Advanced Seminar Operations & Supply Chain Management (WIB22964): Logistics and Supply Chain Management

(Prof. Dr. Stefan Minner, Burakhan Sel; Kick-off meeting: Oct 17, 14:00-15:30, Room 0514)




Recent supply chain disruptions have shown the vulnerability of global supply chains and reinforce the importance of supply chain risk management using financial and operational instruments. In this advanced seminar, the topics to be presented by the participants will review academic literature on risk identification, measurement and proactive as well as reactive strategies to deal with supply chain risks and its consequences. Data-driven approaches and quantitative decision support including scenario approaches, stochastic programming and simulation will be utilized to support strategic and operational decisions on global supply chain design (locations, supply base, capacities, flexibility) and inventory allocation and transportation plans.

Reference: Sodhi, M.S., Tang, C.S. (2012), Managing Supply Chain Risk, Springer



Please note: The registration for the seminars of the TUM School of Management is now done via TUMonline, and no longer uses the seminar placement tool. 

*Prerequisite: One course in the field of Operations & Supply Chain Management and the MOS course.


Course description

Each course participant has the opportunity to select a specific research topic of his or her choice and interest, and then researches relevant literature on this topic in order to write a 15-20 pages seminar paper (that describes the problem and solution approaches).

In the kick-off meeting, we will outline the objectives of the seminar as well as expectations and deadlines. We also highlight what constitutes a good seminar paper, provide writing tips, and present possible topics (including introductory literature).

Each participant will be mentored and individually coached by an advisor of the ››› team.

The seminar paper is to be submitted and presented in January (please see details below).
Each participant will be assigned as a discussant to another presentation.


Learning objectives

The objective of the seminar is to equip the participants with the necessary skill and tools for a successful master thesis project (examples see ››› here).

Specifically, the aim is to

  • Read and understand recent research contributions
  • Pursue interesting research questions
  • Conduct a literature study and numerical study and/or implementation
  • Structure and organize research methods and results
  • Write a seminar paper
  • Present research findings and defend them in a discussion  


  • Seminar paper (including presentation and discussion): 100% 


Important dates

  • Kick-off meeting: October 17, 14:00-15:30, Room 0514
  • Submission of outline and table of contents: November 04, 2022
  • First results on research question: December 09, 2022
  • Submission of seminar paper (pdf-format) to until: January 20, 2023
  • Final presentations (30 min + 15 min discussion): January 26/27, 2023 (09:00-17:00), Room 0514



The kick-off presentation with all topics available can be downloaded soon.