Logistics Management is an interorganizational relationship management that aims at improving the logistic profitability of all involved actors in a logistics system. The theoretical foundation is based on the basic ideas of transaction cost theory, network theory and the resource-based view. In addition, the cross-sectional character of logistics also allows the consideration of interface problems, in particular to the areas of marketing, production and technology management, but also the networking with other disciplines such as natural sciences, mathematics and engineering sciences.
Having this in mind, it is a major task to work sustainably on this field from both a theoretical and a methodological point of view. The aim is to develop a general logistics theory based on an organisational, economic and technological foundation.
Our goal is to develop approaches for logistics research and practice that contribute to solving relevant problems in a useful way - according to the principle:
The problem determines the theory and method follow the problem. From this, the following focal points in research and teaching are derived for the professorship:
Optimized and customer-oriented design, dimensioning and organization of local, national and global logistics systems
Derivation of suitable operational logistics models for the management and control of local, national and global flows of goods and related information as well as appropriate proposals for cooperation between the actors involved.
The key words are clear focus, strong commitment to the university, open-mindedness, team-oriented, innovative, tolerance, theory building, empirical performance assessment, applied and productive and internationally networked.