Chair ofSupply Chain and Operations Management
"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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.