business and academia –
Giving our students a competitive edge.

Senior Project Manager & Senior Consultant

Title: Global Sourcing - Real-Life Cases and Key Insights

Course: Managing the Firm’s Supply Base (BSc)

Date: October 17, 2019

Vice President

Title: Procurement Consulting in Action

Course: Supply Management &  Sourcing: Managing the Firm’s Supply Base (BSc)

Date: October 15 & 16, 2019

Associate Director

Title: Risk Management in Purchasing

Course:  Supply Management (BSc)

Date: October 18, 2018

Managing Director & Senior Consultant

Title: Commodity Risk Management

Course: Supply Management (BSc)

Date: October 16, 2018

Vice President

Title: "The Purchasing Chessboard"

Course: Supply Management (BSc)

Date: September 11 & 12, 2018

Executive Education Negotiations Programs

Gain the strategies and tools for successful negotiations

WHU's Negotiations Programs are developed to enhance these skills as effectively as possible, meaning you can navigate negotiations with confidence!

Learn more about our Negotiations Program 

Executive Education Negotiations Programs

Gain the strategies and tools for successful negotiations

WHU's Negotiations Programs are developed to enhance these skills as effectively as possible, meaning you can navigate negotiations with confidence!

Learn more about our Negotiations Program 

In the media

Media coverage –
Contributions in the national and international press.

Persönlichkeitsmerkmale im Einkauf (sourcewww.beschaffung-aktuell.de 04/2020, Autorin: Sabine Ursel, Konradin Mediengruppe)
Beschaffung aktuell, April 2020

EU-Austritt des Vereinigten Königreichs - Was Manager vom Brexit lernen
manager magazin, October 2019

Supply Chain Reactions (sourceInside Supply Management, Vol. 30, No. 8, October 2019)
Inside Supply Management, October 2019

Can we rely on our intuition? Cited along with Nobel Laureates
Scientific American, August 2019

Best Teacher Award für Professor Dr. Lutz Kaufmann
Blick aktuell Vallendar,  June 2019

What is intuition's role in the supply chain? Authors of a selected Journal of Business (JBL) article explain the real-world implications of their academic research 
CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly, October 2018

Dell Technologies: CSCMP Honors Innovators at Annual Supply Chain Conference 
MarketScreener, October 2018

CSCMP Honors Innovators at Annual Supply Chain Conference
Transport Topics, October 2018

Was der Einkauf von Real Madrid und dem FC Liverpool lernen kann (sourceBeschaffung aktuell, 06/2018, Text: Sabine Ursel) 
Beschaffung aktuell,June 2018

Gehaltsverhandlung: Diese 3 Geheimtipps sollten Chefs kennen
Deutsche Handwerks Zeitung, April4, 2018

Die Kunst des Bluffs
WirtschaftsWocheMarch 23, 2018

Lieferantenqualitätsmanagement in China (sourceBeschaffung aktuell 09/2017) 
Beschaffung aktuell, September 2017

Durch Spitzenforschung zum Weltklasse-Verhandler (sourceBeschaffung aktuell 07-08/2017)
Beschaffung aktuell, August 2017

"Testosteronkrieg" um Kaiser's Tengelmann
Stern ,October 17, 2016

Cross-funktionale Teams: Stimmt die Chemie?
Business+Logistic, May 2016

Zur Psychologie von Verhandlungen
WDR 5 "Leonardo", April 1, 2016

Zur Psychologie von Verhandlungen
WDR,  April 1, 2016

Übung macht den Meister - Einkauf hat Luft nach oben
Business+Logistic, January 2016

 

Personalmanagement in China - Qualifizierung ernst nehmen!
Beschaffung aktuellOctober 5, 2015

Mit Strategie zum Ziel
Süddeutsche Zeitung, September 16, 2015

Interview Professor Lutz Kaufmann
Keep in touch (In Praxi e. V. member magazine), July 2015

Handelsblatt BWL-Ranking 2014 -Beste Forschungsleistung http://tool.handelsblatt.com/tabelle/index.php?id=140
Handelsblatt, January 14, 2015

Wettbewerbsfaktor Compliance: Guter Ruf ist Gold wert
Einkaufs ManagerMay 9, 2014

Strategist of the Year 2012
Financial Times Deutschland, October 1, 2012

Betriebswirte bekämpfen Forschungsranking - Deutschland sucht den Super-Prof.
Handelsblatt, September 10, 2012

Strategist of the Year 2011
Financial Times Deutschland, September 19, 2011

Strategist of the Year 2010
Financial Times Deutschland, October 4, 2010

Engineering the future - MAN ,WHU and Saïd Busines School
EFMD Business Magazine: EFMD Excellence in Practice Award, September 30, 2010

WHU wins EFMD Excellence in Practice Award 2010 as first German business School
Press Release EFMD/Emerald, MAN, WHU & Said Business School, May 5, 2010

 

Strategist of the Year 2009
Financial Times Deutschland, September 28, 2009

Sustainable Success
The Wall Street Journal, June 22, 2009

Ethik für Betriebswirte: Anständig wirtschaften
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, August 2, 2007

Wettbewerbsfaktor Einkauf: Neue Helden
WirtschaftsWoche, April 5, 2007

Verhandlungstaktik: Zum Training auf den Trödel
 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, September 18, 2006

Beschaffung: Aus dem Einkäufer wird der Supply-Chain-Manager
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, September 26, 2005

Verhandlungsgeschick: Erst der Kompromiß, dann die Konfrontation
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, December 14, 2004

Management: Der Einkauf muss entfesselt werden
manager magazin, July 27, 2004

Outsourcing: Das ist wie eine Geiselnahme
manager magazin,  December 19, 2003

 

Honors & awards

Excellence in research and teaching –
Our awards.

During the Graduation Ceremonies held on Friday, June 7, 2019, in Duesseldorf, the graduates of the WHU MBA class of 2019 I honored Lutz Kaufmann with the award.

After 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Professor Kaufmann received this prestigious award for the fifth year in a row. 

Dr. Jens Esslinger received the 2018 IPSERA Doctoral Dissertation Award for his work on “Managing Unexpected Events in Joint Buyer–Supplier Projects.” The award committee judged all dissertations written at universities worldwide along the criteria originality, rigor, and scientific and practical impact.

Jens’ work was supervised by Professor Lutz Kaufmann. His research has been published in leading SCM journals, including the Journal of Supply Chain Management and the practitioner-oriented Supply Chain Management Review.

Dr. Jörg R. Rottenburger received the 2019 Research Award of the German Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement, and Logistics (BME) for his work on deception in business negotiations. The award for the best dissertation is presented annually by the BME since 1988 and comes with a cash prize of €7,000.

Jörg R. Rottenburger wrote his dissertation during his time as a research assistant at the chair of Professor Lutz Kaufmann. His second supervisor was Professor Christian Schlereth.

Dr. Tobias Kosmol won the Doctoral Dissertation Award of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). The 2018 CSCMP DDA was given to Tobias in Nashville, TN, during the 2018 CSCMP conference. The dissertation was titled “Supplier Quality Management in Emerging Markets – The Interplay of Behavior and Cognition”.

It was the third time in ten years that a dissertation from the chair wins this prestigious award in the U.S. This makes WHU the most successful non-US institution in the history of this prestigious competition. The list of previous winners can be found here.

Lutz Kaufmann, Claudia M. Wagner, and Craig R. Carter (Arizona State University) received the Journal of Business Logistics 2018 Best Paper Award for their paper „Reconceptualizing Intuition in Supply Chain Management“.

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) presents the Bernard J. La Londe Best Paper Award to the most valuable paper published in the Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) during CSCMP's Annual Conference. The Best Paper Award 2018 was presented during the 2018 CSCMP conference in Nashville, TN.

The Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) is one of the leading journals for empirical supply chain research and as such listed in The SCM Journal List.

During the Graduation Ceremonies held on Friday, June 22, 2018, in Duesseldorf, the graduates of the WHU MBA class of 2018 I honored Lutz Kaufmann with the award.

After 2015, 2016, and 2017, Professor Kaufmann received this prestigious award for the fourth year in a row. 

Jörg Rottenburger received the Highly Commended Dissertation Award 2017 by IPSERA. His research, entitled "Differentiating Deception: New Insights into Bluffing, Lying, and Paltering in Business Negotiations", provided surprising and highly relevant new insights into deceptive behavior in buyer-supplier negotiations. The dissertation was recognized for its outstanding practical and scholarly contributions.

Tobias Kosmol was honored in the Research Award 2018 of the German Association Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME) final for his dissertation "Supplier Quality Management in Emerging Markets – The Interplay of Behavior and Cognition". The scientific jury noted that Tobias’s research yielded both significant theoretical contributions and valuable practical insights.

In 2017, the graduates of the MBA programs at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management once again bestowed the Best Teacher Award, a recognition presented to particularly dedicated professors for their commitment to teaching excellence. The graduates of the Full-Time MBA Class of 2017 honored Lutz Kaufmann with the award. 

The participants of the courses specifically praised Professor Kaufmann’s dedication to work and approachable nature. “A great mentor”, they stated.

After 2015 and 2016, Lutz Kaufmann won the prize for the third time in a row. 

Emerald and EFMD have honored Claudia Wagner with a Highly Commended Award for her dissertation “Intuition in Supplier Selection – An Emotional Perspective of Team Decision Making”. 

Claudia Wagner’s work was supervised by professor Lutz Kaufmann. It was for the eight time that a dissertation from this research team wins an award in this research competition. This makes WHU the most successful institution in the history of this prestigious EFMD/Emerald competition.

 

Lutz Kaufmann, Jörg Rottenburger, and Craig R. Carter (Arizona State University) received the IPSERA 2017 Best Paper Award for their paper, "It’s Alright, It’s just a Bluff: Why do corporate codes reduce lying, but not bluffing?". The judges nominated the paper both, for its innovativeness and its high quality use of research methodologies.

The Best Paper Award 2017 was presented to Lutz Kaufmann during the 26th of the annual IPSERA conferences. IPSERA, the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association, is a worldwide multi-disciplinary network of academics and practitioners dedicated to the development of knowledge concerning Purchasing and Supply Management.

Dr. Claudia M. Wagner received the IPSERA Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 2016 for her work on “Intuition in supplier selection – An emotional perspective of team decision making”. The award was given to Claudia M. Wagner during the 26th of the annual IPSERA conferences held from April 9 - April 12, 2017, in Budapest/Hungary.

The award committee, which consisted of professors from the United States, Finland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, judged all dissertations written at universities worldwide along the criteria of originality, rigor, and scientific and practical impact.

As a PhD candidate in the SCM Group, Claudia’s work was supervised by WHU-professor Lutz Kaufmann.

 

Lutz Kaufmann received the Best Teacher Award of the Part-Time MBA class of 2016. The students of his courses “Strategic Sourcing” and “International Module China” honored the practical approaches, the liveliness of the lectures, and Professor Kaufmann’s unique teaching style. "Very practical real-life cases”, “Great teaching style”, “Excellent organization of the International Module China. Mix of SOE, private companies, German companies was perfect to get an overall picture”, the participants of the courses stated. 

Lutz Kaufmann received the Best Teacher Award for his courses “Strategic Sourcing" and "Negotiations" in WHU’s Full-Time MBA program. The students perceived both courses to be interactive, fun, and extremely engaging. "There is never a boring moment in Professor Kaufmann's classes", the participants stated.  

Dr. Barbara Yilmaz received the CSCMP 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Award for her work titled “Implementing environmental supply chain management initiatives: A social network perspective.” The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) is the pre-eminent association for individuals involved in supply chain management with over 9,000 members worldwide. Barbara was honored for her work at the 2016 CSCMP Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. She is the 43rd recipient of this prestigious award since 1973.

Lutz Kaufmann and Jörg Rottenburger received the Best Paper Award – New Directions of the 76th Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California, USA, for their paper, “The Big Bluff Theory: A reconceptualization of business bluffing”. The judges nominated the paper both for its overall high quality and its innovative use of research methodologies.

Lutz Kaufmann and Tobias Kosmol received the Best Conference Reviewer Award of the Academy of International Business (AIB) 2016 Annual Meeting. The award recognized the “outstanding contribution to the AIB Annual Conference”, which took place on June 27 - 30 in New Orleans, USA.

Dr. Gavin Meschnig won the 2015 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards (ODRA) in the supply chain management category for his dissertation "Decision-making in cross-functional teams - A behavioral perspective on supplier selection decisions".  In his research, Dr. Meschnig identified various levers to improve cross-functional decision-making in the supplier selection process and as a result to select superior performing suppliers. 

The judges picked dissertations which demonstrated significance/implications for theory and practice, originality and innovation, appropriateness and application of the methodology and the quality of the data/research. The Award comes with a cash prize of 1,500 Euros.

During the 25th annual IPSERA conference, Dr. Barbara Wichmann received the IPSERA Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 2016 for her work titled “Implementing environmental supply chain management initiatives: A social network perspective.”

The IPSERA award committee consisted of professors from the United States, Finland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. For the award of 2016, the committee evaluated and chose from among dissertations that were written at universities in North America, Asia, and Europe. According to Professor van Raaij, two of the dissertations that were ranked among the top three by all members of the award committee were from WHU. These dissertations were written by Barbara Wichmann and Gavin Meschnig, both of whom, as PhD candidates in the SCM Group, were supervised by professor Lutz Kaufmann.

Dr. Gavin Meschnig received the Research Award 2016 of the German Association Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME) for his dissertation "Decision-making in cross-functional teams - A behavioral perspective on supplier selection decisions". In his research, Dr. Meschnig identified various levers to improve cross-functional decision-making in the supplier selection process and as a result to select superior performing suppliers. The scientific jury pointed out that Gavin’s research yielded both, significant theoretical contributions and practically useful insights.

The award for the best dissertation is presented by the BME since 1988 and comes with a cash award of €7,000.

Lutz Kaufmann received the Best Teacher Award for his course “Strategic Sourcing" in WHU’s MBA program.

The course enables the students to gain an appreciation of the strategic role of supply management in a global economy and to acquire in-depth knowledge concerning major concepts and instruments needed for successful supply management.

The students particularly praised Professor Kaufmann's teaching methods and the way of engaging them in the topic. 

After 2014, Lutz Kaufmann again received the Best Teacher Award for his course “Negotiations and Dispute Resolution“ in WHU’s BSc program.

The course allows students to get both an in-depth understanding of the setup and processes of negotiations as well as practical training and tools to negotiate effectively.

“Positively challenging negotiation simulations", "very practical orientation and a plethora of helpful take-aways", the students stated.

Lutz Kaufmann received the Best Teacher Award for his course “Negotiations and Dispute Resolution“ in WHU’s BSc program 2014.

The participants praised particularly the practical approach, liveliness, and interaction of the course. “The course managed to reach the learning objective of providing the students with useful negotiation skills for their future careers“, the participants stated.

In September 2014, Professor Dr. Lutz Kaufmann was recognized as one of the 25 best-selling authors over the past 40 years by "The Case Centre".

Cases created at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management are real download hits, according to the "The Case Centre", formerly known as the European Case Clearing House (ECCH). As download statistics at the Case Centre show, fully 40,000 WHU cases have been downloaded since 2003. 

Lutz Kaufmann has been honored as an Outstanding Reviewer of the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management (IJPDLM) in the Emerald Literati Network 2014 Awards for Excellence.

According to the members of the Editorial Team of the IJPDLM, Lutz Kaufmann was chosen as a winner "as they wanted to recognize his significant contribution throughout 2013". 

The ICC invited the submission of original business cases for the 33rd competition in January 2014 in Montreal, Canada. Six cases were finally selected by the ICC. One of them was the WHU case study, "Henkel’s Journey to Purchasing Excellence ˗ Escape from an Adverse Sourcing Situation". The case was written by Sotris Politis as his master thesis in WHU’s Parttime MBA program in summer 2013 under the supervision of Gavin Meschnig and Lutz Kaufmann. The case was the first in the history of the event that transported the topic of purchasing ˗ in particular of purchasing at the German DAX‐icon Henkel AG & Co. KGaA ˗ into the heads and hearts of many participants.

The article "The impact of individual debiasing efforts on financial decision effectiveness in the supplier selection process" by Lutz Kaufmann, Craig R. Carter, and Christian Buhrmann has been chosen the Highly Commended Award Winner 2012 by the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management (IJPDLM).

According to the Editorial Team "the paper has been selected as it was one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2012".

 

The paper "Ratonality in supplier selection decisions: The effect of the buyer’s national task environment", co‐authored by Lutz Kaufmann, Sebastian Kreft, Matthias Ehrgott, and Felix Reimann received the overall Best Paper Award 2012 of the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management (JPSM) during the 22nd Annual IPSERA Conference held from March 24 - March 27, 2013, in Nantes/France.

The paper "Intuitive Team Members in Sourcing Team Decision Making", co‐authored by Lutz Kaufmann, Gavin Meschnig, Matthias Ehrgott, and Felix Reimann received the overall Best Paper Award of the 23rd North American Research Symposium on Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (NARS) hosted by the Arizona State University on March 14 & 15, 2013.

Emerald and EFMD have honored Dominik Riedl with a "Highly Commended Award" for his dissertation "Behavioral Supply Management ‐ A Decision‐Theory‐Based Investigation of Decision Process Decomposition in the United States and China".

It was the sixth time that a dissertation from the chair wins an award in this prestigious research competition. Four times, this was the case in the category "Logistics & Supply Chain Management".

Emerald and EFMD have honored Nikola Denk and Christian Buhrmann with a "Highly Commended Award" for their dissertations "Internationalization of Emerging Market Firms ‐ Grounded Theory‐based Evidence of Relational Ambidexterities" and "Supplier Selection Decisions‐ Reducing the Vulnerability to Judgment and Decision Biases and the Implications for Supplier Performance". Both researchers have participated in Emerald’s and EFMD’s annual Outstanding Doctoral Research Award Competition: Nikola Denk in the "Management & Governance" category and Christian Buhrmann in the "Logistics & Supply Chain Management" category.

Nikola Denk and Christian Buhrmann both wrote their dissertations under the supervision of Lutz Kaufmann.

On September 29, 2010, Matthias Ehrgott received the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) Doctoral Dissertation Award for his research entitled "Social and Environmental Sustainability in Supplier Management - A Stakeholder Theory Perspective on Antecedents and Outcomes".

The 2010 SCMRC Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award was presented on September 26, 2010, to Dominik Riedl for his research on "Behavioral Supply Management - A Decision Theory Based Investigation of Buyer Behavior in China, Mexico, Germany, and the United States". This was the first time in the 11year history that the award was given to a researcher outside the United States. 

Together with their client MAN, the WHU Executive Development Team and Saïd Business School of Oxford University won the Excellence in Practice Award 2010 of the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) for the programs for the Senior Management levels of MAN SE (category Executive Development). 

This is the first time that the award goes to a German business school and for the first time to a trio of partners, a major company and two business schools in two different countries. 

Alex Michel and Dirk Breitschwerdt were two of the winners of the worldwide Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award 2009.

Alex Michel’s dissertation “Behavioral supply management – a review of human judgment and decision making theory and its integration into the field of supply management” persuaded in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management category. 

Dirk Breitschwerdt’s work “International production mandates of subsidiaries – conceptual framework and empirical evidence from German MNEs” was awarded in the Operations and Production Management category.

So far, WHU has been the first and only university with two award winners in the same year. 

Dr. Matthias Ehrgott won the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards (ODRA) in the supply chain management category for his dissertation "Social and Environmental Sustainability in Supplier Management - A Stakeholder Theory Perspective on Antecedents and Outcomes". In his thesis, Dr. Ehrgott examined both the driving forces behind and associated competitive advantages of socially and ecologically sustainable procurement. A particular focus of his research was on relationship of Western firms with vendors from supply markets in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

The case study “SIG Combibloc: Supply Chain Innovations” won the first prize in the SCM category by an independent jury of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). The case was written by Dominik Boskamp, Holger Materlik, Franziska May, and Dominik Steinkühler under the supervision of Lutz Kaufmann and Alex Michel.

The case study “Xelibri – A Siemens Mobile Adventure”, written by the former WHU students Florian Clemens, Henning Hagen, Fabian Hedderich, and Hendrik Sassmann received the status as “Best Selling Case” of the ECCH. The case has been supervised by Lutz Kaufmann.

This is the first WHU case which has been translated into Chinese.

JSCM

Journal of Supply Chain Management –
Leading journal in supply chain management.

The Journal of Supply Chain Management (JSCM) is an interdisciplinary research journal. Launched in 1965, it has published papers by major leaders in the field, such as Steve Borgatti, Tom Choi, Lisa Ellram, Barb Flynn, Gary Frazier, Shelby Hunt, Tom Mentzer, Jack Meredith, Aleda Roth, Jack Wacker, and Oliver Williamson. Members of the Advisory Board are Michael Hitt and Jay Barney, amongst others.

Professor Dr. Lutz Kaufmann joined the Editorial Team of JSCM in 2008 and is the first European to do so. The journal has firmly established itself as one of the leading scientific journals in the field of SCM worldwide. This is visible through the annual impact factors of the Thomson Reuters' Social Sciences Citation Index (ISI Impact Factor of 7.125 in 2018) and through the fact that the Journal is on the A-lists of journals of many of the leading schools worldwide. JSCM has been ranked #1 or #2 across supply chain and operations management journals for eight consecutive years. 

Doctoral Studies

Interested in pursuing doctoral studies in supply chain management? 

We currently offer a position as:

Research Assistant / Doctoral Student (f/m/d) – Strategic Business Negotiations

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We regret that external doctoral studies are currently not possible.

Get in touch

Get in touch with us –
We look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Dr. Lutz Kaufmann

Professor of International Business and Supply Management

lutz.kaufmann(at)whu.edu
+49 (0)261 6509 320

Renate Schirra

Personal Assistant

renate.schirra(at)whu.edu
+49 (0)261 6509 321 

 

Visiting Address

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