Success: KLU PhDs’ papers awarded

Recently, there have been multiple awards and distinctions of various papers authored by PhDs and Postdoctoral Researchers from Kühne Logistics University. The papers and their authors include:

“Is authoritarian leadership an effective approach during humanitarian operations?” by Mojtaba Salem, Niels Van Quaquebeke and Maria Besiou  (Link will follow in due time)

2020 Best Paper Award of the College of Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management (HOCM) at Annual Meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society

Mojtaba Salem: “While the existing knowledge recommends authoritarian leadership styles, the findings of our study show that when leaders are less authoritarian, aid workers with a stronger prosocial motivation are more adaptable to changing contexts and therefore perform better.”

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“Collaboration in the field. A behavioural approach” by Lea Rüsch, Murat Tarakci, Maria Besiou, and Niels Van Quaquebeke (Link will follow in due time)

Finalist and second place, Best Paper Award Competition of the College of Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management (HOCM) at the Annual Meeting of the Production and Operations Management Society

Lea Rüsch: “Our study shows how a cluster lead can guide various humanitarian organizations to greater collaboration by serving as a neutral facilitator. Despite their common objective, the coordination of efforts between humanitarian organizations remains a challenge. The United Nations therefore formed clusters that facilitate information and resource exchange during disaster response – with mixed results. What are the obstacles to coordination? Our case study shows: often, the cluster lead seems to not only facilitate the cluster meetings but also to have their own operations, engaging in a dual role, which is seen by some players as impeding coordination. By simulating cluster meetings, we were able to generalize and augment the detrimental effects of the cluster lead’s dual role in comparison to a neutral facilitator role that would coordinate meetings without having their own operations. In summary, our findings are intended to improve the coordination of humanitarian operations and contribute to sustainable partnerships.”


Salem, M., Van Quaquebeke, N., Besiou, M., and Meyer, L. (2019) Intergroup Leadership: How Leaders Can Enhance Performance of Humanitarian Operations. Prod Oper Manag, 28: 2877-2897. doi:10.1111/poms.13085

Listed among the top 10% most downloaded papers of the journal “Production and Operations Management” for 2019

Mojtaba Salem: “Based on field data from 125 humanitarian workers, our study shows that humanitarian leaders who adopt an intergroup leadership style can significantly improve operational performance by enhancing cooperation between local and expatriate subgroups inside a field office. Notably, we found that the intergroup leadership style becomes more effective, the more humanitarian workers identify with their cohesive subgroups.”

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Heinen, J. J. and Hoberg, K. (2019). Assessing the potential of additive manufacturing for the provision of spare parts. Journal of Operations Management, 65(8), 810-826.

Listed among the top 10% most downloaded papers of the “Journal of Operations Management” for 2019

Dr. Jakob Heinen, PhD: “Additive manufacturing (i.e., 3D printing) can be an opportunity for spare parts operations to reduce inventories and increase supply chain responsiveness. Professor Kai Hoberg and I examined demand and inventory-related data on a portfolio of over 57,000 spare parts to investigate from an operations perspective the systematic shift from traditional to additive manufacturing. For example, we found that even when production costs are four times higher in comparison to traditional manufacturing technologies, additive manufacturing can be a viable alternative for over 8% of all spare part types. This share represents only 2% of the total units supplied.”