Prof. J. Rod Franklin, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Logistics

Academic Director of Executive Education

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.

Contact

Tel: +49 40 328707-231
Fax: +49 40 328707-209
rod.franklin@the-klu.org

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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.

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Curriculum Vitae

2011

Adjunct Professor of Logistics and Academic Director of Executive Education at Kühne Logistics University, GER

2014 - 2016Dean of Programs at Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg
2005

Vice President, Product Development at Kühne + Nagel Management AG, CH

2002

Vice President, Solutions Engineering at Kühne + Nagel Inc., USA

2000

Vice President, Product Development at USCO Logistics, USA

1999

Vice President, Professional Services at Viacore, USA

1997

Vice President, Product Development at ENTEX Information Services, USA

1992

Director, Professional Services at ENTEX Information Services, USA

1987

Systems Integration and Management Consulting Manager at Digital Equipment Corporation, USA

1985

Consulting Manager at Arthur Young & Co., USA

1984

Managing Associate at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, USA

1982

Managing Associate at Theodore Barry & Associates, USA

1979

Manufacturing Manager at Cameron Iron Works, USA

1975

Development Engineer at Saginaw Steering Gear Division of General Motors Corporation, USA

Public Service

2000

Board of Directors for Del Mar Community Connections, Del Mar, California, USA

1997

Computer & Telecommunications Advisory Committee for the City of Del Mar, California, USA

1996

Sandpiper Editorial Board of Directors, Del Mar, California, USA

1992

Mayor for the City of Del Mar, California, USA

1990

City Council Member for the City of Del Mar, California, USA

1988

City Finance Committee for the City of Del Mar, California, USA

Education

2000

Doctorate of Management at the Case Western Reserve University, USA

1979

Master of Business Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Business, USA

1975

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Leland Stanford Junior University, USA

1974

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Purdue University, USA