Corporate Labs

The team of Prof. Dr. Matthias Klumpp is particularly active in combining methodologically based empirical state-of-the-art management research ("evidence-based management")with corporate management questions in the field of logistics, operations and supply chain management through corporate labs. This is done with individual lead partners, while at the same time an open innovation approach is pursued in which other companies and organizations are flexibly invited to participate at any time. Five principles are applied, which allow a productive, application-oriented and equally detailed examination of strategic and operational management issues in the field of logistics, operations amd supply chain management:

  • Long-term: Corporate labs are designed as long-term collaborations and thus provide a basis for strategic innovation projects. Questions can be elaborated in the required depth and detail to enable sustainable decision-making information and innovation approaches for the partner organizations. This also further strengthens the research claim, as theory-building, abstracted findings for international management research can be elaborated.
  • Method-based: The application of current scientific methods („Rigor“) is at the heart of the corporate labs' research and innovation work. This ensures transfer to application practice and at the same time generates unique method application knowledge, which in turn can trigger method innovations on the science side ("Which analysis and decision methods work in which application contexts?").
  • Relevance to application: The objective of "relevance" is ensured by the ongoing integration of current management topics into the research and innovation work of the corporate labs, for example in biannual steering committee meetings with the partner organizations. At the same time, the research and innovation work focuses less on concrete process results and more on long-term concept insights, which guarantees broad transferability in the partner organizations to different areas and contexts.
  • Twinning: As a rule, doctoral positions and persons on the university side (methodological knowledge) are combined with one or more other persons as external doctoral researchers in the company or in the partner organization (application knowledge), who conduct long-term joint research and advance innovations. This ensures a lively connection and cross-fertilization of current research with trend management issues in practice.
  • Clan principle: Flexibility in implementation while ensuring knowledge and reliable topic-related points of contact is guaranteed by the clan principle. This means that there is always a contact person for strategic topics such as sustainability or digitalization, while at the same time other team and clan members can be flexibly involved in work in the topic area at any time (e.g. for projects, seminar and thesis work, etc.).

Biotech Operations Excellence Lab mit der Sartorius AG Göttingen

The Sartorius Biotech Operations Excellence Lab represents a cooperation between the Sartorius AG Göttingen and the Georg-August University Göttingen with the Chair of Production and Logistics with the aim of designing and optimizing sustainable production and logistics concepts. With regard to the current global challenges of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, it is of great importance to design the production and distribution of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines as efficiently as possible.
Through the establishment of the strategic partnership, research and innovative concepts for excellent processes in value chains will be developed cooperatively, while at the same time supporting the qualification of employees. The joint research and innovation development is intended to increase the flexibility and efficiency of the global production of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines through more sustainable and intelligent solutions. Various sub-projects are analyzing different issues in the field of supply chain management and developing innovative concepts. This ranges, for example, from a concept development for the coupling of value-added services (VAS) to SARTORIUS products, to the digital modeling and mapping of supply chain processes with the aim of analyzing, identifying and realizing optimization potentials, to the integration of multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) methods into the selection process for software applications. In addition, target group-specific training courses are used to train employees from different areas and thus promote a common understanding of supply chain processes.

Retail Logistics Lab mit der REWE Group Cologne

Retail Logistics & Innovation Lab with the REWE Market GmbH Cologne
From October 2022, the Retail Logistics Lab will examine current innovation issues relating to retail logistics systems, particularly regarding transportation topics. Aspects such as sustainabilityand digitization as well as the human factor within automated logistics processes will be the focus of method-based analyses and simulations. This is closely integrated into specific corporate operational logistics issues, but specifically considers overarching aspects and generalizable concepts. The Lab is jointly supported by the faculty teams Production and Logistics as well as Marketing and Innovation Management and financed by REWE Market for five years in order to enable a long-term perspective for research and innovation work as well as PhD projects and graduations. Up to four pre- and post-doc persons will work in the Lab group alongside the two professors Matthias Klumpp and Maik Hammerschmidt. A first conference paper on the topic human handling of complex processes in retail logistics has already been accepted for presentation at the 2022 EURO Working Group on Retail Operations Workshop at Koc University Istanbul in October 2022. The Lab research group is integrated into the research activities of the Smart Retail Group of the Business Administration Department and follows an open innovation approach, inviting further companies, individuals and institutions to participate and exchange ideas at any time (e.g. in the context of thesis projects or company workshops). On 29.11.2022, the Lab will be ceremonially opened as part of the Göttingen Retail Summit 2022.

Sustainable Logistics Lab mit der Zufall Logistics Group Göttingen

As part of the cooperation between the Production and Logistics team at Göttingen University and the Zufall.Lab of the Zufall Logistics Group Göttingen, various aspects of sustainable logistics concepts are being highlighted. This ranges, for example, from social sustainability aspects in the analysis and improvement of the working conditions of professional drivers (KARAT project) to the transfer of knowledge and skills in the area of measuring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by means of digital tools (e. g. digital emission calculators) in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and public institutions (MEASURE project) to economic sustainability dimensions in the process optimisation of transport operations through digitalisation and artificial intelligence ("Predictive Tour Planning").