In accordance with our mission, the role of research at KLU is to investigate the conditions that drive success for (logistics and supply chain management) business. Many of our faculty are involved in such ground breaking research. Respective topics span aspects such as supply chain management, effective pricing, and people leadership. In each, best results are not only achieved by excellent individuals but by bringing together excellent individuals in research groups.
Below please find a list of research groups KLU faculty take an active role in:
- Centre of African Excellence for Sustainable Operations for Ressource Management and Food Supply (SCO): The Center is operating jointly with the University of Nairobi (UoN) in Kenya and the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in Tanzania. Kühne Logistics University supported by the Kühne Foundation secured a funding of 2.2 Million Euros over five years from DAAD.
- Erasmus Centre for Leadership Studies: The Centre resides at the Rotterdam School of Management and brings together leadership experts from different fields.
- RespectResearchGroup: The RespectResearchGroup is a multidisciplinary research group and think tank. In their work, the members investigate the essences and functions of different kinds of interpersonal respect in various domains, predominantly however in business.
- Who is managing our supply chains?: This joint project of the Kühne Logistics University and McKinsey & Company is undertaken to gain in-depth knowledge about supply chain managers.
- Research Institute on Leadership and Operations in Humanitarian Aid (RILOHA): The institute is a collection of behavioural and operations researchers who seek to better understand the human dynamics within humanitarian aid operations, such as leadership, teamwork, and communication, in order to provide actionable, evidence-driven behavioural insights on how to more effectively deliver humanitarian aid.
- DFG-Forschergruppe 1452: In October 2014, the German Research Foundation (DFG) approved a new research unit proposed by leading researchers from the University of Hamburg, the University of Münster, the University of Cologne, and the Kühne Logistics University. The project "Marketing of Products in the Age of Digital Social Media" marks the first ever DFG-funded research unit to work exclusively in the discipline of business administration. In December 2017, the DFG extended the funding period by another 3 years
- The Research Group on Food Supply Chain Management seeks to combine rigorous academic research with practical insights along the entire food supply chain – i.e. from farm to fork – to investigate initiatives and improve efficiency and sustainability along the supply chain.