About KLU

Kühne Logistics University

Kühne Logistics University - Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Logistik und Unternehmensführung (KLU) is a private, state-accredited university located on Hamburg’s harbor. Sponsored by the nonprofit Kühne Stiftung (Kühne Foundation), KLU offers a broad spectrum of courses and research in logistics and supply chain and business management.

Our BSc, MSc, and PhD degree programs feature an international student body, an outstanding faculty, an intimate learning environment, and extensive corporate ties. Our part-time MBA program, open enrollment and customized executive education programs provide excellent opportunities for professionals to expand their expertise.

KLU is unique for its international faculty known for research excellence in logistics, transportation, supply chain management, and related aspects of business.

The private university in Hamburg is one of the top universities in the 2014 Handelsblatt research ranking of business administration faculties and achieved top ratings in the 2017 CHE university rankings.


  • KLU is the main source of interdisciplinary insight for global logistics research and practice.
  • KLU graduates bring logistics expertise to leadership positions in the logistics industry as well as operational logistics functions and related industries and functions.
  • KLU is the first choice for executives seeking to expand their expertise in logistics and for logistics managers on faculties in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

KLU: Leading With Logistics.

Key Competence Areas

KLU will expand its unique expertise in the following key competence areas to the benefit of the fields of Transportation, Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management:

The ongoing progress in information and communication technologies has changed and will continue to change the way in which individuals, societies, organizations and businesses communicate, collaborate, operate, and make decisions. Rarely has any technological development ever had a comparable impact. Successful management becomes increasingly dependent on the capability of exploiting the potentials of this digital transformation.

Big data and remote monitoring enables companies to analyze internal processes and external markets in order to obtain a thorough understanding of the business environment and their own activities. Processes can be automated and managed in a decentralized way, where smart objects communicate with their environment and independently and collaboratively make decisions. Products and sales channels can be digitalized, providing faster services and extended choices for the customers. Automated production facilities can fundamentally change the flow of goods in supply chains, replacing transportation of parts and components by raw material flows required for 3D-printing. Decisions, which traditionally had to be made by a human decision maker, can be supported and, in many cases even replaced, by algorithmic approaches exploring the vast amount of data and evaluating myriads of alternative options.

With its study programs and research, the KLU's mission in the field of digital transformation is to prepare future business leaders who understand and master the digital revolution. Our students are capable of managing information as a key factor in and across organizations and of using information systems for effective and efficient decision making.

Through top-quality research and teaching in the fields of logistics and management, we expand the boundaries of knowledge and generate insights that not only advance theory but also help companies taking the lead in the digital revolution for competitive advantage.

Increased competition in mature markets and growing pressure through new entrants from emerging economies has led to an ever stronger relevance of shareholder value. To address this issue, a first wave of managerial concepts focused on bottom-line measures, i.e. programs aiming at higher efficiency, reducing failure rates, or cutting costs.

However, currently a new approach to foster shareholder value gains traction - the focus on value creation. The key idea is to leverage hidden potentials and stimulate creative solutions to develop new sources of value for a firm and, thus, shifting the focus from the bottom line to the top line. Sources for such hidden potentials can be found within all elements of the corporate framework: Employees, who can be qualified to better serve stakeholder requirements; customers, who can be motivated to spread word-of-mouth and to act as co-innovators; managers, who learn to create sustained team motivation beyond mere financial incentives. Customer-centric processes in logistics and SCM increase the value of provided services, while the better utilization of intangibles such as brands enables higher margins.

With its study programs and research, the KLU's mission in the field of value creation is to prepare future business leaders to evolve beyond a defensive mindset of maintaining market shares and saving costs. Through new methods, our students are encouraged to develop their creative thinking and learn how to devise innovative products and processes that break new ground and provide future growth potentials. They are capable to take their global teams along when venturing into new markets or segments.

Through top-quality research and teaching in the fields of logistics and management, we not only establish new approaches to value creation, but also develop new methods to measure and manage such values and, thus, provide crucial help for companies in need to answer the calls for value creation from internal decision-makers as well as outside investors.

Sustainability has emerged as a central issue in today's business world. Environmental issues such as global warming, increasing waste and pollution, depleting natural resources combined with societal issues such as health, safety, equality, fairness and development put an unprecedented pressure on companies to realign their businesses while remaining profitable and competitive.

Governments around the globe take measures to shift from the traditional linear economic model based on a 'take-make-consume-throw away' pattern, to a more circular and sustainable economic model based on sharing, leasing, reuse, repair, refurbishment, and recycling, in a closed loop, where products and materials they contain are highly valued. Similarly, global warming is changing the way governments and businesses need to think about carbon emissions regarding transportation, logistics and supply chain operations. Fostering a "green image" opens new markets for many businesses while optimizing reverse logistics yields significant cost reductions. On the societal level, increased awareness about socially responsible development pushes companies and governments to design operations and supply chains by taking into consideration more direct social impacts, such as on employment, on development of local communities as well as through humanitarian and disaster relief operations. As such, a solid understanding of the sustainability discourse along the tripe bottom line (financial, social, ecological) is a fundamental prerequisite for dealing with the modern issues surrounding businesses and the stakeholders' call for a better sustainability measurement and reporting.

With its study programs and research, the KLU's mission in the field of sustainability is to prepare future business leaders who understand the impact of business on environment and society, and propel sustainable change. Our students comprehend sustainability by its three integral components of profit, environment, and society, and with an emphasis on supply chain management and logistics.

Through top-quality research and teaching in the fields of logistics and management, we expand the boundaries of knowledge and generate insights that not only advance theory but also help companies understand and adopt value-creating sustainable practices.


Kühne Stiftung

Klaus-Michael Kühne is the sole benefactor of the Kühne Stiftung (Kühne Foundation), set up by the Kühne family in 1976. The foundation’s objective is to support training and continuing education, and to foster science and research in the fields of logistics, supply chain management, and transportation. In addition to supporting the Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg, the Kühne Stiftung finances a professorship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), the Center for International Logistics Networks at TU Berlin, a logistics institute at Tongji University in Shanghai, and the Kühne Center for Logistics Management at WHU’s Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar near Coblenz on the Rhine. The foundation also supports research in medical science and sponsors humanitarian, charitable, and cultural projects. 

Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker

Chairman of the Advisory Council, Roland Berger GmbH

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Michael Behrendt

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Hapag-Lloyd AG

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Milagros Caiña-Andree

Member of the Board of Management, BMW AG, responsible for Human Resources and Labour Relations

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Hans-Georg Frey

Chairman of the Board of Management, Jungheinrich AG

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Dr. Fabian Heilemann

Partner at Earlybird Venture Capital, Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board Freighthub GmbH

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Dr. Rainer Hillebrand

Vice Chairman of the Executive Board, Otto Group

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Zhengrong Liu

Member of the Executive Board, Beiersdorf AG

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Straube

Institute of Technology and Management, Chair of Logistics Faculty, Vice Dean, Technische Universität Berlin

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Prof. Dr. Stephan Wagner

Direktor Executive MBA ETH SCM Department Management, Technology and Economics, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

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Kühne Logistics University is situated in Hamburg’s HafenCity waterfront urban development area. The location is one of Europe’s largest seaports and is ideal for the campus. KLU is strongly oriented towards economic science and interdisciplinary studies. Together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Maritime Logistics and the technology-oriented logistics center at Hamburg University of Technology, KLU is part of an important cluster of logistics research institutes in northern Europe.

The Dean's List honors those KLU students in our academic programs who consistently perform at the very top of their class. For each program, only the best 10% of students based on the GPA are recognized with this honor.

The Dean's List is published twice during the course of each study program:

  • at mid-term (after 1 year for MSc programs, after 1.5 years for BSc programs) and
  • at the graduation.


The current Dean's List:


MSc in Global Logistics and  Supply Chain Management Class of 2019:

  • Elsa Cropp
  • Max Körber
  • Christian Carreri
  • Tim Schlaich
  • Jan Baus

MSc in Management Class of 2019:

  • Karla Kaufmann
  • André Eikenkötter
  • Iqra Qamar

BSC in Management Class of 2017 (end-term):

  • Sonja Brauner
  • Christian Carreri
  • David Ekere

BSc Management Class of 2018 (mid-term):

  • Helen Ewald
  • Till Micke
  • Julian Schusta

MSc in Global Logistics and  Supply Chain Management Class of 2018 (mid-term):

  • Sandria Weißhuhn
  • Rhys Hange
  • Nina Wagner
  • Hanna Feller
  • Marie Klose

MSc in Management Class of 2018 (mid-term):

  • Felix Sklenarz
  • Oliver Ettrich

BSc Management Class of 2019 (mid-term):

  • Mulan Bartz
  • Maik Wiedmann
  • Julia Bahn

Dean's List - Master
Dean's List - Bachelor
Dean's List - Spring 2016
Dean's List - Fall 2015
Dean's List - Spring 2015
Dean's List - Fall 2014

KLU is supported by the Kühne-Stiftung, which is also the sole shareholder of the holding company of KLU, Kühne Logistics University GmbH.

The President and the Managing Directors oversee operational management of KLU and serve as managing directors of the contracting body. The President supervises the academic staff of KLU, and together with the deans, is responsible for the research and teaching concept. The Head of Administration oversees operating and administrative matters of the university. The commercial operations of the holding company are supervised by a Supervisory Board, which is appointed by the Kühne-Stiftung (Foundation). The Supervisory Board appoints the managing directors.


KLU university bodies have powers of decision in matters delegated to them by KLU’s constitution or agreements with the body governing the university. University bodies include:

Executive Board

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Strothotte
    President & Managing Director
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Becker
    Dean of Research / Associate Professor of Marketing Service Management
  • Prof. Christian Barrot, PhD
    Dean of Programs / Associate Professor of Marketing and Innovation
  • Fabian Berger
    Head of Administration & Managing Director
    Managing Director KLU Executive Education

Academic Senate

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Strothotte 
    President & Managing Director
  • Fabian Berger
    Head of Administration & Managing Director
    Managing Director KLU Executive Education
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Becker
    Dean of Research / Associate Professor of Marketing Service Management
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Barrot
    Dean of Programs / Associate Professor of Marketing and Innovation
  • Prof. Michele Acciaro, PhD
    Head of Logistcs Department / Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics
  • Prof. Maria Besiou, PhD
    Professor of Humanitarian Logistics
  • Prof. Dr. Asvin Goel
    Associate Professor of Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Prof. Dr. Kai Hoberg
    Associate Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Strategy
  • Prof. Joern Meissner, PhD
    Professor of Supply Chain Management and Pricing Strategy
  • Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke
    Head of Management Department / Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Florian Badorf
    PhD Candidate

University Management

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Strothotte
    President & Managing Director
  • Fabian Berger
    Head of Administration & Managing Director
    Managing Director KLU Executive Education

Supervisory Board

  • Karl Gernandt
    Kühne Holding AG, Executive Chairman (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
  • Prof. Dr. h.c. Klaus-Michael Kühne
    Kühne + Nagel International AG, Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors 
  • Dr. Thomas Staehelin
    Kühne-Stiftung, Vice-Chairman of the Board
  • Prof. Dr. Marc Gottschald
    Kühne-Stiftung, Executive Director

The KLU Code of Conduct:

  • promotes a shared sense of community,
  • codifies a standard of conduct that we all agree to live by, based on a sense of shared value,
  • communicates our values and mission to the outside world.

Standards of good practice

1. Respect

  • We shall treat each other with respect, fairness, and tolerance.
  • We shall value people irrespective of characteristics or attributes such as gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, age, social status, race and disability.
  • We see diversity as a source of enrichment for our community.
  • We shall champion the active integration of all, especially foreign, KLU members into our community.

2. Cooperation

  • We shall communicate openly and honestly, while dealing with information conscientiously and responsibly.
  • We shall be helpful and support one another.
  • We shall ensure that criticism is constructive, and provide encouragement.
  • We shall help and promote each other in our professional and personal development.


The objectives of the EDO is to increase awareness on equality and diversity matters at the KLU by fostering the dialogue on these issues among staff, faculty and students. The EDO provides informal advice to the university administration and student services on issues related to equality and diversity and if requested will participate as an observer in any meeting, committee or activity as deemed appropriate by the relevant decision body, e.g. the President, Executive Board, Student Bodies, etc.

The EDO meets on the premises of the university every three weeks and has activated an email to deal with (anonymous) complaints and suggestions. Please contact us if you are interested in the EDO activities. Although the EDO operates collaboratively with a Committee, its representative is at the moment Michele Acciaro. Members of the Committee are:

  • Michele Acciaro
    Deputy, Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics & Head of Logistics Department
  • Maria Besiou
    Vice Deputy, Professor of Humanitarian Logistics
  • Holly Fulkerson
    Program Coordinator Executive Education
  • Jana Gruber
    Student Services Manager
  • Vasileios Kosmas
    PhD Candidate
  • Ina Litterst
    President's Office

You can contact the members of the Committee individually or write to EDO edo(at)the-klu.org. You can request that your case is dealt with confidentiality.

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