Supply Chain Logistics Management (WS 2018/19)








Tag Zeit Häufigkeit Datum Raum
Freitag 10:00- 11:30 Uhr Einzeltermin 09.11.2018 Leonardo-Campus 11, LEO 11.9
Dienstag 09:00- 16:00 Uhr Einzeltermin 08.01.2019 Leonardo-Campus 11, LEO 11.9
Mittwoch 09:00- 16:00 Uhr Einzeltermin 09.01.2019 Leonardo-Campus 11, LEO 11.9
Donnerstag 09:00- 16:00 Uhr Einzeltermin 10.01.2019 Leonardo-Campus 11, LEO 11.9
Freitag 09:00- 16:00 Uhr Einzeltermin 11.01.2019 Leonardo-Campus 11, LEO 11.9



Logistics often is defined as having the right item in the right quantity at the right time at the right place for the right price in the right condition to the right customer. Logistics incorporates all industry sectors and is of high importance for every company producing and selling goods. While logistics is having a focus onto the operative processes, supply chain managements deals with the design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of supply chains across several organizations, thus having a broader view than logistics.

The course investigates traditional logistics within the context of the supply chain. Topics covered by the course are:

• Main definition of logistics

• Evolution of logistics

• Performance management systems

• Primary logistics activities

• Logistics within supply chain management

• Logistics in emerging countries

• Trends in logistics

The reference textbook is ”Supply Chain Logistics Management, Donald J. Bowersox, David J. Closs, and M. Bixbt Cooper, McGrawHill ISBN 0-07-235100-4, 2002”.



This lecture/exercise is limited to 30 participants. In addition to the regular application at the Prüfungsamt you need to register directly at the chair.

The registration is open until 15th October 2018. The registration form can be found here:

Written exam (70%) Group assignment (30%)


Course Structure:

The course will be structured in two phases. First within a pre-assignment, students will have to do some readings before the lectures will start, commencing the second phase. Within the lecturing phase, a presentation of the insights gained from the readings by the students is foreseen. Additionally, work on a case study will be carried out.

The pre-assigment (reading) phase is planned to start with a Kick-Off Meeting on Friday, 9. November 2018 (10:00 am). During this meeting, the students will get all relevant information. The lectures/group work will take place from 08. January 2019 until 11. January 2019.


Pre-assignment Phase:  A list of the pre-assignment readings will be provided and the topics will be assigned at Kickoff-meeting. Readings are to be done before the beginning of the classes in January 2019.

  • Each of the eight topics (see below) will be assigned to different student groups. Students will get their assigned topic in November 2018 and are expected to read and analyze the two papers of their respective topic before the beginning of the classes. Students sharing the same topics have the possibility to ask questions and discuss the papers on Tuesday (08. January 2019) to present their analysis on Wednesday (topics 1 to 4) and Thursday (topics 5 to 8).
  • Students should read and analyze the papers regarding the Volkswagen case study. It is expected that students will be able to discuss the content of these papers during the practice/group works on Friday (11. January 2019). The case study´s guideline will be given on Friday (11. January 2019).


Lecturing Phase: Classes start on 08. January 2019 and end on 11. January 2019. They will take place every day from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Classes will have a mixture of lecturing and practice/group work to get the content of the lecture. Lectures will be during the morning and group discussions and presentations based on the pre-assignment readings will be during the afternoons.


Course Schedule:

Friday, 09. November 2018

  • 10:00 – 11:30 Kick-Off Meeting and topic assignment


Tuesday, 08. January 2019

  • 9:00 – 12:15: Lecture
    • Logistics: definitions, main concepts, evolution (from military logistics to sustainable logistics and from material management/ physical distribution to supply chain management) and performance measurement systems
    • Introduction to the primary logistics activities
  • 13:15-16:00: practice/group work (tutorial)
    • General instructions for the practice/ group work activities
    • Discussions, Q&A, and final preparation of the presentations of pre-readings (papers assigned in November of 2018). Students should bring their laptops


Wednesday, 09. January 2019

  • 9:00 – 12:15: Lecture
    • Primary logistics activities (i. network design, ii. information, iii. transportation management, iv. inventory management, v. warehousing, vi. materials handling, vii. packaging)
  • 13:15-16:00: practice/group work (tutorial) (Pre-readings - group of topics 1 to 4)
    • Presentations - Group 1 to 4 and discussions in class


Thursday, 10. January 2019

  • 9:00 – 12:15: Lecture
    • Logistics within supply chain management and key enablers (e.g., organization and relationship management, information technology, and people).
  • 13:15-16:00: practice/group work (tutorial) (Pre-readings - group of topics 5 to 8)
    • Presentations - Group 5 to 8 and discussions in class


Friday, 11. January 2019

  • 9:00 – 12:15: Lecture
    • Product variety management, risk management, supply chain flexibility, sourcing strategies
  • 13:15-16:00: practice/group work (tutorial) (Case Study: Volkswagen Modular Contortion at the State of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)


  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Hellingrath (verantwortlich)
  • Tobias Kreuter (begleitend)
  • Christian Kalla (begleitend)
  • Prof. Dr. Luiz Felipe Scavarda do Carmo (verantwortlich)