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Master in Sustainable Management and Operations (SuMO)


Master in Sustainable Management and Operations (SuMO)


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18 (12) months*

Program duration


Language of instruction

At the center of logistics Hamburg

Blended format

6 five day on campus sessions


5 online learning phases

(24-40 hours per phase)

Tuition fees

22,400 € / 14,900 €

*Students will obtain a "Master in Sustainable Management and Operations” (18 months incl. Master thesis). Optionally, students may receive a “Certificate in Sustainable Management and Operations” if they choose not to complete the Master thesis (12 months, excl. Master thesis).

General information

Our Sustainable Management and Operations Program (SuMO) is a part-time program which offers professionals the unique opportunity to flexibly and efficiently acquire the conceptual foundations of sustainable management and learn how to effectively transfer knowledge to create real impact. SuMO integrates state-of-the-art scientific expertise with a holistic and interconnected perspective on sustainability. Our blended learning format makes the best use of time by effectively aligning innovative online learning modules with highly interactive on-campus sessions at KLU in Hamburg.

Beginning with the big picture, the module structure explores the relevant topics related to sustainability through interactive class discussions and teamwork, allowing the students to transfer basic business concepts to applications in the field of sustainability. The SuMO ‘Impact Project’ exposes the students to the substantive challenges associated with sustainability and offers an immersive, holistic, and real-life learning experience. 

With the support of the DAAD, SuMO will be co-developed with and taught at the University of Dar es Salaam and University of Nairobi to enhance education and economic development in Africa. For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Andreas Gernert.

Program Format


Master in Sustainable Management and Operations


18 months

22,400 €

Certificate in Sustainable Management and Operations


12 months

14,900 €

Participants have the option to either pursue the Master program with the completion of a master's thesis or to obtain a certificate without a master's thesis. The curriculum is the same for both programs with the addition of a master's thesis for the Master program.

The Market Need

Within companies the focus is shifting from raising awareness for sustainability towards developing specific solutions. As the areas of technology and management are moving into the spotlight of attention day by day, sustainability has an economical, social and environmental dimension in today´s society. The industry confirms that sustainability and the transition into sustainable products and workflows is very much a relevant area where broader insights need to be gained.
As Sustainability is a key competence area of the Kühne Logistics University, we decided to offer an educational program to train professionals to leverage their knowledge into their companies. 

What's in it for you?

Through the SuMO program you will become an expert in corporate sustainability, equipped with the skills to:

  • Critically assess how sustainable an organization is;
  • Measure and report the sustainability footprint of a company and its supply chain;
  • Effectively communicate sustainability policy and measures with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Lead the sustainability agenda at the strategic and operational levels of an organization across business units and geographical locations;
  • Effectively transfer knowledge to achieve real, sustainable impacts within a business.

Employees completing the Sustainable Management and Operations program possess the ability to:

  • Build and execute your company’s sustainability strategy through the application of unique and comprehensive competences;
  • Lead and contribute to the development of sustainable products and services, enhancing your business’ brand image and improving its bottom line;
  • Assume leadership roles in your company, professionally addressing change and transformation processes;
  • Ensure your business remains compliant by maintaining an overview and understanding of industry and governmental regulations and legislation.

Module description

The Module “Big Picture” introduces participants to the field of sustainability and the role of companies in sustainability. Students will learn about the historical development of sustainability in science, industry and global politics and discuss recent developments in areas such as climate change, the energy transition, and technologies for a more sustainable economic system. The Module will also help students to critically reflect on and discuss on how corporate activities affect and are affected by the biosphere and what role companies play in a social, legal, and market environment. Together, these insights will provide students with a structured view on corporate sustainability, a concept that focuses holistically on the role of companies in the natural and social environment.

The Module “Strategy and Leadership for Sustainability” explores different aspects of strategy for sustainable business and effective leadership for sustainable business. Successfully transforming companies to become more sustainable is a challenging task that requires not only a clear strategic direction but also effective leadership to guide the transition. Module II first asks students to understand what sustainability in business is and how to design a sustainability strategy. Students will then learn about leadership approaches to effectively lead employees through sustainability strategies. Last, students will apply and translate concepts of Module II by evaluating decisions taken by managers and by designing alternative sustainability strategies.

The Module “Sustainable Supply Chains” focuses on the options that a company has to extend social and environmental standards beyond its organizational boundaries onto their upstream and downstream supply chain. Following initiatives like the German supply chain law (“Lieferkettengesetz”), students will learn how companies can effectively design and implement sustainability improvements in partnership with their suppliers or NGOs. An emphasis will be placed on organizational and technical approaches to monitor and certify the conditions under which goods like consumer electronics or chocolate are produced. Students will further dive into designing closed-loop supply chains that take care of the products also after the end of their life-cycle and facilitate a shift from a linear to a circular economy.

The Module “Green Logistics and Operations” examines how to design and manage environmentally and socially responsible logistics and operations processes from an organizational, technological, and behavioral perspective. Following initiatives like the European Green Deal, students will discuss principles, practices, and innovative concepts for developing more sustainable logistics and operations management solutions along the supply chain. The course will take a holistic perspective on this topic, including a variety of topics in this field. An emphasis will be, for example, on carbon measurement, innovative mobility services and propulsion technologies in transportation, and sustainable warehousing and storage strategies. Students will learn how to critically judge solution approaches and propose their own ideas towards sustainable logistics and operations processes.

The Module “Innovation of Sustainable Technologies” focuses on the process of designing more sustainable product and service offerings and bringing them to the market. Students will be introduced to a toolbox that supports all aspects of generating and evaluating product ideas. It covers, for example, customer need identification, translating them into product features, and selecting the best product concept. It further extends to product development, where students will learn about life-cycle analysis, cradle-to-cradle product design, and product-service systems. With the toolbox, students will be able to identify and overcome typical development challenges on their way towards a more sustainable market offering.

Organizational design needs to support sustainability on all organizational levels. Therefore, this module will discuss 1) the structure of corporate governance at the top level of organizations (i.e., board composition and the role of CSOs), 2) how sustainability can be positioned in organizational structures, and 3) how organizational structures can be designed to foster (employee) sustainability. Students will analyze different options for organizational design and discuss the advantages and disadvantages. Corporate Governance further asks companies to report how the company delivers value to its stakeholders. With regard to transparency and accounting the module therefore also deals with the challenges of choosing and using such a reporting system. It explains integrated reporting and provides an overview of key players and standards in sustainability reporting (e.g., International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)). In this context, students analyze the benefits and drawbacks of non-financial key performance indicators. After having completed this module, students will be able to analyze if organizational design fosters sustainability and to identify improvements for sustainability-oriented organizational design. Students will also have developed the ability to describe the interrelationships between organizational design, corporate culture, and non-financial reporting.

Most organizational changes including transition to more sustainable businesses fail. In the Module “Communicating Sustainability” students will learn how guide through the transition processes by focusing on three major stakeholders in the transition process to corporate sustainability: employees, investors, and customers. Such processes can only be successful, if management understands the needs and wants of a company’s different stakeholders and can clearly communicate the aims and the different steps in this transition, create common ground, and mediate between potentially conflicting interests. A successful organizational adoption of corporate sustainability requires the acceptance of new key performance indicators, new skills, and new structures by all stakeholders. Investors need to understand, where the corporation is heading and how this focus on sustainability will be aligned with the long-term profitability of the firm. Employees might resist changes because of uncertainty and organizational inertia. Finally, this transition is likely to affect the existing customer base and may conflict with their learned behavior and expectations, for example, regarding product features, packaging, service delivery, or price points. To overcome these obstacles and engage all stakeholders, students will practice communication techniques to lead their company through the sustainability transition process.

Despite allowing for large aggregate welfare gains in all countries, globalization is often blamed for its lack of social and environmental sustainability. In this module, we seek to understand both the desirable and adverse consequences of the integration of global markets and identify opportunities for improvement. We organize our discussions along two dimensions. First, how globalization impacts social equality and justice. We characterize the distributional effects of global production and trade and debate how they can undermine the very existence of open societies. Second, how globalization impacts the environment. We describe the wide variation in production emissions and use of renewable resources across countries and discuss what those differences could teach about the creation of an all-encompassing green economy. Within both dimensions, we also examine the role of global institutions, such as, WTO, IWF, or the ICJ, in building a socially and environmentally efficient globalization, for example, through regulating global markets for certificates and emission contingents or enforcing decent work standards.

This module provides students with an opportunity to work on a real sustainability problem. Students work in groups of 2-4 over the entire year.The sustainability impact project requires the students to apply their knowledge, practical experience, basic research skills, critical thinking and innovative ideas in a way similar to how they would in their career. The project needs to be practical, relevant, and address a sustainability problem of great interest to the partner. These projects are performed with a sponsoring company, NGO, or government agency. Student groups develop their analysis and recommendations during the project. In June, students prepare a one-slide outlining their project and their development so far. In December they complete the project with the delivery of a final report and presentation to academic advisors, other students and the company/NGO partner.

Important Dates

  • Start of application period: May 1, 2023*
  • 10 % "Early Bird" discount deadline: November 15, 2023
  • Application deadline: January 31, 2024
  • Start of the program: March 11, 2024

* If you are a company interested in sending multiple candidates, please contact us directly.


  • Admission with a bachelor’s degree with 180-240 ECTS or equivalent from a recognized university or college;
  • Enrollment without a first academic degree possible subject to an entrance exam (GMAT);
  • 2 years of work experience;
  • English proficiency proven by: TOEFL (IBT 90), IELTS (Band 6.5) or CAE/CPE (grade C). The TOEFL, IELTS or an equivalent certificate must not be older than 2 years at the time of submitting the application. Exceptions and waivers can be applied for and will be decided on individual basis.
  • Please download the application documents below and apply online via the "apply now" button to proceed with your application via our online application platform;
  • An application will be considered as soon as we have received all the required documents. The Admissions Department checks each incoming application to determine whether the admission requirements are met.

Please download the following documents that are necessary for your application process as soon as you apply via our online application platform:

Please note: Your application will be considered, once you submit your final application and documents via the application platform.

Our Admissions Department will then get in touch with you to support you through the rest of the application process.

Tuition and Scholarships

  • 18 months part-time Master Program: € 22,400 
    Optional 12 months Certificate Program: € 14,900
    In exchange, at KLU you will benefit from studying in small classes, an international environment, and excellent contacts to the business world.
  • Your tuition fees cover tuition and services, on-campus and online classes including all course materials, on-campus IT services, access to the library and  support and administrative services.
  • 20 % KLU Alumni Discount

KLU offers a variety of scholarships for SuMO applicants.

If your company is a member of the networks AGA, BVL or LIHH, KLU offers one 50% scholarship each, that you can apply for.

Graduates from Common Purpose programs are offered a 50 % scholarship. If you’ve completed one of the programs, you can apply for this scholarship.

Furthermore, KLU offers a 50 % regional scholarship for applicants from developing countries who plan on working in their home countries upon completion of their studies, as well as a 50 % scholarship for applicants who work in the humanitarian sector for NGO’s.

If you would like to apply for one of the above-mentioned scholarships, please submit the scholarship application form, a letter of motivation as well as a confirmation proving that you’re eligible for the scholarship you’re applying for.

Scholarship application

Application deadline for scholarships: February 3.

Please note: As we also have rolling admission, please apply as early as possible (otherwise the scholarship might be given away by the time you apply for it).

Also have a look at: 

Brain Capital*
External Scholarships

*Applicable for master's students only.

Meet us

  • If you would like to get to know KLU in person, you are welcome to visit our campus. We are also happy to meet you virtually and have a chat about our program any time that suits you.
  • Join our next Open Day!

We look forward to meeting you soon at Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg!

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Prof. Dr. Prisca Brosi

Associate Professor of Human Resource Management

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Prof. Dr. Alexa Burmester

Assistant Professor of Applied Quantitative Methods

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Prof. Dr. Andreas Kilian Gernert

Assistant Professor for Sustainable Operations

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Prof. Dr. Alexander Himme

Associate Professor of Management Accounting

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Prof. Dr. Johannes Meuer

Associate Professor for Sustainability Strategy and Operations, Co-Director Center for Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chains

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Prof. Dr. Moritz Petersen

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Supply Chain Practice, Co-Director Center for Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chains

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Prof. Marcos Ritel, PhD

Assistant Professor for International Trade

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Prof. Dr. Sandra Transchel

Professor for Supply Chain and Operations Management

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Prof. Christian Tröster, PhD

Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior

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Dr. Shilla Memusi-Hillmann

Program Manager (SuMO Program)

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Christoph Kiese

Solutions & Development Principal Executive Education


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