Chair for Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Today's supply chains (SC) have to cope with growing uncertainties and complexity, e.g. from increasingly volatile customer demand, natural or human threats, or through an increasing number of actors in the value adding process. Tackling these issues is the major objective of the Chair for Information Systems (IS) and Supply Chain Management (SCM), directed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Hellingrath. In particular, the chair develops application-oriented research contributions in the areas of SCM, logistics and operations management with regard to the support by IS. A special focus lies in understanding current logistics and manufacturing issues and resolving them by applying and newly developing modeling and planning methods. In this context, research is fostered by a culture of internationalization, exemplified by the growing number of international research partners and projects conducted.
- Digitalization is ubiquitous, and thus supply chains are thoroughly disrupted by its emerging phenomena, such as Industrie 4.0 and Big Data. Within the first research area of Supply Chain Digitalization, the chair wants to meet the challenges that come with it, identify, and exploit opportunities that arise. To achieve this, the chair conducts research on emerging trends such as Supply Chain Performance Measurement, Production Planning under Industrie 4.0 and Predictive Maintenance and investigates how supply chain digitalization can facilitate through the means of Computational Intelligence and Supply Chain Analytics.
- Nowadays, cross-functional integration within a company and along the supply chain is essential for business success. As an intra- and inter-organizational strategic resource, the research in the area of Supply Chain Integration can improve firm performance and result in sustainable competitive advantages. The group investigates and evaluates state-of-the-art solutions in SCI, and develops concepts to facilitate efficient industrial applications. This includes research in Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), Supply Chain Coordination and Collaboration, and Supply Chain Performance Management, among others.
- The third research group works in the area of Supply Chain Security and Crisis Management. In particular, it addresses specific challenges to decision support systems for practitioners in uncertain and dynamic environments exposed to disruptive events. Our activities are dedicated to understand the use of information systems for a rigor and relevant evaluation and solution design. We aim to provide reference models and procedures to assess current and potential future scenarios by means of modelling, visualization, analysis and simulation of versatile networks.
All activities of the Chair for Information Systems and Supply Chain Management in research and practice on integrative information system development as well as organizational design are integrated in the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS). In the framework of the outlined research fields, the chair is always delighted about interested graduates who strive for an academic career within the frame of doctoral studies.