Jakob Heinen

PhD Candidate

Jakob Heinen is a PhD Candidate in Supply Chain Management at Kühne Logistics University since January 2015. He joined KLU in 2012 to pursue the M.Sc. Program in Global Logistics graduating as the Best Graduate of his class in 2014. In addition to his Master studies in Hamburg he spent a trimester abroad at the Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business in Windhoek, Namibia, participating in courses of the Master of Leadership and Change Management program. Prior to KLU he completed a Bachelor in Aviation Management at the IUBH School of Business and Management in Bad Honnef.

Besides his studies, Jakob gained practical experience within different fields of supply chain management during internships at Lufthansa Cargo in the USA as well as the United Nations Office for Project Services in Denmark.

His research at KLU is closely linked to his master thesis on "Supply Chain Operating Models for 3D Printing". Jakob seeks to address the strategic, tactical and operational challenges manufacturing companies face when introducing innovative production technologies such as 3D Printing. 


Tel: +49 40 328707-302
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Professional Experience


Business Analyst at United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Copenhagen, Denmark


Internship at United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Copenhagen, Denmark


Internship at Lufthansa Cargo AG, Atlanta, USA

2007Internship at Triple Alpha Jet Charter GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany


Since 2015

PhD candidate in the field of Supply Chain Management at Kühne Logistics University


Master of Science in Global Logistics - Specialization in Supply Chain Systems at Kühne Logistics University

2013Exchange semester at Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business, Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
2012Bachelor of Arts in Aviation Management  at University of Applied Sciences, Bad Honnef, Germany


Abstract: Companies struggle to define the value proposition 3D printing brings: While the opportunities for improving products are obvious, how to generate value from it is not. Firms need to first examine its potential and risks along three dimensions: product innovation, customisation, and complexity. Then they need to set clear boundaries for permissible customisation, and decide where to situate 3D printing within their organisation.

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