Research Projects

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Research Projects

Find the projects you are interested in by using the filter (or search field) to select them by subject or person (or status).

HANSEBLOC: Hanseatische Blockchain-Innovationen für Logistik und Supply Chain Management


Dr. Moritz Petersen (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

Traditionally, transport and logistics companies have exchanged documents, waybills and customs documents in paper form or, more recently, through various digital means such as email. However, the lack of an integrated software solution, due to the large number of companies involved, causes errors and does not protect records against tampering. The HANSEBLOC project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF) aims to develop prototypes of such an integrated system using blockchain technology.

Creating Value, Digital Transformation

Smart Urban Retail Services – Integrated Service System for Crosschannel-Trade in the Cities of the Future (SURTRADE)


Prof. Dr. André Ludwig (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

The project is designed to help the retail sector meet the needs of urban customers and their environments. In the future, actual product-offering will no longer solely be the physical product, but the combination of the product and a number of related services, including logistics services.

Digital Transformation, Logistics, Retailing

Accelerating the Path Towards Physical Internet - SENSE


Prof. Rod Franklin, PhD (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

The SENSE project objective is to accelerate the path towards the Physical Internet (PI), so that advanced pilot implementations of the PI concept are well functioning and extended in industry practice by 2030, and hence contribute to at least 30 % reduction in congestion, emissions and energy consumption. The project is funded by the European Community.

Sustainability, Digital Transformation, Transport Logistics, Environment

Feasibility study and support for missing data for maritime sector technical specifications


Prof. Dr. Michele Acciaro (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Dr. Vasileios Kosmas (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

The usage of alternative fuels in the transportation sectors, although able to reduce emissions produced by their operations, requires further exploration. The Joint Research Center (JRC) is developing a state-of-the-art tool which will be applied for the market analysis of alternative fuels within the transportation sectors in order to contribute to policy development. KLU supports JRC in fulfilling the EU maritime fleet database used in this tool and to develop the conceptual framework related to the uptake of alternative fuels in the maritime sector.

Sustainability, Maritime Logistics

Assessment of the German funding program addressing Innovative Port Technologies (IHATEC)


Dr. Katharina Renken

Assessment of the German funding program to support innovative port technologies in German sea ports and inland ports (IHATEC) with the aim to increase and stabilize competitiveness. The KLU Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL) conducts the interviews with beneficiaries, and supports the mapping out of suggestions for improvement of the program.

Creating Value, Infrastructure, Maritime Logistics, Transport Logistics

SMart Event ForeCast for Seaports (SMECS)


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

In order to counteract disruptions in the transport process at seaports, the actors involved must be proactively informed about the disruption and the new estimated time of arrival. So far, however, there is a lack of comprehensive forecasting models, which can estimate the new times of arrival on the basis of planned and actual data. The SMECS research project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) will provide this estimation and support actors in their decisions. Initially, the project will focus on container transport on rail and will be extended to other modes of transport later.

Digital Transformation, Infrastructure, Transport Logistics

Social Comparisons and Organizational Leadership


Prof. Christian Tröster, PhD (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Benjamin Korman (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

The purpose of this German Research Foundation (DFG) funded research project is to advance our understanding of the cognitive bases of organizational leadership. Most leadership theories since the 60s have viewed the leader-follower relationship in isolation. We challenge this perspective by investigating the social embeddedness of this relation. In a nutshell, we argue (and find)  that followers form evaluations of their leaders based on comparisons with how their leader treats other coworkers. This simple but intriguing insight has the potential to change how leadership is theoretically conceived and may help gain new insights in how people should lead their subordinates.  

Leadership, Creating Value

Marketing of hedonic media products in the age of digital social media


Prof. Dr. Christian Barrot (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Jan Schalowski (Kühne Logistics University - KLU)

Social interactions among customers play a key role in the purchase and consumption process of hedonic media products (HMP) because the quality of HMP is difficult to assess. The emergence and dissemination of digitalsocial media (DSM) substantially change the nature of these interactions. The purpose of this research project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) is to focus on analyzing network structures in DSM. The objective is to model these structures and gain an understanding about how interactions emerge and develop. How and why do network activity affect individuals? What are market reactions to marketing activities in the age of DSM? And how does the DSM impact on firms in the HMP industry?

Marketing, Creating Value

Sequential Distribution of Hedonic Media Products


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Sönke Albers (Kühne Logistics University - KLU), Cord Otten (University of Hamburg)

Hedonic media products (HMP) are mostly published with sequential distribution strategies. For example, motion pictures are typically displayed in movie theatres first before subsequent releases on DVD/ Blue-Ray, video-on-demand and TV. In this research project we explore the interdependencies of company generated contend (“paid media”), user generated content (“earned media”) and sales success, specifically in subsequent distribution channels. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Marketing, Creating Value

Issues of Leadership in Humanitarian Aid Operations


Mojtaba Salem , Prof. Dr. Maria Besiou (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