Keynote Speaker


Prof. Arthur V. Hill

…is the John and Nancy Lindahl Professor in the Supply Chain and Operations Department in the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.  He is also the Academic Director of the Carlson Consulting Enterprise.  Until recently, he was the Associate Dean for MBA programs in the Carlson School and the Director for the Supply Chain & Operations Board of Advisors.  He has been awarded numerous teaching awards at the Carlson School and was recognized as an outstanding instructor in several national publications including Business Week.  He has been a visiting professor at Indiana University, the Moscow Institute of Management, IMD International in Lausanne Switzerland, Wits University in Johannesburg South Africa, the National University of Singapore, and Eastern International University in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam.  He has provided operations management consulting for over 100 organizations, including 3M, Best Buy, Boston Scientific, Cargill, Ceridian, CH Robinson, Cummins, Delta Airlines, Donaldson, Dow Chemical, Easter Seals/Goodwill, Ecolab, General Mills, Goodrich, Home Depot, Honeywell, Land O’Lakes, Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, Methodist Hospital, Nestlé, Radisson, Sam Goody, St. Jude Medical, Target, Thomson Reuters, Toro, and US Bank.  His Encyclopedia of Operations Management – 2018 Edition is a popular text at many business schools around the world.  He attended West Point for two years and then earned a BA in Mathematics from Indiana University and then an MS in Industrial Administration and a PhD in Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.  He is committed to helping organizations add more value to their customers, shareholders, and employees – and to helping Carlson School MBA students succeed in their education, career, and life.

On his BLMM plenary lecture, Prof. Hill will give a lecture titled:

 Forecasting the Forecastability Quotient for Inventory Management!

 This research develops and empirically tests a model to estimate the economic advantage of using a time phased order point system (TPOP) with time series forecasting over a simple reorder point system in an independent demand inventory management context. Empirical study of a large dataset of time series from a Fortune 100 firm found that the forecastability quotient (Q) in the holdout sample can be predicted with just three variables from the estimation sample.  Surprisingly, many highly touted time series metrics (e.g., coefficient of variation and approximate entropy) and forecast accuracy metrics (e.g., mean absolute percent error) were not good predictors of Q. 


Dr. Alexander Trautrims

…from Nottingham University Business School, Great Britain will give a lecture on Modern slavery in supply chains!

Dr. Trautrims leads the Unchained Supply project at the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab, a transdisciplinary research centre that works towards the eradication of modern slavery. The Global Slavery Index estimates that currently 40.3 million people across the world live in modern slavery, more than ever before in history. He will explain what modern slavery is, where it can be found in supply chains and why supply chain management is crucial to solving modern slavery.

He will introduce some of his current research on how supply chain design affects the occurrence of modern slavery and how modern slavery in supply chains can be prevented. His presentation will conclude with raising opportunities for supply chain scholars from all areas of the discipline to get involved in working towards slavery-free supply chains.

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Prof. dr. Herbert Kotzab

Professor and Chair of Logistics Management, University of Bremen, Germany

Prof. Kotzab received his PhD and a postdoctoral degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and prior to that, obtained a MBA in Marketing andManagement from the same institution. Prof. Kotzab lectures at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels in marketing, logistics and supply chain management.

Prior to his assignment in Bremen, Prof. Kotzab held a position as Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, Department of Operations Management. In 1998, Prof. Kotzab was Visiting Scholar at the Center for Transportation Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on supply chain management as a critical success factor for a firm’s performance, e-enabled supply chain management, service operations and consumer driven value networks. Prof. Kotzab published over over 300 publications in leading journals such as Journal of Business Logistics, The International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Industrial Marketing Management, European Journal of Operational Research, Production & Operations Management (POM), Supply Chain Management: An International Journal,  Electronic Markets, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Industrial Management and Data systems, chapters in books, conference proceedings and non-refereed journals.  

He has lectured and offered executive education programs in close cooperation with the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, INSEAD, European Business School, ETH Zurich, ESCCA Angers and the University of St. Gallen as well as provided logistics consulting services to a number of international companies and the Austrian Efficient Consumer Response Initiative. He has also been a frequent speaker and session chair at leading academic and practitioners conferences in the field.

Prof. Kotzab is a member of the scientific board of the German Logistics Association (BVL). He is also a member of the Editorial board of the Journal of Marketing Channels, the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management and since 2013 the editor-in-chief of Logistics Research.

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Prof.Dr. Stefan Seuring

Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. pol. habil. Stefan Seuring is full professor of supply chain management at the University of Kassel, Germany. Stefan is one of the globally leading authors on sustainable supply chain management, but also covers topics on supply chain strategy and the application of management accounting tools across supply chains. So far he successfully supervised 18 PhD students.

In 2016, Stefan Seuring was listed among the 27 globally most-influential researchers in logistics and supply chain management by a panel of French Researchers.

Stefan has collaborated interdisciplinary in research project with colleagues from agriculture, engineering and political sciences..

His papers have appeared e.g. in Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Production Economics, Supply Chain Management – An International Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of Operations and Production Management.

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Prof. Dr. Alexander Hübner is Professor of operations management at Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany. Prof.  Hübner’s research and teaching interests are in supply chain planning, multi-channel logistics, assortment and inventory management, network planning and stock replenishment, service and health chuebnerare operations.

He has published articles in leading operational and retailing journals, including European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, Operations Management Research and Omega.

His book Retail category management: Decision support systems for assortment, shelf space, inventory and price planning, published by Springer is leading title in the field of retail shelf space management.

Priror to receiving his doctorate, he worked for McKinsey & Company, and has consulting experience for Audi AG.

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