Research Projects

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Issues of Leadership in Humanitarian Aid Operations


Mojtaba Salem (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Prof. Maria Besiou, PhD (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

Given the number of disasters such as famine, earthquakes and floods in our world, there is a need for well-executed humanitarian aid. Yet, aid organizations continue to face many problems during their operations. While the field of humanitarian aid has traditionally been looked at from an operational angle this research project, financed by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, seeks to advance behavioral insights in the respective dynamics of the execution by leaders to better understand the organizational dynamics such as teamwork and communication  in order to make humanitarian  aid more effective.

Humanitarian Logistics, Leadership, Creating Value

EURO HOpe mini-conferences on Humanitarian Operations


Prof. Maria Besiou, PhD (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

The EURO HOpe mini-conferences aims to further exchange among researchers within the field of humanitarian operations. The project is financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and takes place in Hamburg (2016) and Vienna (2017). Several future goals for the conference working group have been defined: improving coordination within the research area, creating a shared database to benchmark the work, achieving higher practical relevance and direct cooperation with practitioners to get to the most pressing problems and generate interesting research in theory and practice, build trust and long-term relationships with humanitarian organizations, more collaboration within the group to generate big research projects, achieve more interdisciplinary work, and create a special issue to publish the specific papers on Humanitarian Operations.

Humanitarian Logistics, Sustainability

Modeling Food Supply Systems to Identify Outbreak Origins


Prof. Dr. Hanno Friedrich (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Abigail Horn, Post-Doc (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT))

The aim of this research project, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), is to efficiently identify the source of large-scale outbreaks of foodborne disease while contamination-caused illnesses are still occurring, in order to resolve investigations earlier and avert potential illnesses. It proposes a holistic system for real-time source detection, which combines a dynamic commodity flow model with a spatio-temporal method for source localization on networks. 

Food Logistics, Sustainability, Transport Logistics

Development of an Assessment Toolkit to Determine Logistics Competences, Skills and Training


Prof. Dr. Kai Hoberg (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Prof. Dr. Kai Hoberg (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Prof. Alan C. McKinnon, PhD (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Dr. Moritz Petersen (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

A recent study for the World Bank showed a shortage of people with the right skills to meet the needs of the logistics industry. A series of recommendations to governments wishing to raise the level of logistics skills in their countries was made. This research project aims to develop a toolkit that governments can use to (1) assess the availability of logistics skills, certifications and training in their countries and (2) find out how to deal with logistics skill shortages.

Logistics, Tool Kit, Creating Value

Differentiated port infrastructure charges to promote environmentally friendly maritime transport activities and sustainable transportation


Prof. Michele Acciaro, PhD (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

The project aims to make recommendations and offer a toolbox for European ports to be more environment-friendly. The project study showed how rebates on port fees to promote greener shipping have become common in the sector. If incentive schemes like this are to make a difference, they should be combined with other instruments and all ports in the EU should offer them. Funded by the European Commission.

Maritime Logistics, Environment, Sustainability

A Global Overview on Logistics Competences, Skills and Training


Prof. Dr. Kai Hoberg (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Prof. Alan C. McKinnon, PhD (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Prof. Dr. Kai Hoberg (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Christoph Flöthmann (Roland Berger, Hamburg)

On behalf of the World Bank a study was conducted as part of this research project to provide a global overview on logistics competences, skills and training. Based on a global survey the research provides strong evidence for a global shortage of qualified logistics personnel on all occupational levels. The problem is most acute in emerging regions. To solve the skills shortage, the study provides numerous recommendations to the various stakeholder groups, i.e. governments, companies, logistics associations, and educational institutions , to get access to talent and to facilitate the “upskilling” of logistics labor through training and development. Those include facilitation of multi-stakeholder collaboration, updating of outdated university curricula, application of blended learning approaches, and creation of more appealing working environments for operative logistics staff.

Logistics, Creating Value

Preventing Shortfalls in Food Logistics


Prof. Dr. Hanno Friedrich (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

Reliable food supply is a basic human need. In order to meet this, an efficient risk management for the prevention of food supply shortfalls is required by public authorities and private enterprises. The objective of this research project (SEAK, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Research and Education) is to support this by developing decision-support systems to analyze different scenarios of food supply shortfalls in Germany. One of the main outcomes is a macroscopic dynamic commodity flow model that describes the supply of food on a regional level. This can be used to determine the vulnerability of regions in food supply.

Food Logistics, Sustainability