Prof. Dr. Maria Besiou - Teaching at KLU | KLU

Professor Maria Besiou, Associate Professor of Humanitarian Logistics

Teaching at KLU

Humanitarian Logistics (MSc)

In this course the students will be exposed to the important area of humanitarian logistics. Humanitarian organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) typically operate in really hard environments with limited resources. Their supply chains are ready to be deployed within 72 hours from the time of the disaster and they are also used to operate longer-term developing programs. The private sector can benefit a lot from the experience of these organizations. After completing this course successfully, students will break open their thinking from the standard business environment to the environment of humanitarian supply chains, where there are more stakeholders, incentives misalignment, limited resources, complexity and risk. Case studies will be analysed to deepen the students learning on logistics, strategy and decision making in humanitarian organizations.

Managing Supply Chain Complexity (MSc)

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the increasing complexity in more and more global supply chains and to help them decide under such conditions. This course will help them identify drivers of complexity in logistics networks, analyze how these drivers affect decision making processes and use tools to deal with complexity. The students will be introduced to the System Dynamics methodology as a tool for decision-making. System Dynamics is a powerful methodology for obtaining insights into problems of dynamic complexity and policy resistance.

Sustainable Supply Chains (BSc)

This course will expose students to the important but less advanced topics of sustainable supply chains. After completing this course successfully, students will understand the risks that can arise in business logistics when a company tries to present itself as sustainable. This course provides students with a comprehensive range of management tools, techniques, and processes for managing risk within a supply chain. Environmental topics such as waste management, CO2 emissions and closed-loop supply chains will also be raised. Finally the students will also be introduced to the humanitarian supply chains and to concepts like the bottom of the pyramid.

Government, Business and Society – Value and Sustainability at Risk (EMBA)

Governmental regulations, oversight and political form have significant impacts on the conduct of international business operations. Business in their effort to increase their value undertake Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives that can backfire on a firm’s reputation – in a general sense, by exposing firms to charges of hypocrisy. In addition, governmental institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and society intensify the business risk imposing other restrictions but may also present opportunities on firms. This course will provide EMBA students with an overview of the various types of interactions that an international firm must deal with, how these interactions affect the operation of the firm and what an organization can do to effectively navigate the risks that it faces.

Real World Research (EMBA)

Fact based decision making requires good analytical skills. This course will prepare the students for conducting research for their capstone thesis project as well as for analyzing business problems once they have graduated.