4932 Course V Seminar E - Supply Chain Management in International Context
Dhanavanth Reddy Maditati, MSc (WU),B.Tech, Dipl.-Vw.Dr. Hans-Joachim Schramm
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/20/19 to 02/20/19
Anmeldung in der ersten Einheit
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Wednesday 02/20/19 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM TC.2.01
Monday 03/04/19 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM D2.0.330
Monday 04/01/19 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM D2.0.330
Friday 06/21/19 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM TC.4.28
Main subjects of seminars and topics to work on as well as dates of meetings of respective seminars are announced on the ITL homepage ( The general theme is about international supply chain management. In order to provide actual subjects, topics to work on will be announced during the seminar registration.   
Learning outcomes
After successful completion of this course, students should be able:
  • to assess, define, structure and solve stepwise a research problem from the field of transport and logistics.
  • to prepare, present and discuss a research proposal, including outline and research design.
  • to identify, judge qualitatively and balance suitable sources for a research problem. 
  • to choose a suitable research and analysis method for his/her concrete research problem and apply it correct mostly autonomous. 
  • to end in an solution of the research problem, wrap up results accordingly and interpret them technically correct and conclusive.
  • to write, present and defend a self-contained scientific research work.

In addition to this, this seminar allows to develop the following students abilities:

  • social competence, communication with other students (or within a working group) and the lecturer.
  • choice and application of methods based on knowledge acquired in basic courses.  
  • presentation of research outlines, structures and results in front of a professional audience.
  • self-organization, time management and goal-oriented planning of time schedules.
Attendance requirements

Attendance during the scheduled sessions is mandatory.

Teaching/learning method(s)

At the beginning of the semester, a kick-off meeting takes place in which lecturers raise actual questions relevant for practice or scientific community which serve as a starting point for seminar papers and Bachelor Theses. Different subjects are announced to work on and are allocated to the students. In addition, basic relevant literature to be prepared for the second meeting is given. Further, students have to write a research proposal for the second meeting which they should indicate outline and methodology of their seminar paper or Bachelor Thesis in prospect. Further information about research proposal content and outline are provided at

In the second meeting, topics of the first meeting as well as basic relevant literature are subject to an intermediate test of 30 minutes duration. Afterwards research proposals for seminar papers and Bachelor Theses have to be presented. Research proposals must be submitted (after revision if needed).

Students who write a seminar paper have to present the results of their work at the final meeting. The final seminar paper has to be delivered before the presentation.

Students who write a Bachelor Thesis present a work-in-progress status of their Bachelor Thesis. Ideally their work is finished by one third, i.e. the outline of their work is fixed, problem formulation and research questions are stated. Further, the initial positions as well as the aim of their work and methodology are concluded. In addition to this, first results can be presented.

Final submissions of Bachelor Theses have to take place one semester after attending the seminar at the latest. Deadline is the last day of the semester, lecture-free period included.


Basis of judgement for the seminar differs between students writing a seminar paper or a Bachelor Thesis.

Judgement for students writing a Bachelor Thesis are as follows:

  • 10% on verbal collaboration during all dates
  • 15% on written research proposal and presentation
  • 50% on work-in-progress status (positive judgement mandatory)
  • 10% on presentation of work-in-progress Bachelor Thesis
  • 15% on written peer review
  • The final Bachelor Thesis is judged separately.

Judgement for the students writing a seminar paper are as follows:

  • 10% on verbal collaboration during all dates
  • 15% on written research proposal and presentation
  • 50% on final seminar paper (positive judgement mandatory)
  • 15% on written peer review
  • 10% on presentation of final seminar paper.
1 Author: Kotzab, H., Seuring, S., Müller, M., & Reiner, G. (Eds.)
Title: Research methodologies in supply chain management

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Year: 2005
Recommendation: Strongly recommended (but no absolute necessity for purchase)
Type: Book
2 Author: Saunders, M.L. and Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A.
Title: Research methods for business students

Publisher: Pearson Education Ltd
Edition: 5th. ed.
Year: 2009
Recommendation: Strongly recommended (but no absolute necessity for purchase)
Type: Book
3 Author: Christian F. Durach, Joakim Kembro & Andreas Wieland
Title: A new paradigm for systematic literature reviews in supply chain management,

Publisher: Journal of Supply Chain Management, Vol. 53(4)
Year: 2017
Recommendation: Strongly recommended (but no absolute necessity for purchase)
Type: Journal
4 Author: Hochrein, S., Glock, C. H., Bogaschewsky, R., & Heider, M
Title: Literature reviews in supply chain management: a tertiary study

Publisher: Management Review Quarterly, 65(4)
Remarks: doi:10.​1007/​s11301-015-0113-4
Year: 2015
Recommendation: Strongly recommended (but no absolute necessity for purchase)
Type: Journal
Availability of lecturer(s)

Your instructors are generally available via email (;  as well as before and after each lecture.

Individual office hours are held if needed. Please contact your supervisor via email or phone to schedule a meeting.

Last edited: 2018-10-09