Executive MBA in Leadership & Logistics

General information

Our Executive MBA in Leadership & Logistics is an exciting educational experience focused on preparing high potential professionals to become global leaders in supply chain operations and management. Enjoy the advantages of studying at Kühne Logistics University – with its interactive learning experience, its international environment, and its vital relationships to the business world.

Students completing this program acquire practical knowledge and skills enabling them to:

  • Lead and manage global businesses having complex international operations;
  • Develop effective corporate and supply strategies to compete in complex international settings;
  • Understand complexities of intercultural cooperation to ensure effective interaction with international subsidiaries and partners;
  • Leverage the creative energies of themselves and their colleagues to create innovative solutions to global operational issues that are both sustainable and profitable.

Studying at KLU means learning in an international, multi-cultural atmosphere: our students and professors come from all over the world, all of our courses are held in English, and our curricula address the international issues facing today’s businesses. As part of the Executive MBA program, two sessions are held at international partner universities: one at the Fisher College of Business, the Ohio State University, USA, and one at the Tongji University in Shanghai, China, as an integral part of the program.

If you would like to get to know KLU in person, you are also welcome to visit our campus or to make an appointment with our KLU staff!

We hope to see you soon at Kühne Logistic University in Hamburg!


The program is an eighteen month long part time program mixing class room work with team based projects. Two international trips are integrated into the curriculum to provide the students with background information on how other cultures learn and work. A capstone project (thesis) based on a real world problem of importance to the student and their employer integrates the knowledge developed throughout the program and provides the student with a transition from learning to actual practice. 

The four dimensions of the educational program are described below.


  • Where are we going?
  • Who are our competitors?
  • How are we different?
  • How will we compete?

Competing on a global scale requires understanding not only home market competition, but how global markets operate and how global competitors compete.

The KLU EMBA provides students with the tools and frameworks needed to analyze and understand the competitive landscape on local, regional, national and international scales. The students also learn how corporate financial practices can be implemented to ensure that appropriate resources are available for the sustainability of their strategies. Finally, students learn skills to enhance their organizational leadership capabilities so that they can effectively lead their organizations for long term value creation.

  • How should we organize to compete?
  • What resources do we need?
  • How can we motivate our people?
  • How do we control ourselves?

Proper organization structure is necessary if a global strategy is to be effectively implemented and sustainable value created for stakeholders.

The KLU EMBA provides students with the tools and frameworks needed to properly turn their strategies into appropriate organization structures that not only are capable of implementing the strategy, but are capable of creating long term, sustainable value for all stakeholders. Students also learn how accounting systems can be used to ensure that the organization is operating in an effective manner locally and across international borders. Finally, students learn how to hire and motivate workers from diverse cultural backgrounds so that true value is created through the working of the organization.

  • What products do we want to make?
  • How do we keep them fresh?
  • How do we get our message to the customer?
  • How can we get feedback from our customers?

Long term value creation only occurs if an organization can consistently develop new and valuable products for their customers and society.

The KLU EMBA teaches students how to develop new products using processes and procedures that are driven by “voice of the customer” marketing and sales activities and that operate in an “evergreen” manner to ensure that product pipelines are continually refreshed. In addition, since new product development requires complex team leadership skills, students are exposed to practices and activities that facilitate their team leadership capabilities.

  • How can we operate effectively and efficiently?
  • How can we operate in a sustainable manner?
  • How can we involve everyone in the operation?
  • How can we continuously improve?

Organizational activities do not occur in an isolated manner. Operations impact the workers who perform the work, the society in which the work is performed, the environment and all stakeholders from owners to customers. To create consistent and sustainable value requires leadership not only in thetechnical areas of operations management, but in the areas of socio-economic sustainability and human resource leadership.

The KLU EMBA teaches students effective and efficient operations techniques concerning green and lean operations, how management controls and performance measures can be developed, deployed and used to guide an organization in an effective manner, and how to engage the hearts and minds of employees by leading through listening.


The program is composed of nine modules, including the capstone project.

  1. Business in a Global Context
  2. Global Competitive Strategy
  3. Organizing for Sustainable Value Creation
  4. Managing Supply Chains for Value (Study Trip to the Ohio State University)*
  5. Developing Valuable Products for customers and Society
  6. Sustainable Operations Management
  7. Sustainable Logistics Operations (Study Trip to Tongji University)*
  8. Reinventing the Organization
  9. Master Thesis (capstone project)

*Study Trips

The sessions of module 5 and 7 are held at our international partner universities Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, U.S.A. and Tongji University, Shanghai, China to enhance global and inter-cultural business skills. During the two trips, students will experience how other cultures learn and work. The study trip to the USA will take place in May, the Study trip to China in March. The study trips are entirely organized by the KLU and expenses regarding teaching materials, meals, excursions and supporting program are covered. Please note that costs regarding flights and visa arrangements are not covered. The program coordinator will provide you with all important information regarding visa applications. Please make sure that you book your flights and apply for your visa well in advance. Please note that both study trips are fully recognized as educational leave. We will provide you with the relevant confirmation.


Alena Vasilevskaya / Iev ZV, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

This program is the next step to revealing my leadership character and considering it from a global perspective for future growth within my company. It helps to look at your work, yourself, and your interaction in a group from a different angle.

Alena Vasilevskaya / Iev ZV, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

Dominik Beck, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

I chose this program after attending a trial lecture. Apart from the unique focus on logistics, I was impressed by KLU’s internationality, the quality of the professors, the campus, and the alignment with American business school standards.

Dominik Beck, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

Jaime Gerdts Dager, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

The program is properly focused and includes strategies for business management, leadership, and logistics. It fits my needs perfectly, since it enables me to work while studying. I absolutely recommend it.

Jaime Gerdts Dager, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

Jonas Schultz, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

This program is a unique combination of the transfer of knowledge in the field of logistics and an important focus on leadership skills. Real world applications, cases and lecturers with hands-on expert experience in their fields back up the concept behind it.

Jonas Schultz, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

Markus Nowc, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistcis, Class of 2017

The set-up of the program allows me to continue my professional career while enhancing my educational knowledge, leading to a faster know-how transfer. The professors are motivating and the participants benefit from a wide range of international experiences.

Markus Nowc, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistcis, Class of 2017

Yigit Yuruker, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

One of the best things about the program is our study method. There are lots of discussions in the class and participants from three different continents and several different markets make them quite lively. It helps me understand and evaluate the markets even better.

Yigit Yuruker, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for the 18 months part-time Executive MBA program are € 29,750 (includes teaching materials, excludes educational trips). In exchange, at KLU you will benefit from studying in small classes, an international environment, and excellent contacts to the business world.

We provide a variety of financing options in the form of Brain Capital financing or scholarships.

Your tuition fees cover tuition and services, including all course materials, on-campus IT services, and access to the library. Further, during the study trips to the Ohio State University and Tongji University, teaching materials, hotel stays, excursions, and supporting program as well as meals are included. The tuition fees do not include the travel costs or personal expenses.

Important Dates

Application dates

  • Application deadline: August 15, 2016
  • Scholarship application deadline: August 15, 2016

Program dates


  • Session I: 08 – 12 September 2016
  • Session II: 07 – 10 October 2016
  • Session III: 28 – 31 October 2016
  • Session IV: 18 – 21 November 2016
  • Session V: 09 – 12 December 2016


  • Session VI: 13 – 16 January 2017
  • Session VII: 10  – 13 February 2017
  • Session VIII: 04  – 11 March 2017*
  • Session IX: 31 March – 03 April 2017
  • Session X: 21 – 24 April 2017
  • Session XI: 20 – 27 May 2017**
  • Session XII: 18 – 21 August 2017
  • Session XIII: 15 – 18 September 2017
  • Session XIV: 13 – 16 October 2017

Master's thesis

  • Capstone Project: November 2017 – March 2018

Study Abroad Session

  • * Tongji University, Shanghai, China: 04 March – 11 March 2017
  • ** Ohio State University, USA: 20 – 27 May 2017