2015

Past Bachelor & Master Thesis Projects – 2015

Decoupling Strategies in the Processing and Discrete Industry – Development of an industry-based comparison framework

Project Description

Customer Order Decoupling Points (CODPs) are strategic inventory locations in a production system, where standardised material is produced to stock, from which individual customer orders are served. Order-specific processes are thereby decoupled from order-unspecific processes. CODPs are installed to reduce order lead times, increase due date reliability, or to help deal with fluctuating demand for semi-finished products. This thesis showed the similarities and differences in different CODP strategies employed in various industries and gave recommendations for practical strategy implementation. Petya Shishiteva
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Does Lean Management work? A comparison of lean management principles in the private and public sector practice

Project Description

“The lean management philosophy is centred on highlighting aspects of a process that add value by reducing everything else and eliminating waste. The principles of lean management started in manufacturing and have since been adopted in various industries, including healthcare, education, non-profit organizations, and public services.” How are businesses and public services using lean management principles to improve their practices? More importantly, is it working? This thesis deducted the critical success and failure factors for lean implementations in a managerial rather than manufacturing context across a very wide range of industries and categorised according to sectors. Furthermore recommendations for the future of the business practice and for science have been derived. Paola Iljazi
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Structured Approach towards the Adoption of Postponement Methods

Project Description

Postponement strategy has been noted as a viable solution to cope with the forecast problem posed by the trends of E-commerce and product proliferation. To implement postponement strategy, companies need to choose from various postponement methods based on their specific industry settings. In this thesis, the connections between each postponement method and the common determinants of postponement are studied. Based on the derived correlations, a structured decision making approach is developed to assist companies in choosing the most applicable postponement method. A case study from the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) industry is used to illustrate the application process of this decision approach. Some insights regarding the SPV industry is also included to show the distinctive market and supply chain characteristics of SPV manufacturers compared to that of the conventional automobile makers. To justify final analysis result, the method of Cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is employed. Luxue Wang
MSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Supply chain reorganization in tea industry

Project Description

Description TBA. Immaculata Baradyana
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Relational Factors that influence supply chain collaboration and resilience

Project Description

The main aim of this thesis is to identify and investigate relational factors that have an influence on Supply Chain Collaboration (SCC) from a Supply Chain Risk Management perspective (SCRM). This is then supported by a theoretical framework that was developed in order to demonstrate the influencing factors and its connection to Supply Chain (SC) resilience. Most research on SCC has focused on specific factors in predefined geographical locations or economic environments. This research however, focuses on relational factors that in general affect SCC independent of geographical locations or economic environments. Jens Deloch
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Innovation on Urban Passenger Transportation in Shanghai: A case study of Self- balanced electric unicycle

Project Description

Increasing motor vehicle ownerships has been causing problems for urban passenger transportation in Shanghai. Heavy traffic congestion, limited parking capacity, excessive gasoline and diesel consumption, severe air pollution and high GHG emission are identified as five main challenges Shanghai’s urban passenger transportation has been facing. To tackle these challenges, innovations emerge as solutions to overcome the problems. This thesis chooses one example, the self-balances electric unicycle, as a single-case study to empirically evaluate the validity of the theoretical approaches on a radical case of innovation for passenger transport in Shanghai. Linzi Guo
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Development of Mobile Environment for Damage Identification in Automobile Logistics Industry: Feasibility Study on BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven Germany

Project Description

Within the field of logistics, damage examination and recording at terminal operations are important processes. Nevertheless, the process has at times yet to run smoothly due to inconsistent damage inspection methods. Therefore, this study presents a solution for standardized damage checking method in automobile logistics industry. The objective is to develop a user-friendly mobile environment that would combine software, hardware and handling processes to harmonize all heterogeneous processes in order to save cost, time, effort and to reduce the damage rate. After initial comprehensive literature review, an in-depth analysis of a real case study in the industry will follow to fill in the gap of state-of-the-art researches. Specifically, this paper will provide insight through the employment of internal
information from BLG Automobile Logistics GmbH & Co. KG. After an as-is analysis of current implementation in damage identification process of BLG in Bremerhaven AutoTerminal, the concept of a new mobile environment for damage identification will be introduced.
Duc Hoang
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Managing development: An assessment of three monitoring and evaluation frameworks in development projects and their responsiveness to the challenges of international development

Project Description

The aim of this paper is to compare and contrast 3 common monitoring and evaluation frameworks used in international development cooperation projects and to generate recommendations for improvements for the general monitoring and evaluation of development projects. It aims to answer the following question: How responsive are the monitoring and evaluation frameworks to current challenges in M&E of international development projects? Fatma Houerbi
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Alleviating Poverty in a developing country through Frugal Innovation: The Case of Treadle Pump in Myanmar

Project Description

Despite the fact that there are many academic case studies on the treadle pump as well as on the poverty reductions, there lacks a research on the in-depth qualitative as well as qualitative findings on the connection between the frugal innovations from Proximity Design and the specific poverty reduction it produces. This thesis aims to provide qualitative judgement on the aforementioned connection. Aung Latt
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Humanitarian supply chain planning and management in small to medium organizations: Logistics cost reduction strategies

This paper investigates the challenges and characteristics of both SMO‟s and larger organizations in regards to the critical success factors for humanitarian logistics. The identified qualities of both classes of humanitarian organizations are analysed and generic cost reduction strategies are developed for the organizations with the possibility of scalability in order to allow modification of these strategies for different classes of organizations. The most important cost reduction strategies that were suggested in this research are; (1) formation of coordinative supply chain relationships among humanitarian organizations, (2) inter-organizational consignment consolidation, (3) efficient warehousing and stock-piling strategies, (4) product innovation for logistics in the case of specialize SMO‟s, (5) pull-based delivery mechanism, and (6) adoption of software for humanitarian logistics planning and management. Kudakwashe Muchandibaya
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Process Penetration Point: Standardization vs. Customization in the Case of the Warehouse Outbound Process at a Logistics Service Provider

The primary purpose of this thesis is to develop a framework that helps identify the balance between process standardization and process customization within a warehouse outbound process. Accordingly, the thesis has two sub-objectives. The first sub-objective throughout the course of research is to bring down the CODP or OPP concept to the level of processes and develop a so-called Process Penetration Point (PPP) concept. Moreover, the second sub-objective is applying this concept to the warehouse outbound process. The aim is to find conceptual framework that can be applied by logistics service providers conducive to being flexible towards customer requirements while at the same time having efficient and cost effective processes. Henok Nida
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Application of RFID technology in vehicle distribution

Description TBA. Klajda Tare
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Transportation Concepts of an Inbound Supply Chain in the Automotive Industry

The purpose of the thesis is to examine, understand, and formulate a tool for transportation network planning the inbound supply chain of the automotive industry. The basic question answered in this thesis is “How can an automotive OEM know which transportation network to adopt to achieve a desired target in inbound?” This question is important because its answer essentially contributes to the cost-sinking efforts currently made by various automotive OEMs all over the world. Stephanie Tindjou Nana
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Synchronization in manufacturing systems: Simulation study on emergence and influence on performance

Synchronization as a dynamic process has found applications in many fields. Nonetheless, in the context of production logistics it remains unclear how the phenomena relates to manufacturing systems. The aim of this study is to investigate the conditions for emergence of synchronization and its effects on the wide spectrum of production logistics performance objectives. We conduct a literature review on three fundamental aspects concerning the investigation, namely synchronization measures for manufacturing systems, production logistics objectives and key performance indicators, and queuing theory and simulation as the underlying methodology for deductive modeling of manufacturing systems. Posteriorly, we run computer simulations on schematics networks of queuing manufacturing systems and investigate synchronization measurements in relation to system parameters and performance indicators. Manuel Schipper
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Capacity planning in job-shop manufacturing under disturbances

Description TBA. Cristian Diaconu
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015

Transport route choice for high and heavy logistics

Project cargo transportation by road is a complex and significant job within project logistics that requires a more standardized method. The aim of the thesis is to provide a standardized framework of how project cargo should be transported by road by identifying the determinants necessary. For this purpose, a literature review and a case study will be examined. The literature review will explore what project cargo and its supply chain is along with its collaboration, influence, challenges and logistics service providers. In turn identifying the determinants of project cargo road transportation subdivided within external and internal risks. The internal risks are divided into: project planning and management, cargo characteristics, and equipment maintenance. Subsequently, the external risks are: policies, route of transportation, vehicle for transportation and natural risks. These risks form a standardized framework for road transportation of project cargo. Lastly, in order to examine the effect and importance of these determinants a case study of a company transporting project cargo by road will be analyzed. Erica Staufert Carvalho
BSc International Logistics Management and Engineering 2015