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Außerhalb der regulären Ausschreibung von Abschlussarbeiten zum Wintersemester 2019/20 bieten wir aktuell einige interessante und äußerst aktuelle Themen zur Bearbeitung im Rahmen von Bachelor- und Masterarbeiten an (Bearbeitungsbeginn flexibel).

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Evaluierung eines Lagerkonzepts im Bauwesen

Bauprojekte sind mit dem Management von großen Mengen an Informationen, Finanzmitteln und Baustoffen verbunden. Ein erfolgreicher Projektabschluss bedingt, dass der Transfer dieser Komponenten effizient, effektiv und fristgerecht vollzogen wird. Hier stellt die Baulogistik einen maßgeblichen Erfolgsfaktor dar, welche im Zuge der komplexen Prozesse der Unikatfertigung als Querschnittsfunktion eine zentrale Rolle bei der Organisation, Planung und Ausführung von Bauprojekten darstellt. In diesem Aufgabenkontext bieten wir, der Lehrstuhl für Supply Chain Management, in Kooperation mit einem mittelständischen Praxispartner die Bearbeitung einer Abschlussarbeit an. Die Arbeit leistet einen wesentlichen Beitrag zu einem aktuell laufenden Projekt zur Lageroptimierung und bietet daher die Möglichkeit, das erarbeitet Logistikkonzept je nach Arbeitsfortschritt bereits während der Bearbeitungszeit zu implementieren.

  • Aufnahme der aktuellen Lagerprozesse inklusive Bestellverfahren, Wareneingang, Lagerplatzverwaltung sowie den Versandprozess unter Einbeziehung informationstechnologischer Aspekte
  • Mengenmäßige Betrachtung der Lagerbewegungen
  • Identifikation, Klassifikation und Priorisierung von Optimierungspotenzialen unter Berücksichtigung zuvor erarbeiteter Kriterien
  • Evaluierung eines Soll-Konzepts bestehend aus Prozessentwicklung (inklusive Abbildung der Prozesse im ERP-System), Modell für die Prognose des Stellplatzbedarfs abgeleitet aus den zuvor ausgewerteten Daten sowie einer Roadmap für die Implementierung
  • Mitarbeit bei strategischen Fragestellungen unter anderem in der Bereichen Lieferantenmanagement, Prozessoptimierung (Schwerpunkt „purchase to pay“) und Einkaufscontrolling

  • Eigeninitiative und Motivation
  • Interesse an logistischen Abläufen in einer praxisnahen Umgebung
  • Sehr gute, praxiserprobte Kenntnisse von MS Office, ggf. erste Erfahrung in der Prozessmodellierung (MS-Visio, Signavio, etc.)
  • Sorgfältige Arbeitsweise und gewissenhafte Dokumentation der Ergebnisse

Weitere Informationen:

  • Start des Projekts: Ab sofort, spätestens Januar 2020
  • 3 Monate Präsenzzeit vor Ort (Frankfurt am Main)
  • Die Abschlussarbeit beinhaltet ein begleitendes und bezahltes Praktikum im Kooperationsunternehmen über 3 Monate, ggf. mit Verlängerung
Intelligent Transportation Systems

Global freight transport by rail, ship, aircraft and truck is currently hit by a new wave of digitalisation. The use of digital technologies (e.g. big data analytics, blockchain, artificial intelligence) can improve existing transport processes and create new innovative logistics services and smart services. Our research focuses on particularly intelligent transport systems such as „Digital Rail“ and „Smart Ports“.

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This bachelor thesis aims to find out which new technologies e. g. big data analytics and blockchain are applied in the future in order to make transportation systems more “intelligent”. Focus of this bachelor thesis is the railway freight industry. Therefore, based on the provided results of a literature review, a questionnaire for interviews with experts from the industry should be designed and the interviews be conducted.

Last mile delivery

Freight traffic is responsible for 10% of the total traffic within urban areas (CEC, 2001). Therefore, the city logistics approach is gaining attention through rising congestion and ecological awareness of customers. City logistic is “the process for totally optimizing the logistics and transport activities by private companies in urban areas while considering the traffic environment, the traffic congestion and energy consumption within the framework of a market economy.” (Taniguchi et al, 1999). Especially the delivery of e-commerce goods und food rise to a challenge in urban areas.

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The aim of this bachelor thesis is to identify and define different alternative transportation concepts in urban areas and on the last mile. Using a literature review, the results should give an overview of current concepts and projects for sustainable last mile deliveries.

Recently, a huge number of projects for alternative city logistic concepts have been piloted. City-hubs and delivery through car parks are only two examples of new ways of delivering on the last mile. The aim of this master thesis is to identify barriers and motivators for alternative delivery concepts one the last mile. Therefore, a case study should be conducted that includes municipalities as well as logistics service providers and commerce.

The transportation of goods is very expensive, with the last mile typically being the most cost-intensive part of the transport chain (Cordon et al., 2016). Companies attempt new concepts to reduce transport costs, for example, avoiding costs that arise when a costumer (freight recipient) cannot be reached. These concepts can be technical and try to save personal resources and spare road use, such as robots, which are used to undertake the last mile delivery (Pettit, 2015). Amazon is currently testing drones for their delivery (Vanian, 2016), and DHL is investigating the topic of unmanned aerial vehicles (Heutger and Kückelhaus, 2014). The aim of the bachelor thesis is to give an overview of different delivery concepts and approaches existing in the literature through a systematic literature review. The aim of the master thesis is to evaluate the trends and concepts of the last mile in food logistics in the future. A systematic literature review should be used to create projection which will be evaluated by experts in a delphi study.

Many studies have been published during recent years around sustainable supply chain management in general, but still quite few have investigated sustainability management in multi-tier supply chains or in food logistic sector in particular.The aim of this thesis is to analyze a multi-tier supply chain in the food logistic and to identify challenges and opportunities for this concept with regard to sustainability. After a systematic literature review a case study with experts from different companies should be conducted.

In the last decade, the interest in last mile delivery of food products increased and various papers focused on this topic. This master thesis investigates the literature in detail in order to identify related research areas that can contribute to the development of the future of food logistic. With the help of bibliographic and network citation analyses (Fahimnia et al., 2015), research clusters will be identified and interrelated to support the development of the food logistic.

Bringing Physical Internet to life

The Physical Internet (PI) is a new logistics concept aiming for higher sustainability and efficiency in supply chain management through the interconnection of logistics networks and resources (Sternberg and Norrman, 2017). The holistic concept aims for a paradigm shift in the way goods are transported, stored, and handled end-to-end and therefore incorporates various stakeholders along this process (Montreuil, 2011). While shippers and customers are only marginally influenced by this new concept, logistics companies are forced to fundamentally adapt their businesses towards the PI. Furthermore, as the PI is still in its early adoption phase, it can learn from more mature supporting research areas such as synchromodal transportation, horizontal collaboration, and the Internet-of-things. With our research, we address the PI from different research directions in order to bring it to life.

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This master thesis focuses on horizontal collaboration in logistics as a fundamental building block of the PI. Horizontal collaboration between companies has been applied for years and it proved to increase the efficiency in transport, storage, and handling of goods. However, it is still rather an exception than the norm (Chen et al., 2017). The aim of this thesis is to identify influential characteristics of companies that support the adoption of horizontal collaboration. The developed hypotheses are further tested through a survey (for general orientation: Zhang and Cao, 2018).

The logistics sector has been proved to be slow in adopting innovations. Insights about adoption strategies from research domains beyond logistics and supply chain management can help to develop pathways to increase market adoption of emerging technologies and concepts (PI) in logistics.

Smart Supply Chain Management

Smart services are enabled by smart products that are both connected and intelligently aware to enable efficient operation, optimization, analysis, integration and other digitally-enabled business functions (Allmendinger and Lombreglia, 2005Kagerman et al., 2013Porter and Heppelmann, 2014a). The expanded capabilities of smart, connected products and the data they generate render them fundamentally different, enabling new mechanisms of value creation and increasingly customized service features (Porter and Heppelmann, 2014bWünderlich et al., 2015). Although smart services are being increasingly adopted among manufacturers and their importance is widely acknowledged, many service organizations are not capable of using the potential offered by this new kind of service (Brax and Jonsson, 2009Westergren, 2011).

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Research into the unique characteristics of smart services, beyond anecdotal evidence in case studies, is very limited (Grubic, 2014Ostrom et al., 2015Wünderlich et al., 2015). Studies focusing on the challenges of smart services seem to be particularly scarce (Grubic and Peppard, 2016). The aim of this master thesis is to investigate the main barriers regarding smart service in the logistic industry and to identify the main factors underlying the barriers.

As traditional supply chains are increasingly becoming intelligent with more objects embedded with sensors and better communication, intelligent decision making and automation capabilities, the new smart supply chain presents unprecedented opportunities for achieving cost reduction and enhancing efficiency improvement (Wu et al., 2016). The purpose of this paper is to study and explore the currents status and remaining issues of smart supply chain management.

As traditional supply chains are increasingly becoming intelligent with more objects embedded with sensors and better communication, intelligent decision making and automation capabilities, the new smart supply chain presents unprecedented opportunities for achieving cost reduction and enhancing efficiency improvement (Wu et al., 2016). The purpose of this paper is to investigate the technological and management challenges in implementing smart supply chains. Questions like „How can supply chain analysis assist better technological development?“ and „Can technology be a possible solution to the long lasting management problems like lack of trust in supply chains?“ should be answered.

Application of Process Mining between Supply Chain Partners

Handling and using data is becoming increasingly important in today’s business world in many sectors. To remedy this, companies make use of different technologies like Big Data Analysis, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence or Process Mining. Process Mining, for example, is especially used by companies to uncover and better understand one’s own business processes. In fact, “Process Mining is an analytical discipline for discovering, monitoring, and improving real processes” (Klenk et al., 2019). While many companies have established Process Mining in the last few years, the focus always was on internal processes. Just recently, companies started to think about using Process Mining to analyze their cross-company processes. However, as this requires exchange of (sensitive) data between different companies, new difficulties may occur.

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Since there are still shortcomings in the theory of cross-organizational Process Mining, this bachelor/master thesis is intended to shed further light on the subject. To be more precise, the aim is to examine how the application of Process Mining can influence the aspects mentioned in the principal-agent theory (hidden information, moral hazard, etc.) between two companies. A case study approach shall be applied as the research method.

Since there are still shortcomings in the theory of cross-organizational Process Mining, this bachelor/master thesis is intended to shed further light on the subject. This thesis aims at examining how the application of Process Mining can influence the aspects mentioned in the principal-agent theory, information processing theory and the transaction cost theory. To answer this question, a comparison of this three theories shall be made by making use of the current literature (literature review).
Supply Chain Governance in the Age of Digital Transformation

The effective management of inter-organizational relationships across the supply chain is of paramount importance for all firms involved. In a turbulent and constantly evolving business environment, this requires appropriate and adaptive governance mechanisms that promote efficient collaboration within the supply chain while mitigating the risk of opportunistic behavior through means of control. Governance of inter-organizational relationships can generally be contractual and/or relational. At the same time, ICT-based technologies change the way and potentials how companies can interact. Yet, a clear understanding of the impact of Digital Transformation on governance from a supply chain perspective is still lacking. Therefore, the objective of the following theses is to investigate how and why Digital Transformation influences governance of inter-organizational relationships in supply chains.

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Following the growing interest towards multi-tier relationships, when focusing on governance from a SC perspective, how are relationships (and governing and controlling these relationships) evolving when implementing the Digital Transformation across the “extended” supply chain? How is “governance-beyond the dyad” (e.g., governance of a triadic relationship) affected by the Digital Transformation, in terms of its form and effectiveness? Potential research methods to cover this research question are surveys or case studies.

Size matters? Investments in the new digital technologies may be substantial. Large enterprises may afford them more than smaller ones, and therefore acquire – and possibly exploit – the resulting advantages in terms of visibility, control of information, data analytics and automated decisions. Is this further strengthening the bargaining power of big companies? How is governance changing in the relationships between large corporations and SMEs? Research method: A bachelor thesis will conduct a literature review; A master thesis will cover this topic by applying a case study.

Implications of Digital Transformation on supply chain finance/cashflow – There has been an increased trend for buyers to reduce cash conversion cycles by deferring payments to their suppliers (to 90 days, 120 days or even longer) often without establishing financial support mechanisms. Suppliers are also asked to hold inventory until it is consumed. Yet the supplier may not be in the best financial position to finance the supply chain. Digital Transformation might enable visibility of invoices and inventory to improve financial flows, gain access to efficient supply chain finance mechanisms and trade terms, and reduce transaction costs. It might facilitate better understanding of the true financing costs within the supply chain, to improve payment terms, inventory levels and financing mechanisms. Research method: A bachelor thesis will conduct a literature review; A master thesis will cover this topic by applying a case study.

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