Supply Chain Logistics Management (WS 2020/21)







Tag Zeit Häufigkeit Datum Raum
Dienstag 09:00- 16:00 Uhr Einzeltermin 12.01.2021  
Mittwoch 09:00- 16:00 Uhr Einzeltermin 13.01.2021  
Donnerstag 09:00- 16:00 Uhr Einzeltermin 14.01.2021  
Freitag 09:00- 16:00 Uhr Einzeltermin 15.01.2021  


The course will be held digitally.

Course content

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/examination office you need to register directly at the chair.

The registration is open until 25th October 2020. 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-assignment (reading) phase is planned to start with a Kick-Off Meeting mid/end of November 2020 (will be announced later)During this meeting, the students will get all relevant information. The lectures/group work will take place from 12. January until 15. January 2021.


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 2021.

  • Each of the eight topics (see below) will be assigned to different student groups. Students will get their assigned topic in December 2020 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 (12. January 2021) 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 (15. January 2021). The case study´s guideline will be given on Friday (15. January 2021).


Lecturing Phase: Classes start on 12. January 2021 and end on 15. January 2021. 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:

The kick-off meeting date will be announced for November. 

Tuesday, 12. January 2021

  • 10:00 – 13:15: 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
  • 14:15 – 17:00: 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 2019). Students should bring their laptops


Wednesday, 13. January 2021

  • 10:00 – 13:15: Lecture
    • Primary logistics activities (i. network design, ii. information, iii. transportation management, iv. inventory management, v. warehousing, vi. materials handling, vii. packaging)
  • 14:15 – 17:00: practice/group work (tutorial) (Case Study: Volkswagen Modular Contortion at the State of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)


Thursday, 14. January 2021

  • 10:00 – 13:15: Lecture
    • Logistics within supply chain management and key enablers (e.g., organization and relationship management, information technology, and people).
  • 14:15 – 17:00: practice/group work (tutorial) (Pre-readings - group of topics 5 to 8)
    • Presentations - Group 1 to 4 and discussions in class


Friday, 15. January 2021

  • 10:00 – 13:15: Lecture
    • Product variety management, risk management, supply chain flexibility, sourcing strategies
  • 14:15 – 17:00:practice/group work (tutorial) (Pre-readings - group of topics 5 to 8)
    • Presentations - Group 5 to 8 and discussions in class


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