Research Activities

Our research activities focus on planning and decision-making models to improve resource and energy efficiency in companies and in value networks (supply chains), especially in digital business models. We use empirically oriented qualitative and quantitative models and methods to look at complex management decision-making problems in global value networks. The research work initiates ideas and approaches to digital, resilient and sustainable value networks for a wide range of organisations and economic sectors such as trade or healthcare. We work in an interdisciplinary way and together with national and international partners from science and industry.

Sustainable Supply Chains - Business Models for Sustainable Value Networks

Sustainability requirements are becoming increasingly important in companies in the areas of procurement, production and logistics. Suitable business models as well as analyses of greenhouse gas emissions or life cycle costing can provide information on decision options in a sustainability-oriented development. Efficiency analyses and material and energy flow models are used to estimate future production capacities and design fair contracts. One focus of analysis is on the social sustainability dimension in global value networks (triple bottom line concept).

  • Current preparatory work on the analysis of hydrogen value networks (H2)
  • Digital processes and new work in platform networks among delivery cyclists as a contribution to sustainable urban development (urban logistics): Current publication
  • Current conference papers 2020:Prof. Klumpp and M.Sc. Sebastian Fredershausen (research associate of the chair) will present their research on route planning for commercial electric vehicles in an urban context at the Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL 2020) from 23-25.09.20 as part of the presentation "Commercial Electric Vehicle Routing in Urban Logistics: A Systematic Review. In cooperation with Prof. Caroline Ruiner from the University of Hohenheim, Prof. Klumpp gave a lecture to the EGOS - European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) in July. In their lecture, the researchers presented results of a survey on forms of organization in digital work contexts. Tobias Witt, research associate of the professorship, presented his work results at the SMARTGREENS conference (Smartgreens) in May. His work dealt with methodological approaches to improve transparency in energy scenario studies.



Digital Supply Chains - Digitalisation, Industry 4.0, Physical Internet and Internet of Things (IoT) in Value Networks

Digitalisation with the concept terms Industry 4.0, Internet of Things and Physical Internet plays a prominent role in research and business practice. Industrial processes and systems as well as logistics concepts are increasingly based on digital processes and require an interdisciplinary approach. To this end, research work and analyses are implemented together with corporate partners in order to provide concrete answers to implementation questions in industry, trade and logistics services.

  • Research project ANDROMEDA in cooperation with the University of Hohenheim in the DFG priority programme 2267 "Digitalisation of working environments" (2020-2023): link
  • Research project KARAT in cooperation with the universities of Bremen, Hohenheim and Duisburg-Essen (BMAS, 2021-2023)
  • Current research publication on retail logistics in the International Journal of Logistics Research and Application (2020): link



Health Care Supply Chains - Modelling and Optimisation of Value Networks

We develop material flow and information models to map production processes along selected value chains. For example, they can contribute to improving resource and energy efficiency at the company level or the cooperation of several actors in value creation networks such as in the health sector.

  • Research project MEDUSA in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) Dortmund 2018-2020: Project, Report
  • Research project EURIALE in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) Dortmund 2021-2023: Project
  • Current questions and answers on vaccine logistics COVID-19: link