The Graduate School of Logistics (GSofLog), an excellence feature of the Center of Excellence, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. While numerous events in the coming weeks unfortunately had to be cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus, the editorial series “The Ten” on the Internet currently offers plenty of reading material for researchers, doctoral candidates and company representatives. Under the motto “Practice Meets Science”, the latest articles deal with business models in the age of digitalisation.
Whether »10 challenges and opportunities in developing new business models« or »10 steps to business model development«: Dr. Laura Reder from the Supply Chain Development & Strategy department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML advises companies in the articles to constantly question their business model against the background of current developments and to look for new (digital) business opportunities. “This is the only way to expand or reinvent the business,” says Reder, who is also an innovation coach at Digital Hub Logistics. The scientist herself has developed an extended process model for business model development using Lean Startup. Minimum Viable Products (MVP) are used to test business model approaches.
The two topics are also part of the series “Practice meets Science – 10 Years, 10 Lectures – Digitization for Everyone” as part of the anniversary year of the Graduate School of Logistics. These will take place every second Tuesday of the month until the end of the year in Pavilion 10 of the TU Dortmund University. However, the lecture in April was initially cancelled due to the coronavirus.
Germany’s only purely third-party funded doctoral training can look back on a very successful decade: The GSofLog was founded in 2009 with eleven scholarship holders and two sponsors. Numerous sponsors have been added in recent years. In 2014, Prof. Dr. Michael Henke, holder of the Chair of Corporate Logistics at the TU Dortmund University and head of the institute at the Fraunhofer IML, became spokesman of the board. In 2015 the scholarship holders moved to the Logistics Campus of the TU Dortmund University. One year later the first PhD Summer School took place. In 2017, the GSofLog became a mark of excellence for the Center of Excellence Logistics and IT. It is also part of the Dortmund Digital Innovation Hub (DIH), which was voted the best DIH in Europe by the EU at the end of 2019. In addition, the Graduate School has a unique network of experts with various cooperations.
Interested parties can find all information in the specially created point anniversary year 2020 on the GSofLog website.