The division conducts research in logistics, supply chain management, operations management, and industrial marketing and purchasing. The research is part of Chalmers’ Areas of Advance in Production and Transport, and is closely connected to the research centres: Centre for Healthcare Improvement (CHI) and Northern LEAD logistics research centre. The division staff teach courses at the bachelor level and in the Supply Chain Management, Quality and Operations Management, and Production Engineering masters programmes, as well as on several programmes in lean production, logistics, and supply chain management for professionals. The research, education and outreach relate to five areas:
Organizing in networks
This area focuses on business network structures and processes, and efforts to organize in networks. The studied phenomena cut across the formal boundaries of organisations (firms, research centres, projects etc.). Study objects such as resource development, activity structures, out- and offshoring, innovation and start-ups, and how they develop in interaction with various other parties, are at the centre of our interests.
Managing in supply networks
This area focuses on supply networks, including the supply side as well as demand side of firms, e.g. distribution networks. Production, purchasing, and distribution implications of buyer-supplier interactions and interdependencies in supply networks are studied, together with the effective configuration of the supply chains. The subject area also considers issues connected to managing and strategizing from a focal firm’s perspective.
Operations planning and control
This area focuses on demand and supply coordination and efficiency in firms, supply chains, and production networks. Design and operations of demand management, sales and operations planning (S&OP) processes, material planning, and information sharing are studied. Information- and technology-enabled, as well as, organization- and human-oriented perspectives are taken.
Sustainable production and performance management
This area focuses on manufacturing strategy, work organization, and leadership. The content, implementation, and competitiveness of sustainable manufacturing strategies and performance measurement systems are studied. Sociotechnical systems, i.e. the holistic view of interaction between humans and the technical system, as well as lean systems design, are central.
Materials handling and Warehousing
This area focuses on materials preparation processes, warehousing, packaging, handling, and transportation within facilities. Design and operation of materials handling systems to meet requirements of both efficiency and effectiveness, as well as decision support when formulating strategies and systems, are studied. Examples of key areas are order-picking systems and materials supply in assembly systems.