Research & Practice

Fields of Rese­arch

Combining science, teaching and practical experiences.

As eco­no­mists with a back­ground in busi­ness admi­nis­tra­tion, our rese­arch objects are ine­vi­tably linked to com­pa­nies. In order to iden­tify those with high rele­vance from the many cur­rent topics, we coope­rate with com­pa­nies from various indus­tries and regu­larly exchange infor­ma­tion with their repre­sen­ta­tives. In addi­tion to genera­ting new rese­arch results with prac­tical app­li­ca­tions, we also try to pass on our fin­dings to our stu­dents within the frame­work of tea­ching. To this end, we actively inte­grate higher semes­ters into our rese­arch pro­jects through pro­ject stu­dies, semi­nars and Bachelor or Master theses. This trains ana­ly­tical thin­king and con­veys the advan­tages of a struc­tured approach, which is also useful in later pro­fes­sional life apart from rese­arch.


In order to under­line the rele­vance of our rese­arch and lec­ture con­tents and to apply them in prac­tice, we regu­larly offer expert lec­tures with our prac­tice part­ners.

Field Trips

We orga­nize field trips to our partner com­pa­nies in order to convey the con­tents of rese­arch and tea­ching in a clear way. Thus stu­dents can expe­ri­ence rese­arch directly.


Theses in com­pa­nies not only sup­port us in rese­arch, but also make it easy for you to start your career.

Research Projects

Long-term rese­arch coope­ra­tions with com­pa­nies pro­mote the exchange with dif­fe­rent com­pa­nies at the WFI. The exchange bet­ween uni­ver­sity and com­pa­nies not only leads to impro­ve­ments in industry, but also to high-ran­king publi­ca­tions in the sci­en­tific field.

Fields of Research

Here you will find some rese­arch pro­jects in dif­fe­rent indus­tries that our depart­ments are cur­r­ently working on.

Retail Operations

The gro­wing avai­la­bi­lity of data and the incre­a­sing demand for ope­ra­tions rese­arch models that can be app­lied in prac­tice is moti­vating an inten­sive rese­arch in various areas of retail. In par­ti­cular, pro­blems in the rese­arch fields of supply chain or supply net­work plan­ning, inven­tory manage­ment and assort­ment and shelf space plan­ning are inves­ti­gated. In addi­tion, there is a major focus on dis­tri­bu­tion plan­ning in retail, where logistics plan­ning in dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters, trans­port and in-store logistics are con­si­dered as inte­grated as pos­sible. We deal with opti­miz­a­tion models and decision-sup­por­ting con­cepts on a stra­tegic, tac­tical and ope­ra­tional level, in the sense of multi-channel and omni-channel also across chan­nels.

Health Care

coming soon…


Typical for the auto­mo­tive industry is a com­plex pro­duc­tion and logistics net­work that is con­ti­nuously adapted in a rapidly chan­ging industry. The resul­ting plan­ning pro­blems in turn form the basis for inde­pen­dent rese­arch fields. In rese­arch, we deal with the quan­ti­ta­tive ana­lysis of pro­duc­tion and logistics sys­tems in the form of simu­la­tions, opti­miz­a­tion models and data ana­lyses. The main focus is on site plan­ning, route plan­ning and pro­duc­tion sequence plan­ning. In addi­tion to coope­ra­tion pro­mo­tions with OEMs, many smaller pro­jects are imple­mented by our stu­dents as part of master’s theses.

Awards and Prizes

Of course, good rese­arch does not go unre­warded. Here you can find some high­lights from the last years.

Top position at the Logistics Masters

Every year, the trade journal “Ver­kehrs­Rund­schau” orga­nizes the lar­gest know­ledge com­pe­ti­tion for logistics stu­dents in Ger­many, in which the par­ti­ci­pants of the WFI regu­larly rank among the top ten logistics uni­ver­si­ties in Ger­many.
  • 1st place [2015]
  • 3rd place [2017]
  • to be con­ti­nued …

Award for Professors

Two pro­fes­sors of WFI Ingol­stadt School of Manage­ment at KU are among the best per­forming busi­ness eco­no­mists in the German-spea­king area in a recent ran­king of the maga­zine “Wirt­schafts­Woche”: Prof. Dr. Hein­rich Kuhn (Chair of Supply Chain Manage­ment and Ope­ra­tions) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Mähl­mann (Chair of Finance and Ban­king) are listed among the 250 “long-term stars of busi­ness admi­nis­tra­tion”.

The ran­king focuses on sci­en­tific excel­lence: on behalf of Wirt­schafts­Woche, the Eco­nomic Rese­arch Insti­tute of ETH Zurich and the Düs­sel­dorf Insti­tute for Com­pe­ti­tion Eco­no­mics examined the publi­ca­tion data of over 3000 rese­ar­chers. All publi­ca­tions in busi­ness manage­ment jour­nals during their sci­en­tific career were recorded. For the eva­lua­tion, the repu­ta­tion of these spe­cia­list media was weighted in a com­pli­cated pro­ce­dure based on the journal ran­king of the Ver­band der Hoch­schul­lehrer für Betriebs­wirt­schaft (VHB). Books were not included in the eva­lua­tion.

Research Award

Coming soon…

Best Paper Award

The paper “Patient-Bed Allo­ca­tion in Large Hos­pi­tals” by Fabian Schäfer, Manuel Walther and Alex­ander Hübner from the Chair of Supply Chain Manage­ment & Ope­ra­tions received the Young Scholar Best Paper Award at the third “Inter­na­tional Con­fe­rence on Health Care Sys­tems Engi­nee­ring” in Flo­rence (Italy).

Doc­toral stu­dent Fabian Schäfer con­vinced the Sci­en­tific Com­mittee of the inter­na­tional con­fe­rence with his lec­ture, which reco­gnized this work as the best and most pro­mi­sing rese­arch among the Young Scho­lars. The paper will be published in the Springer Pro­cee­dings in Mathe­ma­tics & Sta­tis­tics. In the rese­arch paper, which was deve­loped in coope­ra­tion with the Kli­nikum Ingol­stadt, a plan­ning pro­ce­dure for the allo­ca­tion of pati­ents to hos­pital beds is pre­sented.

Research cooperations with other universities

Good rese­arch does not end at uni­ver­sity or country bor­ders. Here you will find a selec­tion of our national and inter­na­tional part­ners.



Field of Research