You can start this programme in summer or winter semester. It is structured in four semesters and comprises eight modules. Scientific working skills are taught from the first semester on.
1st Year: The subjects of General Management, Intercultural Competence & Soft Skills, Extra logistics and Law, Project & Change Management and Intralogistics are covered.
2nd Year: Based on this, the fields of Logistics Management and International Logistics Consulting represent the executive level. The fourth term is reserved for the Master’s Thesis.
Students who start their studies with a bachelor’s degree with 180 ECTS (less than 210 ECTS) are obliged to complete an extra-module no later than by registering their final thesis. This additional module is called 'Specific Management Skills' and covers marketing, human resource management and industrial & organisational psychology. The lectures are only offered in winter semester.
LIMC110: General Management
- Core topics: Insight into the various fields of general business administration, such as controlling, finance / investment, production management, marketing / distribution and human resources management.
- Goals: Economic thinking as well as the ability to identify economy-related issues based on a profound knowledge in business contexts.
Module 120: Intercultural Competence & Soft skills
- Core topics: Intercultural competence, Business ethics and soft skills.
- Goals: Intercultural competence: Students learn team building abilities (especially in international contexts) as well as conflict solving skills, focusing on the achievement of cultural competence as a strategic factor of success in a global economy.
- Business ethics: Strengthening the personality and enabling students to deal responsibly with their knowledge base (e.g. in dialectics), which includes self-improvement and augmenting the students’ reasoning abilities. Students learn to take responsibility.
- Soft skills: Dialectics / Negotiating should enable to win through a dispute respecting all rules of fairness, in leading discussions, talks, negotiations and disputes consciously, using the so-called fair dialectic according to Lay. Enable to improve manner and - by using strategies - to avoid being put to a competitive disadvantage.
Module 130: Extralogistics
- Core topics: Supplier Relationship Management: architecture of SRM strategies and their respective manifestations, conditions for their implementation; Distribution Management, Transport.
- Goals: Supplier Relationship Management: develop overall procurement strategies in complex structures based on the design of strategic and operative procurement processes.
- Distribution Management: Understand the complexity of the logistics system in order to independently make decisions in logistics, considering the impacts on other corporate functions, ability to give advice to decisions makers in marketing and sales regarding logistics.
- Transport: Introduction to the functions of transport, in air transport in particular, focusing on the production of traffic services in air transport and coordination challenges in air traffic.
Module 210: Logistics Law
- Core topics: Corporate forms of consultancies, creating check lists as a legal frame between the consultant and their client, offering a contract and dealing with formal issues, general contractual terms and so on.
- Goals: Students will acquire the necessary legal mindset as well as legislation basics. The focus will be set on issues subject to civil law and related to consulting. Students will analyze legal relationships between consultants and (potential) customers and discuss related issues. They will also learn how to deal with pertinent check lists and sample contracts.
Module 220: Project & Change Management
- Core topics: Project Management, Change Management.
- Project Management: The ability to independently, constructively, methodologically and systematically plan and control projects (or parts of projects) in logistics. Develop proficiency to make reasonable decisions, to assess the consequences of these decisions as well as to critically reflect and dialectically develop them further.
- Change Management: Learn necessity of it, learn to perceive Change Management in its function as a management technique and as a consulting concept ( e. g. Kurt Lewin’s Three Stage Concept).
Module 230: Intralogistics
- Core topics: Elements of Intralogistics, Logistics Systems in a Digital Factory, Production Management.
- Goals: Expertise in industrial planning, finding solutions to complex challenges and methodologically approaching the solution of interdisciplinary tasks, analyzing internal areas of organization, implementation and optimization of the material and information flow. Functions and possible uses of individual system components are examined and the possibilities of information-technical integration are presented. Specifically, simulation of complex processes in the virtual reality of a digital factory offers options to recognize possible tasks or optimize present processes in advance already.
Module 310: Logistics Management
Core topics: Lean Management, Logistics Controlling, Supply Chain Management.
Goals: Lean Management: Analyze causal connections in logistics and systematically improve them by means of lean management methods, being able to decide on the most appropriate lean method and to implement them within counselling projects, understanding differences between classic management approaches and the ideas of lean management.
Logistics controlling: Systematically apply methods relevant for logistics in a problem-oriented way, awareness and solutions for particular connection to processes in cross-functional Logistics services, considering the difficulty in delimitation, as reflected in cost and performance assessment. Raise awareness for corporate solutions and enable to create them for making solid management decisions.
Supply Chain Management: Studying practical issues the students, understand the coherent structures of a business within its environment and to implement business strategies. An interactive business game will introduce the basic principles of the dynamics of supply chains.
Modul 320: Logistics Consulting
- Core topics: Logistics Management Consulting, Business Process Management, Knowledge Management.
- Goals: Consulting: Efficiently deal with consulting services along the supply chain, learn to sort characteristic prototypes of challenges in logistics into the segments of (a) transport and traffic, (b) procurement and purchase, (c) logistics engineering and (d) supply chain management and be enabled to independently, constructively, methodologically and systematically plan and control them as projects or as parts of them. Recognize and purposefully use modern strategies such as benchmarking or network planning or total-cost-of-ownership.
- Business Process Management: Strategies, including the modelling, analysis, optimization and implementation of the structures of processes. Best practice approaches for the creation of core processes in consulting, beginning with the first contact to prospective clients and continuing over the accomplishment up until the client satisfaction survey, all focusing on the introduction and application of standard tools and standard products.
Module 400: Research Competence & Thesis
- Core topics: Research methods and academic writing, presenting results, placing the thesis into a scientific and practice-oriented context, discussing crucial results.
- Goals: Build awareness for important issues in the theory of science and overview of the latest and most relevant research methods. Ability to deduce consequences for business decisions from findings regarding the theory of science. Work independently on complex specifically practice-oriented issues seen from a scientific perspective.
- The Master’s Thesis is supposed to prove that the graduate is highly apt to both transfer scientific findings to practical issues and to apply them appropriately.
Extra-Module A10: Specific Management Skills
- Core topics: Marketing, Human Resource Management, Industrial- & Organizational psychology.
- Goals: Marketing: Understand and operationally implement the concept of marketing by mastering the basics of market research and making use of its results as a basis for decisions, at the same time to see the limits of market research and to consider them in decision making. Apply their marketing skills in different market ranges.
- Psychology: Understanding the behaviour of others – especially regarding the field of work – to gain a more appropriate behaviour in dealing with other people, which will be relevant and trained during the on-site presence periods. Scientific basics will be conveyed in an application-oriented manner, enabling the students to apply and use these essentials in their behaviour as decision makers, juniors or seniors. They will also learn to use behavioural scientific competence, which plays a vital role in professional decision making.
- Human Resource Management: Recognize that it is basically humans that must be scheduled, selected, procured, developed, allocated and decruited, in order to realize the targets of a business based on laws, labor and employment.