As an integral part of KLU’s mission to educate future leaders in logistics, supply chain management and management, we are offering doctoral candidates a program that prepares them to evaluate and reflect the state of knowledge in their particular field of research.
KLU’s PhD program is a unique program in training academics to be future thought leaders with a thorough understanding of one of the world’s most dynamic sectors. Digitization, new value-adding processes, and a need for increased sustainability along the triple bottom line have globally a major impact on corporations and society in general, and logistics and supply chain management in particular. We do this from the perspective of all logistics and management disciplines, and welcome applicants from very diverse backgrounds including (but not limited to) business (including finance, marketing), (industrial) engineering, and psychology.
The PhD program is a four-year program mainly consisting of independent research under supervision by two academic supervisors of KLU’s outstanding faculty, encompassing a wide scope of social science and business disciplines. Furthermore, some coursework is required, consisting of courses taken at KLU, courses taken at our partner universities and broader networks, and relevant skills training. The course program is tailored to the specific focal research area of the student. Upon successful completion, the student will obtain the (German) degree of Doctor in business, economics, and social sciences /Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Dr.rer.pol.) or the (international) degree of Doctor of Philosophy in management (PhD).
KLU is not only an ambitious learning environment but also a warm and welcoming place. I genuinely enjoyed the interdisciplinary and cooperative spirit at KLU. In line with my thesis' objective to improve cooperation in aid operations, my fellow PhD peers and I had the enriching experience of thriving as a community and learning from each other's skills and perspectives. In the same spirit, my supervisors consistently provided the support necessary for my academic career development, generously sharing their experience, expertise, and network with me.
KLU offered me an incredible array of academic opportunities that have greatly shaped my academic network and development. The university provided us with access to top conferences in our field and doctoral workshops worldwide. Moreover, I was fortunate to have an advisor who served as both an advisor and mentor, fostering my professional and personal growth throughout my Ph.D. and beyond. KLU has provided me with the best start for my career, and I look back on my time there with genuine joy and gratitude.
Without KLU I wouldn't be where I am today! The PhD is a hard journey, and you need all the support you can get. At KLU, professors were always ready to lend a hand, irrespective of the stress they were going through. In particular, my supervisors helped tremendously not only in directing the scientific content of my thesis, but especially with teaching me how to be a successful academic. They introduced me to their networks at the top conferences in the field, pushed me to become a better version of the nerdy student I was and helped navigating the emotional hard times of papers’ revisions. My amazing PhD colleagues ensured that I remained sane through all this. I still look back to my KLU time very fondly: I worked hard, had a great time, and grew a lot, all at the same time.
KLU is a truly international university! After graduating from KLU with a Master in Global Logistics and PhD in Supply Chain Management, I had the opportunity to join the United Nations Secretariat in New York. As part of the Supply Chain Management function, we are strategically supporting the integrated end-to-end supply chain from planning to delivery of peacekeeping and security operations mandated by 193 member states. It is the combination of supply chain management, global operations in high-risk and geographically remote environments, and political affairs that fascinates from day one.
I had a great time at KLU and also a great PhD experience. I am still in contact with my supervisor Prof. André Ludwig and have fond memories of my KLU time looking back. I was part of a program, where I researched half of the time and worked half of the time for the company sponsoring my PhD – which was instrumental for my research on digitally transforming automotive business models and helped me to build a career. The working environment was great and also the people!
In accordance with international standards and practices, the program is laid-out for four years of doctoral studies. Course work that is encompasses the following categories:
|Fundamentals (3 out of 3 courses)
|Breadth Requirements (2 out of 3 courses)
|A minimum of 15 ECTS in the field of the dissertation
|Further course requirements
The courses are taught at KLU by its own faculty and complemented by internationally distinguished scholars. In addition, students will attend workshops or courses at other universities, such as one of our cooperation partners, Leuphana University Lüneburg. Furthermore, the doctoral candidate will be actively involved in research projects conducted by KLU’s faculty. The goal is to publish the results in highly-ranked academic journals.
How to Apply
- Completed or about to complete a Master degree (minimum overall grade of “good” – 2.0 or better for German degrees or an equivalent international grade) in business, economics, social sciences, or comparable studies from an accredited university with a good international reputation, and belonging to the best students of your class.
- English language proficiency at a level that is equivalent to at least IELTS 6.5.
- Support by at least one resident faculty member of the KLU.