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22-nd ELA Doctorate Workshop 2017, 21-st to 24-th of June 2017 in Wrocław (Poland)

Report by Jarosław Witkowski

The decision about location the 22-nd ELA Doctorate Workshop at the Wroclaw University of Economics in Poland was taken by members of Research Committee Meeting in Brussels on 30-th of November 2016.

The final team of workshop was as follows:

Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Dr. Alan McKinnon (Kuehne Logistics University, Germany)

Moderators:

Chairman and Session I: Prof. Dr. Jaroslaw Witkowski (Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland)

Session II: Prof. Dr. Gunter Prockl (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)

Session III: Prof. Dr. Luuk Veelentruf (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)

Session IV: Prof. Dr. Claudio Ferrari (University of Genova, Italy)

The call for PhD proposals was sent out by Chairman of ELA Research Committee Prof. Hans Christian Pfohl in 2-nd of December 2016. As last year the announcement was also spread out by the others research committee and work-shop team members. Until the deadline 3-rd of March 2017 the chairman of the workshop received PhD proposals and letters of recommendation signed by supervisors from 12 countries. The participants of next the ELA Research Committee in the meeting in Brussels in April selected 20 applications and decided about their allocations to the responsible moderators based of their own academic backgrounds . Taking into account the suggestions from the last years, all of the accepted three pages PhD concepts were visible for all participants about two months before the beginning of 22-ed ELA Doctorate Workshop in Wroclaw.

The workshop was organized within four sessions with five presentations as follows:

- 15 minutes PhD proposal presentation,

- 10 minutes moderator questions and discussion,

- 5 minutes questions from two students appointed as a opponents.

According to the agenda of the workshop the keynote speaker as well as all the moderators introduced themselves and described the contemporary logistics research topics in which they have been involved in. In the middle of the next day of the workshop Prof. Alan McKinnon gave very interesting lecture under the title: “A Global Shortage of the Logistics Skills? Issues, Polices and Research Challenges”. In the end of the formal part of the workshop Prof. Hans Christian Pfohl as a chairman of the ELA Research Committee handed over the special certificates to all students who presented their PhD proposals.

During the final dinner the moderators awarded the best student presentation by Emine Zehra Akgun from Edinburgh Napier University in UK. The dinner speaker was Krzysztof Dwornik vice-president of Trans.eu innovative company who is provider of electronic freight exchange and computer systems to automate logistics processes. The feedback re-cived from all participants, related both the scientific as well as social network perspectives of the workshop, was gen-erally very positive.

The 22nd ELA Doctorate Workshop is sponsored by:

Announcement: ELA Doctorate Workshop 2017, June 21st – June 24th 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland

The twenty-second ELA Doctorate Workshop will take place in Wroclaw, Poland, from June 21st – June 24th 2017 at the Wroclaw University of Economics.

I would like to invite you to propose one doctoral student from your university, who could contribute to this workshop with an interesting doctoral research project within logistics. All fields of logistics in the broadest sense are of interest.

The nominated student is requested to prepare a three-page paper containing the stage of their doctorate research project (beginning, middle, end) and a brief description of the project (research objectives, methodology, expected results, list of references etc.) and submit the proposal before March 3rd 2017.

The application should also include a short letter of recommendation from the PhD supervisor Head of the Department (this letter can follow after the proposal if necessary). More information about ELA and the previous doctorate workshops can be found at the homepage of TU Darmstadt (Supply Chain and Network Management http://www.scnm.tu-darmstadt.de (on the right side click on ELA Logistics Association)

The ELA Research Committee will evaluate the submitted papers and invite about 20 doctoral students to participate in the workshop. All the students have to prepare a formal presentation. The chairman and 3 other experienced logistics professors from Europe will participate as advisors and moderators during the workshop.

Accommodation and meals will be free for all the invited doctoral students. Travel costs have to be paid by the participants themselves. The ELA doctorate workshop can be highly recommended. It is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students from all over Europe to meet and establish a valuable network. Students can get 3 ECTS.

Please send the paper as an attached document in Word to the chairman of this year’s workshop:

Prof. Dr. Jaroslaw Witkowski

Wroclaw University of Economics

Department of Strategic Management and Logistics

Komandorska Street 118/120

53-345 Wroclaw, Poland

e-mail: jaroslaw.witkowski@ue.wroc.pl

Tel. +48 501090903

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Head of ELA R&D Committee:

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Christian Pfohl

21st ELA DOCTORATE WORKSHOP 2016, June 22nd – June 25th 2016 in Vienna, Austria

Report by Pietro Evangelista

The call for papers was sent out by Prof. Hans Christian Pfohl on behalf of the ELA Research committee in late November 2015 to be disseminated in the local logistics research communities by the committee members.

After an extension of the deadline until 12th March 2016, 37 proposals were received together with a recommendation letter by supervisors.

The ELA Research committee selected 20 students out of the 37 applicants during the committee meeting held in Brussels on 12th April 2016. In the same meeting the three moderators, the chairman and the keynote speaker were confirmed. The final workshop team was as follows:

Chairman:

- Prof. Dr. Pietro Evangelista (IRISS-CNR, Naples, Italy)

Moderators:

- Prof. Dr. Pietro Evangelista (IRISS-CNR, Naples, Italy)

- Prof. Dr. Tina Wakolbinger Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria)

- Prof. Dr. Jaroslaw Witkowski (Wroclaw University of Economics, Wroclaw, Poland)

- Prof. Dr. Erik Sandberg (Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden)

Keynote speaker:

- Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kummer (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria)

One student required a visa and invitation letters that were issued and sent to the Austrian embassy in the UK. The selected students were asked to submit a paper by the 1st June 2015 so that moderators and students can better comment on their work. A Dropbox folder was created to share information/documents with participants, moderators, committee members and the guest speaker. The allocation of the moderators and students over different papers was finalized on early June 2016.

All 20 students successfully attended the workshop from 22nd until 25th June 2016. The workshop was organised to have a PhD students’ presentation first and three discussants (one moderator and two other PhD students) immediately after the presentation. Each moderator managed a session with 10 minutes at the beginning of his/her own session to introduce the session topics. The moderators were allocated to a particular group of students consistently with their own background. This allowed the provision of very appropriate suggestions to the students. In the programme, a slot was allocated for allowing the moderators to present themselves and illustrate the main research areas in which they are involved and specialised. The keynote speech from Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kummer was given during the workshop programme.

The following two students were awarded for the best presentation during the final dinner:

- Ahmed El-Said, University of Huddersfield (UK)

- Daniel Reinhardt, Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany)

The ELA certificates were handed over to the students by Prof. Dr. Hans-Christian Pfohl, head of the ELA Research Committee. Finally, the feedback received was generally very positive as confirmed by the comments from the participants. The PhD students were enthusiastic about the opportunity to get very good feedback from moderators and doing effective networking. Students were happy about the evening program that allowed them to network. The hospitality of the Vienna University of Economics and Business was also very much appreciated.

The 21st ELA Doctorate Workshop is sponsored by:

Announcement: ELA Doctorate Workshop 2016, June 22nd – June 25th 2016 in Vienna, Austria

The twenty-first ELA Doctorate Workshop will take place in Vienna, Austria, from June 22nd – June 25th 2016 at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

I would like to invite you to propose one doctoral student from your university, who could contribute to this workshop with an interesting doctoral research project within logistics. All fields of logistics in the broadest sense are of interest.

The nominated student is requested to prepare a three-page paper containing the stage of their doctorate research project (beginning, middle, end) and a brief description of the project (research objectives, methodology, expected results, list of references etc.) and submit the proposal before February 22nd 2016.

The application should also include a short letter of recommendation from the PhD supervisor or Head of the Department (this letter can follow after the proposal if necessary). More information about ELA and the previous doctorate workshops can be found at the homepage of TU Darmstadt (Supply Chain and Network Management http://www.scnm.tu-darmstadt.de (on the right side click on ELA Logistics Association)

The ELA Research Committee will evaluate the submitted papers and invite about 20 doctoral students to participate in the workshop. All the students have to prepare a formal presentation. The chairman and 3 other experienced logistics professors from Europe will participate as advisors and moderators during the workshop.

Accommodation and meals will be free for all the invited doctoral students. Travel costs have to be paid by the participants themselves. The ELA doctorate workshop can be highly recommended. It is an excellent opportunity for doctoral students from all over Europe to meet and establish a valuable network. Students can get 3 ECTS.

Please send the paper as an attached document in Word to the chairman of this year’s workshop:

Prof. Pietro EVANGELISTA, PhD

IRISS-CNR and University of Naples Federico II P.le Tecchio 80

80125 Naples (Italy)

E-mail: p.evangelista@unina.it

Tel. +39 081 7682960

Fax +39 081 7682154

Reports about previous workshops

20th ELA Doctorate Workshop 2015 June 24th – June 27th – Schindellegi (Switzerland)

The call for papers was sent out by Prof. Hans-Christian Pfohl, Technische Universität Darmstadt (D), on behalf of the ELA Research Committee with the deadline of 20th February 2015 in order to be disseminated in the local logistics research communities by the committee members. The moderators of the workshop were Prof. Pietro Evangelista, IRISS-CNR and University of Naples Federico II (I), Prof. Elizabeth Jackson, Royal Veterinary College London (UK), Prof. Erwin van der Laan, Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL) and Prof. Dragan Cisic, University of Rijeka (HR).

18 students from all over Europe successfully attended the workshop from June 24th – 27th 2015. The workshop was structured to have a PhD student’s presentation and three discussions (one moderator and two other PhD students). Each moderator managed a session with 10 minutes at the beginning of his/her own session to introduce the session topics. An important decision was to associate the moderators to a particular group of students compatible with their own background. This allows the provision of very appropriate suggestions to the students. In the programme, there was a slot for allowing the moderators to present themselves and illustrate the main research areas in which they are involved. In addition, there was a prominent guest speaker (Prof. Martin Christopher, Cranfield University (UK)) who gave a presentation during the workshop programme. Also this year, an award for the best presentation was given to two students who were equally evaluated by the chairman and moderators. The ELA-certificates for the participation in the workshop were handed to the students by the head of the ELA Research Committee, Prof. Hans-Christian Pfohl during the closing dinner.

The feedback of the students was generally very positive. The PhD students were enthusiastic about the opportunity to get very good comments from the moderators. The presentation that the guest speaker gave was very stimulating for students and there was a lively debate after the presentation. Students were happy about the evening programme that allowed them to network and the hospitality of the Kuehne foundation was also very much appreciated.

The 20th ELA Doctorate Workshop is sponsored by:

19th ELA Doctorate Workshop 2014, June 25th – June 28th in Hamburg

Participants at the ELA Doctorate Workshop 2014, 25th June – 28th June in Hamburg, Germany
Participants at the ELA Doctorate Workshop 2014, 25th June – 28th June in Hamburg, Germany

The Call for Papers was sent out by Prof. Hans-Christian Pfohl (chairman of the ELA-Research Committee; TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany) to the members of the ELA-Research Committee with the request to forward proposals to the chairman of the workshop Dr. Pietro Evangelista (IRAT-CNR and University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy).

In the following, 18 students were selected by the ELA-Research Committee. They were asked to prepare an extended paper about their research, a short CV, as well as questions about their PhD programs and publishing. The documents were shared using a Dropbox folder. Thus, every student was able to prepare the topics of the other participants and, at least, to prepare questions for two other assigned research projects.

During the Workshop at THE KLU (Kühne Logistics University) in Hamburg, the moderators Prof. Dr. Manfred Gronalt (Institute of Production and Logistics, University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna, Austria), Prof. Mohamed Naim (Cardiff Business School, Cardiff, UK), Prof. Dr. Sandra Transchel (Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany) and the chairman moderated four sessions where the students presented and discussed their work. The moderators also presented their current research projects and discussed them with the students.

At the last day of the workshop the invited speaker Prof. Eric Ballot (Centre de Gestion Scientifique, Mines ParisTech, Paris, France) inspired the students with his presentation on “Research avenues and challenges opened in logistics by new trends in information technologies”. Visiting the Hamburg Harbor using the Kühne & Nagel barge was another highlight and a great chance for networking.

The workshop concluded with a gala dinner, Prof. Hans-Christian Pfohl, Prof. Rod Franklin (Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany) and Mr. Martin Willhaus (Kühne-Foundation, Schindellegi, Switzerland) used to encourage the students strongly for the further development of logistics as a substantial field for the future. Finally, Prof. Hans-Christian Pfohl handed over the workshop certificates and Dr. Pietro Evangelista honored Tim Lamballais (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands) for the best workshop presentation.

The 19th ELA Doctorate Workshop in Hamburg is sponsored by:

18th ELA Doctorate Workshop 2013, June 26th – June 29th in Schindellegi (CH)

ELA 18th Doctorate Workshop
Participants at the ELA Doctorate Workshop 2013, 26th June – 29th June in Schindellegi (CH)

The Call for Papers was sent out by Prof. Hans-Christian Pfohl to the members of the ELA-Research Committee with the request to forward it to professors within the local logistics research communities on 13th December 2012. The candidates were required to submit a three-page paper, with a recommendation letter from their supervisors. The ELA-Research Committee together with the chairman of the workshops selected 20 students out of the applicants on 16th April 2013. The selected students were asked to submit an extended paper by the end of May 2013, so that moderators and students can better comment on the work. A Dropbox folder was created to share informations/documents with participants. The allocation of the moderators and students over papers was finalized on 30th May 2013. All 20 students were successfully attending the workshop from 26th June to 29th June 2013. Prof. Dongping SOng (Plymouth University) was the chairman of the workshop. Professors Patrick Beullens (University of Southhampton), Christoph Bode (University Tillburg) and Pietro Evangelista (University of Naples) acted as moderators. Prof. Michael Bourlakis (Brunnel University) held a keynote speech on „Contemporary Research Challenges in Logistics & Supply Chain Management: Insights from Empirical Work“. Prof. Hans-Christian Pfohl (Technische Universität Darmstadt) in his function as the chairman of the ELA-Research Committee handed over the workshop certificates. Before closing dinner the workshop participants visited the monestary Einsiedeln with Mr. Martin Willhaus, who supported the workshop through all the days with high commitment, as a very experienced guide.

All the feedback that i recieved regarded that the workshop was rewarding and many would like to come back again. The students enjoyed the atmosphere and the hospitality of the Kuehe Foundation has been highly appreciated! One suggestions is that students would like to have written feedbacks from the moderators and other allocted students on their papers. Below you will find the anonymous feedback from students.

  • The accommodation and the organized programs were great and very entertaining. I found the format of the presentations (15 minutes presentations + 15 minutes discussion) great. I was fond of that really valuable conversations developed throughout the workshop and there was much room for socializing and giving/receiving feedback. Also, moderators feedback and presentations were very interesting to me.
  • I really liked that the program was designed in such a way (long coffee breaks as well as free time in the evening of the first day) that you were given the opportunity to network as well as discuss you research with other PhD students. I also very much enjoyed the evening activities on the last day.
  • The workshop was great with a variety of subjects from PhD students all around Europe. The Moderators were great, friendly and cooperative. The hotel was amazing.
  • I think a lot of things were good. In fact the organization was perfect, everything was planned into details. It was really a very good job done by the foundation and you.
  • I have been very glad to meet 25 logistics PhD and researchers, all very motivated, passionnate and keen on sharing advices, insights.The accommodation was more than satisficing.The rhythm of presentations, while too short to get into one's subject, was long enough to present the main lines of our research, and short enough to avoid people from taking the whole 30 minutes slot to talk, which, in some cases, would be very tiring for the audience, especially if, afterwards, we have no time left to ask questions.
  • A very positive atmosphere and genuine interest in each others work, which lead to useful constructive feedback – also to those contributions that were still in a very early phase.

The 18th ELA Doctorate Workshop in Schindellegi is sponsored by:

17th ELA Doctorate Workshop 2012, June 27th – June 29th in Schindellegi (CH)

Participants at the ELA Doctorate Workshop 2012, June 27th – June 29th in Schindellegi (CH)
Participants at the ELA Doctorate Workshop 2012, June 27th – June 29th in Schindellegi (CH)

The call for papers was sent out to the ELA committee members with the request to forward it to professors within the local logistics research communities. The candidates submitted a paper, and the professors sent a recommendation letter. In the end, the program committee selected 20 students from all over Europe. The selected students were asked to submit an extended abstract, a CV and photo. These were used to produce a book of abstracts, and a book with photos and CVs. Also, the CVs and photos of the moderators and guest speakers were produced. Because of three last-minute cancellations 17 students attended the workshop.

Prof. Rob Zuidwijk (Erasmus University Rotterdam) was the chairman. Professors Maria Huge-Brodin (Linköping University), Roberto Pinto (University of Bergamo), Prof. Dongping Song (Plymouth University) acted as moderators and Prof. Gyula Vastag (University of Pannonia Veszprém) had a keynote speech on „Global Surveys: Promises and Pitfalls“. Prof. Alan McKinnon (Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and Kühne Logistics University) was the dinner speaker at the closing gala-dinner. Prof. Hans-Christian Pfohl (TU Darmstadt) in his function as the chairman oft he ELA-Research Committee handed over the workshop certificates. Before the closing dinner the workshop participants visited the monastery Einsiedeln with Mr. Willhaus from the Kuehne Foundation as a very experienced guide.

Below you will find a short selection of feedback from the moderators and PhD students.

  • The majority of presentations are in high quality, above many international conference presentations. The involvement of multiple PhD students in discussions is very good. There were plenty opportunities for students and moderators to exchange ideas. The mix of many countries, many nationalities, different stages of PhD study, different research methodologies is another good point.
  • Moderators/faculty were very helpful. Moderators/faculty were experts in different areas of logistics which helped us to get better overall feedback. The chosen group of students came from different areas within logistics and this exposed me to new and exciting streams of latest research in logistics. The workshop gave appropriate feedback to each of the students individually. Working environment was very friendly and productive.
  • It was good to meet PhD students from all over Europe! The discussions about each paper. It was very good to have both seniors and PhD students as discussants.

16th ELA Doctorate Workshop 2011, June 29th – July 2nd 2011 in Schindellegi (CH)

ELA's 16th annual doctoral workshop took place on June 29th- July 2nd 2011, in Schindellegi, Switzerland. It was sponsored by the Kuhne Foundation and hosted in the Kuhne + Nagel’s facilities.

Nineteen PhD students from Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the U.K. were selected and participated in this year’s workshop. Prof. PatrikJonsson was the chairman. Professors Rob Zuidwijk, Chee Wong and WłodzimerzRydzkowski participated as moderators and prof. Nathalie Fabbe-Coste had a keynote speech on ‘methodological considerations in logistics research’. Dr. Rod Franklin was dinner speaker of the Thursday evening gala-dinner at Restaurant Luegeten. Prof. Hans Christian Pfohl, Chairman of the ELA Research & Development Committee, had aclosing speech and handed over the workshop certificates during social event on Friday afternoon. The managing director of Kuhne Foundation, Martin Willhaus, was a very appreciated host who participated during the entire workshop.

All PhD students presented work-in-progress papers and opposed on other students’ papers. A wide spread of logistics topics were presented and discussed. Some common topics were sustainable supply chains, supply chain integration, supply chain relationships and risks, and warehousing. There was also a wide spread of methodological approaches. There were studies based on single and multiple case studies, survey studies, modeling, simulation and optimization. In addition to presenting and discussing the PhD students’ own work, there were break-out sessions and discussions about similarities and differences between PhD programmes in Europe, and about publishing in logistics journals. There were also invited speeches about research methodologies and research relevance. An important aim of this event is to let PhD students meet with students from other European logistics environments and to meet and discuss with some professors in the field. It is consequently to network and have fun.

The 17thELA-Doctorate Workshop will be sponsored again by the Kuehne-Foundation. It will be organized at Schindellegi (CH) June 27th – June 29th 2012.

Some words from the participants of the previous workshop:

“The location and accommodation were excellent, Kuhne and Nagel, particularly Martin Willhaus was an excellent host. We were all made to feel very special and it was fantastic when Mr. Willhaus took us to that beautiful restaurant overlooking Lake Zurich. The feedback from the European professors moderating the conference was great and illuminating for all students presenting. I found the conference gave me a lot of ideas on how I will shape my research and it has really motivated me. The conference was well organised with good planning and execution. The conference had a really good selection of students with different research topics. I also really liked the guest speaker Prof Nathalie, she did a really good presentation which I found invaluable” (Sarah Shaw, Heriot-Watt University)

“I think this is a very cozy workshop. Not too many participants, but covered quite a broad and comprehensive research area in the supply chain field. Sometimes when we focus on our own research and meet people from the same discipline, our view can be quite narrowed. In this workshop, I got to know other types of research, different research approaches, etc. all with the same domain of supply chain.”(Xiaoyun Bing (University of Wagenigen)

“The conference provided us a chance to practice criticism, see what other PhD students are doing and present our work in a relaxing and friendly environment.”(SuntichaiKotcharin University of Manchester)

“The Kühne foundation was a a very generous host, and especially Martin Willhaus took great care of us.” (UniMartinsen, Linköping University)

“The presentations and discussions were energised and the direction given was extremely useful. The entertainment was nicely balanced, and the professors engaging.”(Philip Greening, University of Cranfield)

“I did really enjoy ELA. It was a great platform for new researchers to get to know each other across Europe. I made friends afterward. Secondly, the size of the group was really good.”(Linda Xu, University of Plymouth)

“Networking with so many students from various countries and universities was truly a great experience.”(Rui Wang, Technical University of Munich)

The 16th ELA Doctorate Workshop in Schindellegi is sponsored by:

15th ELA Doctorate Workshop 2010, June 29th –18th/19th 2010 in Saint Nazaire, France

The ELA doctoral workshop took place in the PASCA Centre (Centre of Purchasing And Supply Chain Atlantic) in mid-June. Enjoying the western climate, professors and students spent two days in sesssions presenting papers and discussing research and methodology.

For the 15th year, students from laboratories across Europe submitted abstracts of their theses (subject, research, directions, methodology). The ELA coommittee met in March to select the 18 best papers.

During two full days, 18 students presented their work: more than a simple presentation, the ELA doctorate workshop is one of the important opportunities to progress on a thesis. Each participant can exchange with other students who work on similar subjects. PhDs from prestigious universities can also encourage and redirect the project:

-up date on the information, articles, etc

-questions to clarify some aspects

-new directions for futurre esearch

-alternative methodologies

Moderators

Dr Allan Woodburn -University of Westminster, United Kingdom
Prof Dirk Cattryss -K.U. Leuven, Belgium
Prof Fabrizio Dallari -Università Carlo Cattaneo LIUC, Italy
Prof Patrik Jonsson – Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
Prof Thierry Sauvage – Audencia Nantes School of
Management and CRET-LOG, France
Prof Pierre Dejax – Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France

Speakers

Prof Hans-Christian Pfohl – Darmstadt University, Germany

Prof Jacob Wijngaard – University of Groningen, Netherlands

Students
ALSABT Abdulmonem – University of Hull, United Kingdom
BIERBOOMS Remco – Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
BJELIC Nenad – University of Belgrade, Serbia
BOSCHIAN Valentina – Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy
COLICCHIA Claudia – Carlo Cattaneo University LIUC, Italy
DUBEDOUT Hugues – Ecole des Mines de Nantes, France
ENKE Anja – Berlin University of Technology, Germany GEVAERS Roel – University of Antwerp, Belgium
KARAMPERIDIS Stavros – Newcastle University, United Kingdom
KELLNER Florian – University of Regensburg, Germany
KUDLA Nicole – University of St Gallen, Switzerland
PAN Shenle – ENSMP Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, France
RIJPKEMA Willem -Wageningen University, Netherlands
STOCKENBERGER Dominik – Technische Universität München, Germany
TISO Annamaria DVT -Politecnico di Bari, Italy
TRAN Minh Hoang – Audencia Nantes School of Management, France
VEGA Diego – Unversité Aix-Marseille II, CRET-LOG, France
ZIEGLER Hans-Peter – Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Germany

The 15th ELA Doctorate Workshop in Staint Nazaire is sponsored by:

14th ELA Doctorate Workshop, June 24th –27th 2009 in Saint Nazaire, France

As in previous years, students studying for a doctorate in logistics met with European logistics professors in Nantes-Saint Nazaire, France. More than 25 papers have been presented and discussed.

Wednesday 24th June 2009

19:30 Kick-off Meeting and Dinner

Introduction to the Workshop, Presentation of the agenda, Anthony Beresford, ELA Doctorate Workshop Organiser

Thursday 25th June 2009

8.30 Case Discussion in three parallel working sessions groups of six with Moderator
10:00 Discussion of results of working sessions – 20 minutes per group presentation
10:45 Coffee break

11.00 Session 1:
11.00: Mihaela Turtoi
11.30: Konstantin Gerbert
12.00: Reinder Pieters

12:30 Lunch
13:30 A session with Dr. Andrew Palmer, Cranfield University “The use of modelling in PhD research”
14:30 Coffee break

14:45 Session 2:
14.45: Andreas Busch
15.15: Laetitia Dari
15.45: Elodie Kacioui-Maurin
16:15 Coffee break

Session 3:
16:30: Yina Chai
17:00: Luai Jraisat
17.30: Xin Shen
19:30 Dinner

Friday 26th June 2009

8:30 Session 4:
8.30: Angela Tumino
9.00: Andreas Glas
10:00 Coffee break

10:15 Session 5:
10:15: Alicja Nerc-Pelka
10:45: Gali Sherman
11:15: Luca Urciuoli
12:00 Lunch

13:00 Session 6:
13.00: Elena Legnani
13.30: Christian Schwede
14.00: Heike Wrobel A Collaborative model for after sales service chains

14:45 Session 7:
14.45: Hurbert Virtos
15.15: Ira Haavisto
15.45: Joos Van Den Bergh
16:15 – 17:00 Workshop Closure

19:15 Evening Dinner and Certificate Award, Hans Christian Pfohl, Member of the ELA Board, Chairman of the ELA Research & Development Committee

 

Report of the 13th ELA-Doctorate Workshop in Grainau, June 25-27.

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On Wednesday, the workshop started with a short Who-is-Who introduction followed by a joint dinner. After the dinner, Martin Willhaus gave a short presentation to introduce this year’s sponsor, the Kühne-Stiftung. Later, the opportunity for a public soccer viewing was offered by the Jungbauernschule.

Thursday morning, Martin Schneyder from the Jungbauernschule gave a welcome address to the participants. The scientific program started with the “Research proposal competition” used in previous workshops as a warm-up and team building exercise. The task for the students was

“Assume that you can apply for a 1 million euro grant to carry out a research project concerned with logistics. Please formulate a proposal for the research study. The proposal must take into account behavioural, structural (intra and the inter-organisational) and technological aspects as well as identifying consequences for public policy makers, business and the scientific community.”

The topics chosen by the three groups were:

  • Commuter Service for the City of Hamburg
  • Green-Logistics – The impact of Consumer Behavior
  • Green City Logistics

On Thursday, 7 student-presentations and the Simulation tutorial by Alexander Verbraeck were delivered. Only the first scheduled presentation by Alexander Bode had to be cancelled because of last minute sickness. The format to have a tutorial on one of the core research methodologies in Logistics Research was well appreciated by the students and should be maintained in the future. Thursday evening, the Jungbauernschule offered the dinner as a barbeque which was excellent.

On Friday, 11 student-presentations were given. After the lunch-break, the participants were offered a guided walking tour in Grainau by Martin Schneyder. The evening dinner took place in the Restaurant Höhenrain in Grainau. The Chairman of the ELA Research and Development Committee, Hans Christian Pfohl handed out the participation certificates. The format to have a joint dinner and certificate award at Friday evening with the purpose to minimize the number of early departures has been quite successful as only one student left prior to the dinner and the majority of the students stayed until Saturday.

The overall quality of the student-presentations was as expected from the proposals. In hindsight, two of the weaker proposals should not have been accepted. The cooperation with the Jungbauernschule was excellent.

 

12th ELA Doctorate Workshop

Participants of the ELA Doctorate Workshop 2007
Participants of the ELA Doctorate Workshop 2007

ELA Annual Doctorate Workshop (2007

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The Twelfth Annual ELA Doctorate Workshop took place between Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th of June 2007 in Jungbauernschule at Grainau in Germany. This is an excellent location, very close to Germany’s highest mountain and to the border with Austria. It was the second time that the event was held at this location and the main sponsor was again DHL solutions.

The selection of PhD students was decided during a meeting of the ELA Research & Development Committee. The Committee members assessed the research proposals submitted in a form of a 3-page abstract. Four academics with a research interest in logistics and supply chain acted as moderators during the event. The event was chaired and organised by Dr Michael Bourlakis (Brunel University Business School, UK) and the other three moderators were Prof. Dr. Michael Essig (Bundeswehr University, Germany), Dr. Tom Van Woensel (Technische Universiteit, Netherlands) and Dr Allan Woodburn (Westminster University, UK).

At the beginning of the Workshop on Wednesday afternoon, a welcome introduction and reception was organised that was supported financially by Taylor & Francis Publishers. The students, who were representing eleven different countries (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, UK) had the chance to get to know each other and to meet the moderators.

On Thursday morning, students formed groups with the aim of working on a research funding proposal in relation to European logistics. They considered a range of aspects and their impact on European public policy makers, businesses, scientist and other stakeholders. Moderators commented on these proposals and provided constructive feedback whilst the rest of the day was allocated for students’ presentations.

In total, eighteen students made presentations during the Workshop analysing a diverse range of topics on logistics and supply chain management issues such as, inter alia, humanitarian supply chains, packaging and logistics, maritime logistics, operational analysis of product deliveries and intermodal transportation. These presentations were chaired by the moderators who also provided relevant feedback at the end.

At the Workshop, we were also delighted to receive a keynote address by Prof. Dr. Hans-Christian Pfohl, the Chairman of the ELA Research and Development Committee, who welcomed the students and analysed contemporary issues in European logistics. During another session, Prof. Dr. Jan Dul (RSM Erasmus University, The Netherlands) shed extra light on the Case Study Methodology.

The next ELA Doctorate Workshop will run in 2008 and will allow again PhD students to meet to discuss logistics issues from various European universities.

Dr Michael Bourlakis

Brunel University Business School

11th ELA Doctorate Workshop, June 28th-30th 2006

The 11th Annual ELA Doctorate Workshop was held from Wednesday-Friday, 28-30 June 2006 in the heart of the Bavarian Alps near the Zugspitze, Germany`s highest mountain at almost 3,000 meters (10,000 feet). The ELA Research and Development Committee selected eighteen PhD students from the many applications received from across Europe to meet, present and discuss their research at the Jungbauernschule (Young Farmer´s School) Seminarhaus in Grainau, Germany. The event held for the first time at this beautiful venue in sunny and hot weather and was sponsored by a generous donation from DHL.

Students were selected based on a three-page abstract of their research proposal and four logistics and supply chain academics were on-hand to moderate presentations and discussions. Dr David Grant (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK) organised and chaired the Workshop and was assisted by Prof Mats Abrahamsson (Linköping University, Sweden), Dr Michael Bourlakis (University of Newcastle, UK) and Prof Dr Stefan Minner (University of Mannheim, Germany).

The workshop began with a welcome introduction and reception provided by a donation from Taylor & Francis Publishers, who also supplied copies of the International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications(IJLRA) to encourage the students to consider writing for publication even at the doctoral student stage. Mr. Martin Schneyder of the Seminarhaus introduced the facility and also led a half-hour walking tour of Grainau and surroundings during the Thursday lunch break.

The first task on Thursday morning was for the students to undertake a group project and report back to plenary on their findings. The groups had to develop a research funding proposal for a topic of their choice on European logistics taking into account behavioural, structural and technological aspects and identifying impacts on public policy, business and the scientific community. One group proposed to examine outsourcing trends and their impact on European logistics and infrastructure in the context of Asia versus Eastern Europe manufacturers.Another group wanted to investigate European competitiveness in the new logistics world and the third group considered researching how should investment be directed towards alternative urban transportation solutions for the year 2020.

Over the course of the next day and one-half nine students made twenty minute presentations of their research, developed from their abstracts, including such varied topics as heuristic methods for furniture distribution system planning, supply chain finance, functional spin-offs in logistics service markets, strategic distribution network design with concave cost functions, information sharing in transportation networks, and the effectiveness of UK fast-moving consumer goods supply chains. Fifteen minute question and feedback sessions were provided for each student and were moderated by one of the three assistant moderators.

The nine other students displayed A2 size posters of their research and for the first time were allocated ten minutes to talk about their posters and research and ten minutes for questions and feedback during the Workshop. These sessions were moderated by Dr Grant, who also led a thirty minute discussion on publishing in academic journals drawing on his experience as an author and reviewer for IJLRA and using the journal´s style and reviewer´s guidelines. Poster topics included integrated production planning for sheetmetal production, performance approximation and design of pick-and-pass order picking systems, packaging suppliers as value creators in the supply chain, and agency relationships between organizations and supply chain managers.

Student feedback about the new venue and the amended Workshop format was positive. Comments from the students included “a workshop like this gives me strength to go back home and continue my research with good confidence”, “I made some good contacts and received valuable feedback on my project”, and “it was really nice to have the possibility to see what other PhD students are doing”. The last comment reinforces one of the aims of the Workshop to bring together students from all over Europe to meet and establish a collegial network. This year eleven European countries were represented at the Workshop: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

The students were also able to meet socially during the welcoming reception, the Thursday lunch time tour, the Thursday evening barbeque put on by the Seminarhaus, and the Friday breakfast where Prof Dr Hans ChistianPfohl, Chairman of the ELA Research and Development Committee gave a keynote address around the theme of competitive superiority in logistics and supply chain management. And, as is custom for the Workshop, several students and moderators remained in Grainau for the weekend to sightsee and climb the Zugspitze, even if only by cable car.

Also as is custom, papers selected for presentation will be published together with the poster presentations by ELA as Proceedings of the ELA Doctorate Workshop 2006 and will be available, along with those of previous Workshops, from the ELA secretaries in Brussels.