Research Team Supply Chain Integration

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 research team Supply Chain Integration:


  • Supply Chain Integration
  • Supply Chain Planning
  • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)
  • Cross-functional integration
  • Business Analytics in Supply Chain Integration
  • Enterprise Architecture Management application in Supply Chain Integration


Teaching of ST 2022


  • MA-CS Digitalization for Sustainable Supply Chains
    In recent years, customers and governments have increased the pressure on companies to turn their operations into more environmentally and socially friendly ones. However, companies are not isolated entities and use many resources from different suppliers as well as sell through various channels. Therefore, becoming more sustainable is a complex task, which is not realizable only by means of traditional and local initiatives. To overcome such issues in a world that is every day becoming more digital, it is necessary to invest in disruptive technologies and to strengthen collaboration along the whole supply chain. In this context, the present seminar should investigate digital transformation aspects around the topic of sustainability in supply chains. Despite benefits and opportunities given by the digitalization of businesses, there is little research on how and to which extent digital technologies can support environmental and social sustainability.
  • MA-Lecture Enterprise Architecture Management
    This course provides insights into the methods of information system architecture giving a holistic view on information systems. The need for architecture in complex organizations is motivated by a wide interpretation of information systems. Architecture supports the effective planning and governance of enterprises. Consistently implemented, it facilitates the understanding of business entities’ interrelationships and helps to explicate their contribution to superior enterprise goals. The concrete architecture realization process is underlined by the study of two architecture frameworks.

Teaching of WT 2021/22


  • BA-PS  Advanced Service Parts Forecasting

    Spare parts are characterized by sporadic and intermittent demands that make prediction difficult. Although many algorithms, from exponential smoothing to Croston's method, have been researched, often only the simplest methods are used in practice. Besides the complexity of accurate algorithms, the implementation and embedding in a wide enterprise landscape is a major difficulty. Furthermore, new potentials arise from artificial intelligence methods and new data sources (e.g. sensors). This project seminar deals with the development of a future concept for spare parts forecasting, which can exploit the unused potentials, taking into account the numerous difficulties of spare parts demand forecasting.
  • BA-Lecture Supply Chain Logistics Management
    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


  • MA-CS End-to-end Visibility in Supply Chains

    Supply chain visibility is essential for transparency, data analysis, synchronized decision-making, innovation in product offering, to name just a few. It also supports companies to keep their market competitiveness, for instance, in terms of costs, operations, quality and even sustainability. The seminar should investigate business and technological aspects around the topic end-to-end visibility in supply chains.

Available theses

We offer various topics in the areas of our past theses, which can be seen here:

If you are interested in one of these areas, you can write a mail to the corresponding person, and we will work out a topic together!

Selected publications

  • Kreuter, T., Scavarda, L.F., Thomé, A.M.T., Hellingrath, B., Seeling, M.X. (2021), “Empirical and theoretical perspectives in sales and operations planning”, Review of Managerial Science, published online.
  • Kreuter, T., Kalla, C., Scavarda, L. F., Thomé, A. M. T., & Hellingrath, B. (2021). Developing and implementing contextualised S&OP designs — an enterprise architecture management approach. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 51(6), 634-655.
  • Nicolas, F. N. P., Thomé, A. M. T., & Hellingrath, B. (2021). Usage of information technology and business analytics within sales and operations planning: a systematic literature review. Brazilian Journal of Operations & Production Management, 18(3), e20211152.
  • Kalla, C., Kreuter, T., Scavarda, L. F., & Hellingrath, B. (2021). Integrating Sales and Operations Planning with Supply Chain Risk Management. In Proceedings of the 28th International Annual European Operations Management Association Conference, Berlin, Germany.
  • Israel, E., Kreuter, T., Scavarda, L., & Hellingrath, B. (2019). An Overview of Supply Chain Integration and Performance. In Proceedings of the 26th International Annual European Operations Management Association Conference, Helsinki, Finland.