Logistics & Supply Chain Management

We, the research group Logistics and Supply Chain Management, would like to strengthen the research and teaching at the Technische Universität Darmstadt through our interdisciplinary and interdepartmental activities. To achieve this, we act internally and externally as an interdisciplinary and mutually supportive team.

Our Core Competencies

Logistics & Supply Chain Management is a well-established research group within the Technische Universität Darmstadt’s Department of Law and Economics. The focus of the group’s current research is driven by representative bodies in the field of Business Administration. With strengthened internal and external networks in the future, the team’s research is bound to become more interdisciplinary.

The spectrum of the group’s research activities ranges from logistics management and specific transport related topics to quantitative methods, wherein the development and application of quantitative planning methods remains the main focus, which includes location, procurement, production and transport planning models. The goal is to design, plan and control production and logistics networks. Within logistics management, the group is primarily focused on the analysis of the interfaces of general management functions, particularly strategic planning, controlling and organisation.

The supply chain management area includes networking and cross-company cooperation of the participants within logistics chains. The central idea is that all parties involved consider each other as partners and cooperate to be able to better satisfy the needs of the end customer. Close partner networking often leads to competition between supply chains rather than between individual companies as has been seen before.

This networking of companies within the supply chains leads to far-reaching jurisprudential challenges. For example, the applicable contract and taxation law as well as the corporate governance rules are not sufficiently prepared for new realities. The task of the jurisprudential and business research is to consider new circumstances in order to be able to develop appropriate rules in cooperation with business studies.

Furthermore, the emergence of such networks has economic consequences. The relations between globalisation and regionalisation are being analysed within the framework of the New Economic Geography. The evolution of regional networks of economic activity is a key point here.

Moreover, the design and analysis of a supply chain covers a non-industry specific dimension. Thus logistics chains in different branches feature various characteristics. Within the Department of Law and Economics, the Logistics & Supply Chain Management research group is primarily focused on the automotive, construction, consumer goods and software industries, in addition to cross-sector deliberation.


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