Rod Franklin is Adjunct Professor of Logistics and Academic Director of Executive Education at Kühne Logistics University. Professor Franklin, an engineer and operations manager by training and experience, received his Doctorate in Management from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Professor Franklin has held management positions at Kühne + Nagel, USCO Logistics, ENTEX Information Services, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Cameron Iron Works. In addition, he has been a consultant for Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Theodore Barry & Associates and Arthur Young & Co. Professor Franklin was also a development engineer for the Saginaw Steering Gear Division of General Motors Corporation.
Franklin’s research focuses on the application of modern management techniques to the efficient and effective operation of supply chains, sustainable business models, green logistics, corporate social responsibility and cloud based supply chain management.
In his role as Academic Director of Kühne Logistics University’s Executive Education program, Franklin’s focus is on ensuring that executives educated at the University receive both the rigor and relevance in their academic training that they expect from a world class research institute like Kühne Logistics University.
Feldman, Zohar, Fabiana Fournier, J. Rod Franklin and Andreas Metzger (2013): Proactive Event Processing in Action: A Case Study on the Proactive Management of Transport Processes, in: Chakravarthy, Sharma, Susan D. Urban, Peter Pietzuch and Elke Rundensteiner (ed.): Proceedings of the Seventh ACM International Conference on Distributed Event-Based Systems, ACM, 97-106.
Abstract: Proactive event processing constitutes the next phase in the evolution of complex event processing. Proactive event processing makes it possible to anticipate potential issues during process execution and thereby enables proactive process management. One industry domain that can expect relevant benefits from applying proactive event processing is transportation. Transportation companies face numerous stochastic issues when managing the shipment of goods. One such issue faced in airfreight is the exact volume, weight, and number of pieces that a shipper wants to have shipped. Because of the high cost of air shipments, discrepancies between what has been booked by a shipper and the actual volume that is delivered impose costs that create problems for all participants in a shipment. One potential approach to addressing this problem is to use real-time monitoring and proactive alerting to assist air freight companies in anticipating actual delivered weights, volumes, and piece counts. In this paper we address the issue of cargo shipments by leveraging real-time monitoring data collected from an industry-standard monitoring system of a large freight forwarding company. Our evidence indicates that by using a novel proactive event-driven software engine, prediction about the weight of shipments can be developed and used in a proactive manner to assist air freight planners in making better estimates and plans for the shipment of goods. We demonstrate that through the use of this proactive approach, predictions concerning over and under-weight loads can be made days in advance of a shipment, thus enabling the air freight planner to optimize their load plans and thus maximize the revenue that they generate from shipments.
Metzger, Andreas, J. Rod Franklin and Yagil Engel (2012): Predictive Monitoring of Heterogeneous Service-Oriented Business Networks: The Transport and Logistics Case, in: and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (ed.): 2012 Annual SRII Global Conference SRII 2012: Driving Innovation for IT Enabled Services, IEEE, 313-322.
Teaching at KLU
Advanced Modeling in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (MSc GL & SCM)
Applied Research Methods (MSc MGT)
Competitive Strategy in a World of Constraints (MBA)
Design Thinking - Engaging the Customer in Design (MBA)
Ethical Organizational Leadership (MBA)
Management Science (BScBBA)
Sustainable Product Development (MBA)
Systems Thinking - Using the "Big Picture" to Rethink the Business (MBA)
Adjunct Professor of Logistics and Academic Director of Executive Education at Kühne Logistics University, GER
|2014 - 2016||Dean of Programs at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg|
Vice President, Product Development at Kühne + Nagel Management AG, CH
Vice President, Solutions Engineering at Kühne + Nagel Inc., USA
Vice President, Product Development at USCO Logistics, USA
Vice President, Professional Services at Viacore, USA
Vice President, Product Development at ENTEX Information Services, USA
Director, Professional Services at ENTEX Information Services, USA
Systems Integration and Management Consulting Manager at Digital Equipment Corporation, USA
Consulting Manager at Arthur Young & Co., USA
Managing Associate at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, USA
Managing Associate at Theodore Barry & Associates, USA
Manufacturing Manager at Cameron Iron Works, USA
Development Engineer at Saginaw Steering Gear Division of General Motors Corporation, USA
Board of Directors for Del Mar Community Connections, Del Mar, California, USA
Computer & Telecommunications Advisory Committee for the City of Del Mar, California, USA
Sandpiper Editorial Board of Directors, Del Mar, California, USA
Mayor for the City of Del Mar, California, USA
City Council Member for the City of Del Mar, California, USA
City Finance Committee for the City of Del Mar, California, USA
Doctorate of Management at the Case Western Reserve University, USA
Master of Business Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Business, USA
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Leland Stanford Junior University, USA
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Purdue University, USA