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Dear Sir or Madam,

Recently, Nobel Prize winner in economics Prof. Jean Tirole was our guest for a public lecture entitled, “Fighting the War Against Climate Change,” kindly made possible by Prof. Ralph Ossa, Director of the Kühne Center for Sustainable Trade and Logistics in Zurich. In Tirole's view, we urgently need carbon pricing, preferably globally. This would create incentives for climate-friendly decisions for both companies and consumers. Whether you agree or disagree, don’t miss our review.
The lecture is to be the first in an annual series called “Learning from the Very Best,” initiated by KLU President Thomas Strothotte.
Fighting against climate change demands a holistic approach, both in politics and in business. This is where my research is in line with Tirole’s. We need mechanisms motivating actors along the supply chain to make the best choice for the supply chain at large, e. g. for sustainability goals rather than for their own company. Using mathematical modeling, I focus on supply chain optimization, mostly for high-tech manufacturing. Is your company looking for research cooperation in this field? Get in touch with me.
Further sustainability topics include: a study on the decarbonization of freight transport, a sustainable logistics podcast (in German), and the relevance of continuing education in sustainable management.
Hope to see you soon on campus at our next public events – until then, an inspiring read!
Prof. Dr. Mirjam Meijer
Assistant Professor of Operations Management
Guest Editor
P.S. My colleague Kai Hoberg is researching collaboration along the supply chain in times of crisis. Consider contributing your data to this survey. We’ll be turning them into knowledge.
Company Interview: Retail Capital Partners || News: Nobel Prize Winner for Economics Jean Tirole | Cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd | KLU Partner: Dr. Friedrich Jungheinrich Foundation | Sustainable Logistics Podcast | Report: Carbon in Freight Transport | Management Study: “Kiss Up and Kick Down” | Award-winning Research: Humanitarian Logistics | Survey on Supply Chain Collaboration || Executive Education: Interview: SuMO – Sustainable Management & Operations | Alumna Cecile Terraz (MBA Leadership & SCM) | Logistics Summit | International Supply Chain Conference, Berlin || Events: Hapag-Lloyd Maritime Conference | War in Ukraine and Supply Chains || KLU in the Media: Selection
…with Dr. Philipp Wahl, Retail Capital Partners
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Times are challenging for retail: switch to omnichannel despite the supply chain crisis? Retail Capital Partners (RCP) helps retail companies reach their goals in times like these – supported by KLU PhD candidate Katja-Linda Thamm. The interview with Dr. Philipp Wahl, partner at RCP . . .
Carbon Needs a Price – Nobel Prize Winner for Economics Jean Tirole at KLU
Jean Tirole
How can we counter climate change effectively, sustainably, and in a socially acceptable way? During a public lecture, Nobel Prize winner for economics Prof. Jean Tirole shared answers from an economic perspective. His message: There are solutions; and we need to start implementing them. More than 300 visitors attended the event on campus. Read more . . .
New Report: Carbon in Freight Transport

A new report in collaboration with the KLU Center for Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chains (CSLS) shows progress in the decarbonization of freight transport. For the report, KLU, the NGO Smart Freight Centre, and the logistics platform Transporeon polled hundreds of shippers and carriers. Learn more & download the report . . .
Podcast (in German): Das Gleiche in Grün?!
Sustainability and logistics – do the two match? In the podcast Das Gleiche in Grün?!, KLU Professor of Sustainability Moritz Petersen, the Irgendwas mit Logistik initiative, and people who need to know – founders and managers – discuss just this. Featuring cargo bikes, fuel cell trucks, emission calculation, and more. Listen here . . .
Hapag-Lloyd and KLU Extend Cooperation
KLU and Hapag-Lloyd will continue collaborating. The CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG, Rolf Habben Jansen, approved the continued funding of the Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL), a research center at KLU, for 2023-2028. “At present, our industry is literally in motion – more than ever,” Habben Jansen said. “So research findings are even more important for us.” Read more . . .
Dr. Friedrich Jungheinrich Foundation

With Hamburg’s Dr. Friedrich Jungheinrich Stiftung, we are supporting young talent in science and research because they are tackling the greatest challenges of our time. The KLU Best Dissertation Award, financed by the foundation, goes to such talent. This year Dr. Lea Rüsch won for her work on fostering cooperation in humanitarian missions. Learn more . . .
Study: When Managers “Kiss Up and Kick Down”
Why is it that managers are cooperative and engage in flattery with their own bosses—and then act entirely different to their own employees? And when, and with whom, does this approach work? Researchers at KLU and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management sought answers to these questions, including tips for organizations.
Read more . . .
Award-winning Research on Humanitarian Logistics
Maria Besiou
For her research and teaching in humanitarian logistics, KLU Dean of Research Prof. Maria Besiou received the 2022 American Logistics Aid Network’s (ALAN) Research and Academic Contribution Award. The award honors organizations and individuals committed to “saving lives with logistics.”
Learn more . . .
KLU Research: Survey on Supply Chain Collaboration
BVL Survey
Supply chain collaboration between companies remains a hot topic – especially in times of crisis. In this issue, Kai Hoberg’s new research project with McKinsey and the German association Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL) investigates how to best set up supply chain collaboration among supply chain partners. Participate in their survey, and key insights may be shared with you at the end of the project. Check out the survey . . .
SuMO – Sustainable Management & Operations: New Degree Program
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Language: English
Start: 2023, Discount until: Nov. 11, 2022
Are you an early bird? Apply now for our new Executive Education Program SuMO and receive 10% off the tuition fee. For a green future.
Starting in March 2023, KLU will offer a new program in Sustainable Management & Operations. In an interview with the Bundesverband Wirtschaft, Verkehr und Logistik (BWVL), Academic Director Dr. Johannes Meuer reveals what you can expect from the part-time program and why it’s so important for companies to educate their employees in the field of sustainability. Read the interview . . .
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Hear It from Our Alumni: Cecile Terraz (MBA Leadership & Supply Chain Management)
Cecile Terraz graduated from KLU with her MBA in 2020 and talks about her favorite classes, why she chose the program, and how she maintained a healthy work-life balance during her studies. Read the interview . . .
Interested in the MBA Program Leadership & Supply Chain Management?
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Last Minute: KLU Attends Logistics Summit in Hamburg (Oct. 6)
Logistics Summit
As of yesterday and for the first time, KLU will be presenting its Executive Education this year at the Logistics Summit. We’d like to invite you to drop by our booth (U11) today! More information . . .
See You There?! International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin (Oct. 19-21)
October 19 - 21, KLU Executive Education will have a booth at the International Supply Chain Conference. Come and visit us (stand PV/04), we’re looking forward to seeing plenty of new and familiar faces. Program . . .
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Maritime Conference (Oct. 26 & 27)
Hapag Lloyd
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Language: English
For the 175th birthday of Hapag-Lloyd, a conference and the reception the evening before take a critical look at the ongoing transformation of shipping. Given the pressure to adapt due to climate change, a possible recession, new supply chains, and new geographic trade flows, what are the next steps? And what role do technology and digitalization play in this change? International maritime experts in science, business, and politics discuss these issues on the KLU campus. Register now . . .
Turbulent Times: The War in Ukraine and Supply Chains (Nov. 24)
Ukraine Infoverstaltung
Time: 3:00 - 6:30 pm
Language: German
Topic of the event: the effects of Russia’s attack on Ukraine on supply chains and logistics. For the 70th anniversary year of KLU partner, the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, you are welcome to join us , the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, and Logistics Initiative Hamburg. Register now . . .
Here you will find a selection of media contributions featuring KLU experts.
► brand eins, 09/2022 – Zwischen Drecksarbeit und Digitalisierung (“Between Dirty Work and Digitalization”, paywall)
► WirtschaftsWoche, 05/08/2022 – Will der wirklich nur helfen? – Zusammenarbeit von Robotern und Menschen (“Does It Really Just Want to Help? Human-Robot Collaboration”)
► Logistik Heute, 15/07/2022 – Start-Ups: Aus den Kinderschuhen (“Start-ups: Bigger Shoes to Fill”)
► Verkehrsrundschau, 05/07/2022 – BVL, TU Hamburg, Kühne Logistics University: Neues Forschungsprojekt soll Emissionsmessungen vereinfachen (“New Research Project to Simplify Emission Measurement”)
► Hamburger Abendblatt, 04/07/2022 – Flüge mit Zwischestopps: Günstiger Preis schlägt Gewissen (“Flights with Layovers: Low Price Beats Conscience”, paywall)
► SupplyChain Management Review, 01/07/2022 – Regionalize your supply chain: Closer is better (“Regionalize Your Supply Chain: Closer Is Better”, paywall)
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