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.

The group's research focus on a variety of different research topics in the field of supply chain management and information systems.

  • Industrie 4.0: Technological advantages, e.g. in automation and communication, enable new paradigms in the design and operation of production systems, aiming to produce customer specific goods in small lot sizes with the efficiency of mass production. Current production planning and -control methods are not capable of this yet. Therefore, the group is evaluating and developing new approaches and methods to be used in future information systems.
  • Spare Parts: Condition monitoring enables an early identification of machine breakdowns and thus facilitates more precise planning and management of spare parts and maintenance services. The group focuses on developing improved diagnostics and prognostics data analytics methods for predictive maintenance. Moreover, integrated as well as decentralized planning models for spare parts management are being developed by means of modelling processes of the spare parts supply chain.
  • Digitized SC: Digitization is disrupting the field of supply chain management. Digital platforms fundamentally change collaboration between supply chain actors; big data applications enable data-driven business models, and cloud computing makes supply chain data available - at anytime, anywhere. The group investigates and assesses important digitization levers that affect and re-shape the value chain and its business models.
  • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP): Nowadays, cross-functional integration within a company and along the supply chain are essential for business success. As S&OP addresses this challenge by constantly realigning decisions in sales, marketing, finance and operations, the interest in this field is growing rapidly. The group is investigating and evaluating the state-of the-art in S&OP and developing concepts to facilitate efficient industrial applications.
  • Humanitarian Logistics: Supply chain and logistics management are crucial for effective disaster response. The group conducts research on modeling, performance measurement, and simulation of humanitarian supply chains with a special focus on the design and evaluation of supporting information systems. Additionally, the group investigates how crisis crowdsourcing can support situation assessment, focusing on infrastructure and resources in affected areas.

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.