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Chair of
Supply Chain and Operations Management

Prof. Dr. Christian F. Durach, CSupply Chain and Operations Management, Berlin campus, ESCP"We live in a world where we constantly consume products and services that were created to meet our needs in terms of quality, availability, and cost. By the time they reach us, most of these offerings have undergone multifaceted transformation processes in which they were often sent around the globe multiple times through a complicated and complex web of organizations."

Today, new transportation and information processing technologies may make this network even more complex, increasing connectedness and heightened network vulnerability, making the need for more sustainable management and richer inter-company communications even clearer. The Chair of Supply Chain and Operations Management at ESCP is engaged in research, teaching, and training students to manage these complex processes. In our research, we focus on the management of risks and complexity, intercultural supplier relationships, social/ethical issues, and the larger implications of new digital technologies. The Chair emphasizes a close exchange with industrial partners both in its research and teaching to ensure a strong match between the theoretical solutions and relevant practical insights regarding today’s complex global industrial ecosystem.

- Prof. Dr. Christian F. Durach

Teaching
We offer the following courses:

Bachelor in
Management (BSc)

  • Operations Management & Business Information Systems
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Master in
Management

  • Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Research Methods
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EMBA
Executive MBA

  • Supply Chain Management
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Research

Research approach

We conduct empirical research alongside internationally renowned supply chain and operations scholars to expand our knowledge and provide new insights to both theory and practice. Our research has been published in both the leading international academic journals and more practice-oriented publications. Both our research and our service have received “outstanding” awards from some of these highly competitive outlets.

Research topics

Supply Chain Management

Globalization has not just led to the growth of complex operational networks but the need for additional coordination. Besides looking for ways in which such operational streams (loops) can become more resilient to supply chain disruptions and other risks, we analyze the impact that national cultures have on the operations of plants and networks.

Research methods

Supply chain management is still a nascent discipline. Many of the extant research methodologies need to be adjusted to meet the discipline’s idiosyncrasies. We are focused on the development of new ways to adapt current methodological standards to meet the curent needs of global supply chain managers.

Social sustainability

Recent years have shown a growing public concern about ethical corporate conduct. The public now demands that firms no longer pursue economic goals exclusively but consider environmental and social implications as well. At our Chair, we are trying to find ways to promote sustainability that can be embedded in the enterprise while taking a special interest in the social issues related to current practices in operations and supply chain management.

Digitalisation

The digital age does not just affect social interactions in our society, but how products and services are designed and produced. Digital technologies are creating new kinds of service-product interactions, new changes in production methods, and more proximity of the customer to the product/service, all of which may have a ripple effect on the entire supply chain. In this vast area, we are particularly interested in how supply chains are reshaped by some of these technologies and in how users in production networks accept and adapt to these new patterns.

Focus on:
Last Publications

Press

Benjamin Nitsche and Christian F. Durach (2018), “Much discussed, little conceptualized: supply chain volatility,” International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management.

Press

Christian F. Durach and José A.D. Machuca (2018), “A Matter of Perspective – The Role of Interpersonal Relationships in Supply Chain Risk Management,” International Journal of Operations & Production Management

Books and Book Chapters

Christian F. Durach and Frank Wiengarten (2017), „Environmental management: The impact of national and organisational long-term orientation on plants' environmental practices and performance efficacy,” Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 167, pp. 749-758

Journal

Christian F. Durach, Joakim Kembro and Andreas Wieland (2017), “A new paradigm for systematic literature reviews in supply chain management,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, Vol. 53, No. 4, pp-67-85.

Publications
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20 publications

Journal Article

2019

DURACH, C., F., F.WIENGARTEN

Supply Chain Integration and National Collectivism

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION ECONOMICS

Journal Article

2018

NITSCHE, B., C., F.DURACH

Much discussed, little conceptualized: supply chain volatility

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, 48(8), 866-886

Journal Article

2018

DURACH, C., F., J., A.MACHUCA

A Matter of Perspective – The Role of Interpersonal Relationships in Supply Chain Risk Management

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPERATIONS AND PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT, 38(10), 1866-1887

Journal Article

2018

DURACH, C., F., E. L.PAIVA

Present and future of Supply Chain and Operations Management: Special Issue from the 5th P&OM World Conference

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, 48(10), 974-975

Journal Article

2017

DURACH, C., F., F.WIENGARTEN

Environmental management: The impact of national and organisational long-term orientation on plants' environmental practices and performance efficacy

JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 167, 749-758

Journal Article

2017

DURACH, C., F., P.GLASEN, F.STRAUBE

Disruption causes and disruption management in supply chains with Chinese suppliers: Managing cultural differences

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, 47, No. 11/12, 843-863

Journal Article

2017

DURACH, C., F., J.KEMBRO, A.WIELAND

A new paradigm for systematic literature reviews in supply chain management

JOURNAL OF SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT, 53, No. 4, 67-85

Journal Article

2017

DURACH, C., F., S.KURPJUWEIT, S., M.WAGNER

The impact of additive manufacturing on supply chains

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT, 47, No. 10, 954-971

Journal Article

2017

WIELAND, A., C., F.DURACH, J.KEMBRO, H.TREIBLMAIER

Statistical and judgmental criteria for scale purification

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, 22, No. 4, 321-328

Journal Article

2017

DURACH, C., F., F.WIENGARTEN

Exploring the impact of geographical traits on the occurrence of supply chain failures

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, 22, No. 2, 160-171

Team and contact

Prof. Dr. Christian F. Durach, Chair Owner of Supply Chain and Operations Management Chair, Berlin Campus, ESCP

Prof. Dr. Christian F. Durach

Chairholder
cdurach@escpeurope.eu
Astrid Tröster, Assistant of Supply Chain and Operations Management, Berlin Campus, ESCP

Astrid Tröster

Assistant
atroester@escpeurope.eu
Marlene M. Reinsch, M.A, Research Associate, Research assistant & PhD student, Chair Supply Chain and Operations Management, Berlin Campus, ESCP

Marlene M. Reinsch, M.A.

Research assistant / PhD student
mreinsch@escpeurope.eu
Khondakar K. Hadee, Student assistant of Supply Chain and Operations Management, Berlin Campus, ESCP

Khondakar K. Hadee

Student assistant
khadee@escpeurope.eu
Vijai Mani, Student assistant of Supply Chain and Operations Management, Berlin Campus, ESCP

Vijai Mani

Research assistant/PhD student
vmani@escpeurope.eu
Ibrahim Abou El Atta, M.A.,Research assistant / PhD student of Supply Chain and Operations Management, Berlin Campus, ESCP

Ibrahim Abou El Atta, M.Sc.

PhD student
iatta@escpeurope.eu
Florian Wissuwa, Student assistant of Supply Chain and Operations Management, Berlin Campus, ESCP

Florian Wissuwa

Research assistant/PhD student
fwissuwa@escpeurope.eu