TU Dortmund University (https://www.tu-dortmund.de/en/) has been researching and teaching at the global intersection between man, nature and technology since its foundation in 1968. It has developed a unique profile with a combination of faculties in the natural sciences and engineering, the social sciences and the humanities. The vibrant structure with about 34,500 students in 16 faculties as well as about 6,300 employees – among them 300 professors – produces new knowledge, methodologies, and technical innovations. This is achieved through a wide spectrum of innovative research and by offering 67 bachelor’s and master’s programs including a broad-based teacher training curriculum in at least 30 subjects. There are more than 3,900 foreign students at TU Dortmund from 115 countries, which highlights its international character. TU Dortmund University maintains cooperation agreements with numerous universities all over the world, for instance in the United States, Great Britain, France, Spain, South Africa, China or Latin America. Furthermore, the university is a member of exchange organizations such as ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and of course takes part in the European exchange program ERASMUS+. The university itself is located in the Ruhr region, one of the industrial centers of Germany, and has strong links to all major German as well as to a number of European companies.
The Chair of Enterprise Logistics (http://www.lfo.tu-dortmund.de/) at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at TU Dortmund University can now look upon more than 45 years of experience and success. It stands for both theoretical and applied research and teaching in the fields of Enterprise Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Therefore we offer 15 lectures dealing with topics from the major fields of Logistics Management, Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The international orientation and commitment of the Chair for both students and teachers will be a future priority. Within the framework of the ERASMUS scholarship approx. 60 students per year have the opportunity to study abroad at one of the 34 partner universities in Europe. Furthermore, the Chair has built strong ties to international universities such as the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Tongji University and the Stellenbosch University that are currently in the process of reconstruction and expansion. In return, an average of about 20 foreign students each year is supervised by the Chair of Enterprise Logistics during their studies in Dortmund. As the founding Chair of the Graduate School of Logistics – a unique institution based on the concept of a solely third-party funded doctoral program – since 2009, the Chair of Enterprise Logistics is highly engaged in scientific counseling of industry sponsored Ph.D. students. In collaboration with notable German enterprises, the Chair strengthens cooperative interdisciplinary research concerning recent topics in logistics and Supply Chain Management as well as promotes the intensive exchange between science and practice. The interest in and passion for the ongoing development and transmission of new knowledge to enhance the competitiveness in production, procurement and logistics unites the staff of the Chair. The TU Dortmund University in close cooperation with the Fraunhofer IML is building up and further developing Blockchain related education and research as integrated part of Supply Chain Management and as a driver for Cooperation of enterprises in the industry 4.0 environment.
Univ. Prof. Dr. habil. Michael Henke holds the chair of Enterprise Logistics at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the TU Dortmund University and completes the board of directors of Fraunhofer IML. His research focuses lie among others on the area of e.g. Management of the Industry 4.0, Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts, Purchasing and Supply Management, Supply Chain Risk Management and Financial Supply Chain Management. Prof. Henke published both in leading academic journals and in practitioner handbooks and holds an adjunct professorship for Supply Chain Management at Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland, as well as a guest professorship for Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at Louvain School of Management in Belgium.
Univ. Prof. Dr. habil. Michael Henke
Head of Chair, Chair of Enterprise Logistics
TU Dortmund University