The Heinz Nixdorf Chair of IT-based Logistics at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management was established by the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation in 2007 in order to foster applied research and teaching in the field of efficient logistics systems based on modern information technologies.
Contemporary logistics and supply chain management focuses on the design of optimal material and information flows within national and international value creation chains satisfying the demands of internal and external customers.
In close cooperation with companies and as part of an interdisciplinary network of research partners, we investigate and develop strategies, concepts and methods of IT-based logistics that substantially contribute to the successful development of the regional and supra-regional logistics location.
All courses of the Heinz Nixdorf Chair of IT-based Logistics reflect the contents and guidelines of modern logistics and supply chain management, value chain management, IT-based logistics/ E-SCM and business process management. In a reflexive manner, different theoretical approaches of managing logistical processes will be discussed. Up-to-date theories and concepts, methods and tools to design, implement and control logistics and value chains are presented.
Both a continuous theory-practice transfer and the activity-based learning approach represent didactical principles of the courses. Latest theoretical and practical discoveries enrich the lectures.
The following teaching methods are applied within the courses:
The strategic research orientation of the Heinz Nixdorf Chair of IT-based Logistics comprises three focal areas in the field of logistics and IT-based logistics. To emphasize the strong IT-related environment of logistics, IT-based logistics is in this respect regarded separately from common logistics and supply chain management.
All efforts and activities to conceive and evaluate logistics solutions, which are not only IT-based, are subsumed under the assessment area. Business process management is the focus of the second research area, since business processes are regarded as integral parts especially in IT-based logistics to realize a complementary IT support. All research endeavors are viewed from a business perspective; hence a holistic management approach represents the third research area.
Doctoral projects also cover a broad range of topics in the field of logistics, supply chain and value creation management in the digital age.
The Chair is enhancing an intensive theory-practice transfer, i.e. realization of interdisciplinary research projects, workshops, field projects, as well as the organization of guest speeches, talks, and events with representatives from business companies. We are engaged in regional and supra-regional associations in order to promote the exchange of ideas and to strive for innovative concepts and solutions. Moreover, the Chair cooperates with enterprises to work scientifically on practical problems inter alia in the framework of master theses or studies. Consulting services for companies to discuss organizational questions complete the knowledge transfer.