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Our part-time MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management 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:
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 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.
...a KLU MBA student from Germany (MBA in Leadership & Supply Chain Management, Class of 2022). Interviewed by Lauren Rondestvedt from the US, Program Manager at KLU.
Our part-time MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management is an exciting educational experience focused on preparing high potential professionals to become global leaders in supply chain operations and management. Find out why our students chose the program and how it helped them professionally and personally.
The program is an eighteen-month long part-time program mixing classroom 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.
Our MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management focuses on training students to become leaders that create true, sustainable value for their organizations, their society and themselves. Over the course of the program, the contents of the modules move along the lines of a broad strategic perspective to focusing on more detailed, tactical issues in operational management. As such, they cover all subject areas of business administration. The courses delivered align with KLU’s key competence areas:
Today’s businesses find themselves at the heart of a vastly growing and dynamic network of information. To ensure that an organization can sustain a value proposition for customers and society over the long term requires the continual reevaluation of information relevant for business activities and keeping up with the newest developments in digital technologies. Students of KLU’s MBA program learn how to use information systems in an integrated way to support fact-based decision-making, interact effectively and efficiently within their organization as well as with partners, customers and other stakeholders and thus ultimately enhance the organizations’ competitiveness on a global scale.
Competing on a global scale requires an understanding of how global markets operate and how competitors in these markets compete. Proper organizational structure and leadership are necessary if a global strategy is to be effectively implemented and for sustainable value to be created for stakeholders. KLU’s MBA provides students with the tools, leadership skills and financial practices necessary to develop a sustainable corporate strategy and to implement an organizational structure that supports this strategy.
Furthermore, long-term value creation only occurs if an organization can consistently develop new and valuable products for their customers and society. KLU’s MBA teaches students how to develop new products using processes and procedures that are driven by “voice of the customer” marketing and sales activities.
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 the technical areas of operations management, but in the areas of socio-economic sustainability and human resource leadership. KLU’s MBA teaches students effective and efficient operations techniques concerning green and lean operations and how to engage the hearts and minds of employees by leading through listening, so that their organizations create long-term, sustainable value.
The program is composed of nine modules, including the capstone project.
The sessions of module 6 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 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.
Global Organization Design
Sustainable Product Development
Low Risk, Low Footprint, High Impact Supply Chain Design
Implementing Lean and Green Logistics Operations
Government, Business and Society - Value and Sustainability at Risk
Globalization and Business Management
Competitive Strategy in a World of Constraints
Managing Operations in a World of Constraints
Critical Thinking - Thinking Clearly about the World
Decision Analysis - Fact Based Decision Making
Conducting Real World Research
Designing Low Footprint Distribution Networks
Foundations of Economic Thinking
Financial Management for Sustainable Value
Accounting and Budgeting Across Borders
Voice of the Customer Driven Marketing and Sales
Cooperative Procurement and Supplier Management
Design and Analysis of Business Processes
Engaged Operational Leadership
Leading Organizational Change - Creating the Learning Organization
Managing Multiple, Complex Expectations Effectively
Dealing with Difficult Human Relations Issues
Leadership and You
Leading Complex Projects
Leadership Across Cultures
Ethical Organizational Leadership
Hiring and Motivating Culturally Diverse Talents
The KLU MBA program not only focuses on intellectual development. Personal development also plays an important role. This program greatly succeeds in both.
Tamme Bohlen, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2021
The MBA program has had a lasting impact on my (professional) life. Approaching new topics with a necessary degree of curiosity, openness and determination was a very important experience and encourages you to meet new challenges with an open mind, both in professional and private life. This international study program was an absolute benefit for me personally. It has contributed a lot to my thinking and acting and I was able to get to know great fellow students. I am very grateful to have been able to study at such a great university, with a professional administration and such great professors.
Katrin Pompe, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2021
The MBA program is a very good opportunity for those who want to leave their comfort zone and develop themselves further. The program provides an optimal foundation for this in terms of content, fellow students, professors and fun! I highly recommend the program.
Felix Niemann, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2021
Choosing KLU was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. The MBA made my experience and knowledge grow so much. Even today I am connected with my classmates and I am using the gained knowledge in my constantly growing career path.
Devanshi Dutta, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2021
Joining the MBA program at KLU was definitely the right decision for me and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in taking up an MBA. Why is that? Three reasons stood out for me: relevant and real-life topics that are taught by top academics or industry experts, fruitful and engaging discussions with co-students from across the globe and a setup of monthly study sessions in Hamburg that made it possible to attend while working full-time.
Gunnar Graefer, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2021
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, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017
This MBA is an attractive opportunity for anyone who seeks to reflect on previous work experience and to get ready for new challenges. Relevant and practical contents combined with a modern and open-minded university culture make this program a truly worthwhile experience.
Mathias Dreier, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020
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 Addington-Barker, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017
Thanks to the MBA program at KLU I’ve started to change my life – professionally in my career and also in my private life. The Intensive exchange during this international program has changed me, teaching me new hard skills but also critical thinking and an open-minded approach to everything.
Mariusz Rutowicz, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2019
The MBA at the KLU was an excellent opportunity to learn how to exploit my strengths and develop my soft skills. The professors transmit passion, professionalism and experience to the students through the study of real case studies, accompanied with an excellent atmosphere at the campus.
Marcelo Tun, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2018
For the business world and private life, the program provides its participants the needed knowledge and skills to build their own strategies, to form their own views and tackle difficult decisions and complicated situations. The experience is worth it.
Diaa Mansour, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2018
Many thanks for 18 inspiring months in which I was able to grow in so many ways. Great classmates, great professors, great & challenging sessions – all in all a decision I will never regret.
Miriam Hartje, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020
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, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017
The program covers a wide range of topics that will foster the soft skills you need to become a great leader and professional. Completing such a program also challenges you on different levels; coping with work, travel, school and life balance. The international environment and small classes make it possible to have enriching discussions.
Marisol Henschen, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2018
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, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017
I have excellent memories of the great times during my MBA at KLU. Everybody involved, the KLU staff, my fellow students and all the people we met on our 1.5-year journey made it an unforgettable experience.
Alexander Klute, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020
The Admission Requirements to study for the Master of Business Administration in Leadership & Supply Chain Management are:
In case of admission, please note that you will need an official score report (hardcopy) for the enrolment. Therefore, please name KLU if possible when registering for a test (TOEFL institutional code is 7373).
* Bachelor’s degree with 240 ECTS is the pre-requisite. Admission on the basis of 180 ECTS is possible. If this is the case, please get in touch with us to discuss further possibilities.
All fields of study may qualify for admission. If the applicant does not hold a first academic degree, admission may be made subject to the condition that the applicant takes an entrance examination (a passing grade on the GMAT).
Please download the following documents that are necessary for your application process as soon as you apply via our online application platform:
Confirmation of work experience
Reference Form A*
Reference Form B*
Reference Form C*
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.
*Two Reference Forms have to be filled out by an individual who has direct knowledge of your work experience (e.g. your supervisor, (senior) colleague). The third Reference Form has to be filled out by an individual who has direct knowledge of your personal motivation (e.g. a close friend, a former fellow student, a professor from university).
KLU offers a variety of scholarships for MBA 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.
Application deadline for scholarships: July 31.
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).
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Most KLU Leadership & SCM graduates are professionals that already have several years of experience and bring their career to the next level.
Our Alumni work across a wide range of functions related to logistics and supply chain management, consulting, business development and sales, automotive, computer software, maritime & shipping industry as well as in logistics & transportation.
Your degree from the KLU will certainly be career boosting. Alumni from our programs work for Otto Group, Hapag-Lloyd AG, Hamburg Süd, Accenture GmbH, Airbus S.A.S., BASF, Beiersdorf AG, DB Schenker - Rail, EADS Group, IBM Group, Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG, Johnson & Johnson Medical, Lufthansa Group, Siemens, Vattenfall Wind Power or Anheuser-Bush.
We look forward to meeting you soon at Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg!
Program Manager (MBA Program)
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