Prof. Dr. Mathias Klumpp | Production and Industrial Information Management

Personal Details

Prof. Dr. Klumpp studied business administration and economics at the University of Leipzig and the IECS Strasbourg (France) as well as education and higher education management at the Humboldt-University Berlin and the University of Kassel (INCHER).

He received his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Leipzig in 2007 with a thesis on information and risk management in universities under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Thomas Lenk (Public Finance) and with a research stay at the University of Sydney (Australia, Prof. Dr. Frank Stilwell).

From 2007 on he worked as a professor at the FOM University of Applied Sciences Essen, since 2009 leading the Institute for Logistics and Service Management.

Since 2011 he also leads the BMBF Research Group HELENA at the Institute for Production and Industrial Information Management at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Campus Essen.


Several teaching applications are connected to state-of-the-art research in the below mentioned research fields of Dr. Klumpp regarding Logistics Education, Sustainable Logistics, Dynamics in Logistics Systems, Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Logistics Management and Higher Education Efficiency Analysis.


The research focus of Prof. Dr. Klumpp is structured in five main areas:
(1)   Logistics Education: Structuring of logistics education and competences is necessary due to increasing competence requirements in the wake of technological (RFID, GPS) and organizational (CSR, flexibility and dynamics) changes in global supply chains – the research concepts of “Berufswertigkeit” and “Industry Qualifications Framework Logistics (IQF-L)” provide concepts addressing this challenge for logistics research and companies.
(2)   Sustainable Logistics: Development of supply chain management concepts linked to overall global and societal objectives of economic, ecological and social balance, for example the use of electric trucks in urban areas in order to reduce carbon and noise emissions.
(3)   Dynamics in Logistics Systems: The application of “real-time-information” (i.e. by GPS systems for tour planning and scheduling) into logistics systems increases the complexity but also the adaptability of supply chains to disruptions as well as market and corporate changes. The challenge lays in the design of integrated systems where information and software systems cooperate efficiently and effectively with well-trained logistics managers and employees on all levels.
(4)   Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Logistics Management: In the context of general corporate social responsibility schemes as well as the increasing global demand for disaster response capacities increasingly complex systems and concepts for humanitarian logistics are developed, using the technology implementation or competence angle in order to allow for faster response times and more efficient and effective operations in global disaster response.
(5)   Higher Education Efficiency Analysis: The methodology “Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA)” from Operations Research is used to calculate comparative and multi-dimensional efficiency measures for a broad range of German, European and international university benchmark groups.
Selected recent research projects have been:
  • Development of logistics education structures and measures (WiWeLo Project, EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr)
  • Analysis of changes and costs in logistics processes with the implementation of electric trucks in urban transport systems (E-Route).
  • Explorative analysis and education consequences of logistics trends until 2020 (LOGFOR).
  • Berufswertigkeit surveys 2007 and 2009 as well as 2012 in the logistics sector.
  • Higher Education Global Efficiency Analysis

Dr. Klumpp is member of several business and science associations such as BME, BVL, CHE, EAIR, GOR and VHB as well as selected member of the scientific committee for the “EffizienzCluster Logistik Ruhr” and the EU Commission ESCO Reference Group “Transportation and Storage”.

He has authored several scientific publications which appeared in refereed journals like Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management (JHLSCM), Zeitschrift für wirtschaftlichen Fabrikberieb (ZWF) and Hochschulmanagement (HM). He also was visiting researcher at the University of Lugano (Switzerland), Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (2013,, the Technical University of Istanbul (Turkey), Faculty of Management Engineering (2012) as well as the University of Twente (Netherlands), Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (2011-2012, He is conference chair for the 2014 EAIR Forum at the University of Duisburg-Essen (