Current Bachelor & Master Thesis Projects

The role of the founder: A comparative analysis between SMEs in industrialized countries and BOP markets

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This thesis aims to compare Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) in developing and industrialized countries across several dimensions. Firstly, preliminary analysis on secondary data (e.g. statistics from World Bank) should be conducted in order to investigate the role, size and diversity in terms of SMEs across several selected countries of interest. Secondly, the role of the founder should be explored for SMEs through literature reviews and expert interviews. Shuting Li
MSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2017

The meaning of technology and digitalization for BOP markets: A literature review and case studies

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This thesis aims to explore the meaning of digitalization for poverty and sustainable development of Base of the Pyramid markets. For example, it is well known that mobile phones have created an entire wave of changes in Africa with banking and financial services being offered via mobile phones (see M-Pesa in Kenya). Firstly, the student is supposed to perform a secondary data analysis employing World Economic Forum statistics in order to explore the level of digitalization of different African countries. Secondly, an extensive literature review on how digitalization impacts the development of BOP markets should be conducted. Additionally, several cases studies should be conducted in order to explore the theme more in-depth. Anastas Zaranov
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2017

How do psychological biases affect lead times in logistical operations and production.

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Description TBA Ali Qureshi
Bsc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2017

Next Generation Urban Logistics

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More and more people are moving from the rural areas to the cities. The measures the mega cities take are both of legal and of technological character. They react with driving bans, auctions of number plates and free public transport offers. Others consider new technologies, such as pallet-high ways, cargo transport via underground trains, tunnel-like busses that can overtake cars (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPdl3uxW3aI) and autonomous vehicles. What are the latest and future legal, organizational and technological approaches to urban traffic? The student is supposed to work based on literature reviews, expert interviews and case studies to evaluate the challenges, the potentials and the experiences of the traditional and new approaches. Yiyun Tong
Msc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2017

The Future of Retail Logistics – Omni Channel Logistics

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“Consumer buying behavior is changing drastically with growing adoption of the Internet, smartphones, and handheld devices worldwide, especially in Asia. The surge in Internet sales and in consumers using different channels to evaluate products, order, pay, collect, and return their purchases has driven companies to investigate the omni-channel approach. Retailers and manufacturers in all industries will need to adapt to this new reality to thrive. From being an emerging trend, omni-channel will be a key requirement in the future, presenting challenges and significant opportunities to all businesses. […] Logistics is a key enabler for omni-channel, and the success of the omni-channel approach hinges on how businesses adapt to evolving consumer journeys. They must move away from channel-based structures and networks, and seek to personalize their engagement with consumers.” (DHL, 2015). The student is supposed to work based on literature reviews, expert interviews and case studies to evaluate the challenges, the potentials and the experiences of this new approach to retail. How can production companies, retailers and service providers successfully prepare for this development? Jingchao Zhang
Bsc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2017

Supply Chain Risk Management

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Description TBA Paul Ladwig
Bsc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2017