International Summer School

Executive seminar

International Summer School

Executive seminar


International Summer School in Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Date: 2022

Language of instruction: English

Target Group: 

  • Group/team leaders
  • Department heads
  • Divisional heads

Program Duration: 12 days

Method: Interactive lectures, case study work, group work, role plays, excursions

Academic Directors: Prof. Dr. Rod Franklin, Prof. Dr. Michael Knemeyer

Certificate: KLU Executive Education Program Certificate


Successful supply chain management requires cross culture and cross-functional integration of personnel and key business processes within the firm and across the network of firms that comprise the supply chain. The challenge is to determine how to successfully accomplish this integration. Participants will be introduced to the difficulties and potential remedies in dealing with individuals from different cultures and organizations. Using organizational behavior tools and techniques and employing the Global Supply Chain Forum’s framework for supply chain management, you will learn how to overcome cultural and functional barriers that impact effective and efficient supply chain performance.

Having outsourced most production functions, modern businesses now act more as design, marketing and distribution organizations than actual integrated production entities. This means that their supply chains have become the critical component in their ability to service customer demand. Unfortunately, most businesses have not recognized this importance and, therefore, supply chain performance has suffered. In this module, participants will be introduced to the various drivers of supply chain design. Using these drivers as inputs, the individuals will learn how to properly design supply chains so that they can meet market requirements in an effective and efficient manner.

Most supply chains have been developed in reaction to changing market requirements without paying too much attention to detailed design processes. This fact has led to an ad hoc approach to supply chain operations management in which “best efforts” are used to manage the supply chain operations. In this module, participants will be introduced to industry best practices for the management of supply chain operations with the intention of moving beyond “best efforts” in the management of warehouses and transport to a management philosophy of “best in class” for these operations.

Supply chain operators have inherited the unfortunate persona of being conservative operations personnel who do not innovate, but simply operate. While supply chain innovations do occasionally occur, this perception of supply chain managers is somewhat true. Unfortunately, in today’s rapidly changing world, where political instability, environmental risks, technological advances, and customer requirements are placing increasingly severe demands on the supply chain, supply chain managers must become the drivers of service innovation. In this module participants will be introduced to the concepts inherent in service innovation and the design thinking approach so that they can begin to view their operations in a different light, one that focuses on innovation opportunities and their contribution to operational effectiveness.

The traditional approach to supplier negotiations has been “I win, you lose.” This approach ends up being self-defeating in that it treats suppliers as simple commodity providers without taking notice of the potential of suppliers to be innovators and potential enhancers of total supply chain value. In this module, participants will be introduced to techniques that lead to both parties in a negotiation benefiting from the negotiation process. This “win/win” approach to negotiating, if applied with an eye towards the development of collaborative supplier relationships, can lead to the improvement of supply chain value add and an actual increase in the size of the supply chain profit pie.

Globalization of supply chain operations and the outsourcing of most production functions to third parties has resulted in the increase of risk to a firm’s operations should a problem arise in its extended supply chain. Supplier operational disruptions (e.g., due to earthquakes, weather, etc.), transport operation disruptions (e.g., weather, labor, etc.), political instabilities, etc. all can impact an organization’s ability to meet its customer commitments. In this module participants will be introduced to tools and techniques that they can employ to identify risks in their supply chains and approaches that they can use to mitigate these risks.  

The rapid advance of technology has opened up numerous avenues for moving supply chain management into an Industry 4.0 world. The Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, robotics, additive manufacturing, blockchain and numerous other emerging technological advances promise to revolutionize how supply chain operate and are managed. However, as with all things new and exciting, there is considerable hype in where these new technologies will add value to supply chain operations. In this module, we will try to dispel the hype and provide the participants with an overview of where these emerging technologies may add value to their supply chains. Participants will learn about how these technologies can be employed, what is “real” today with respect to the technologies, and how these technologies may influence the future of supply chain management. In addition, participants will be introduced to how “big data” and data analytics can aid their organizations in strategic, operational, customer service, and new business opportunities.  


The digital revolution is dramatically changing the face of logistics and supply chain management. Supply chain managers must develop an understanding of these changes and how they will impact their operations in order to ensure that their organizations benefit from the digital revolution.

The International Summer School "Supply Chain and Logistics Management" training program is offered annually. In compact form, held within twelve days, it introduces participants to the most important subject areas in the fields of logistics and management. It comprises workshops and lectures with outstanding international lecturers, excursions in the logistics metropolis Hamburg and an attractive supporting program. A balanced mix of theory and practice and highly motivated participants from all corporate sectors make the seminar an exciting experience. The curriculum has been updated to help supply chain managers better understand the digital revolution and how they can take advantage of this revolution to better serve their organizations.

Furthermore, the International Summer School consists of seven modules. The length of the modules varies according to the relevance and complexity of the topic. The sequence of the modules is based on an effective correlation of contents to deliver a highly interdisciplinary program. That is, important topic areas for managers are first described in modules covering general management in business contexts. Subsequently, these topic areas are applied to concrete business issues. With carefully selected case studies, which also involve international companies, problem solving methods are presented and discussed.

Learning Outcomes and Benefits for your Company

Participants develop a comprehensive understanding of logistics and supply chain processes and are subsequently prepared for new assignments related to logistics or the consolidation of logistics know-how. Further, managerial skills are developed and enhanced.

The seminar is designed as an open enrollment program. Comparable programs can also be developed as corporate training programs and tailored to fit the specific needs and requirements of the company.

Dates and fees

  • Date: 2022
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Application deadline: coming soon
  • Seminar fees: 6.000€ (including teaching materials, beverages, lunch and supporting program) 
  • 10 % “Early Bird” discount deadline: coming soon

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Holly Hillen

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