Master in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Corporate interaction 

Master thesis

Industry seminar series

Company visits

 

Corporate interaction

Besides being a major European and international financial centre, Luxembourg is home to numerous logistics firms, company subsidiaries and headquarters.

It has lead the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg  and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to found the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL). 

 

 

The LCL is a hub for research, innovation and education in the logistics sector.

 

The LCL trains the next generation of supply chain managers through Master, Doctoral and executive education programmes. The programmes address specific challenges of this emerging field with an interdisciplinary approach. They incorporate the legal, economic and financial frameworks of logistics and connect students to other departments of the University, for example in engineering and ICT.

The LCL forms part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Global Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) Network, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA.

The LCL works with a network of local and global partners. It brings together leading-edge academic research and the industry at the heart of Europe.The master students benefit from this very active corporate interaction.

The following companies typically collaborate with the LCL. This list is not exhaustive.

 

1. Master thesis

The culmination of the master in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) is a thesis project that starts at the beginning of the programme and runs throughout the whole programme.

This project is an opportunity to hone your skills in LSCM acquired throughout the programme and apply them to a real problem. Each project is executed by a small team of students (typically 2) in collaboration with an industry partner and guided by a faculty member.

Sponsor companies face opportunities that they wish to seize. This is where you come in: Your newly acquired knowledge in logistics and supply chain management can help the sponsor companies seize the opportunities presented to them and improve their supply chain operations. You will have regular meetings at the sponsor companies to discuss scoping, progress and results. These meetings expose you to corporate and business life in the region (and sometimes beyond) and build your professional network.

Master thesis projects can revolve around a wide variety of topics including

  • Redesign of operational processes and assessment of as-is operations
  • Creation of advanced forecasting modules with analytics and data science
  • Optimization of supply chain decisions such as inventory, routing and production

 

LSCM awarded team for master thesis at IAP 2018

Examples of recent master thesis topics

Efficient supply chain design for highly perishable foods

The researchers evaluated four candidate supply routes to move fresh foods from a Northeastern supplier to regional stores: (1) dedicated supplier-to-store, (2) supplier and distribution center co-located for consolidated shipping, (3) supplier to city cross-dock for van routing, and (4) distribution center to supplier for pickup en route to stores. Utilizing approximation methods, the researchers developed a light-weight model to enable rapid cost estimate for each candidate design, including the current route.

Prioritising inbound transportation

This research focused on prioritizing inbound transportation under carrier capacity constraints. We used the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to develop a prioritization framework to quantify priorities for inbound loads. AHP accommodated multiple decision criteria in support of decision-making in capacitated situations to improve service levels without incurring additional costs. We extended this research by running the loads through a Knapsack optimization model. This improved the total priority of loads shipped by up to 8.3 percent as compared to the current assignment.

Quantifying and visualising risk in the garment manufacturing supply chain

This project worked with a company in the garment industry to map risk in their supply chain for a few representative products. While previous studies have quanti ed and visualized risk in companies’ supply chains, our research sought to combine di erent categories of risk in order to give a more comprehensive picture of the risk at each supply chain node. We looked at disruption risks due to natural disasters, supplier bankruptcy, and political instability and equated the di erent risk values with annual probabilities of loss for each supply chain node. We were then able to calculate a value-at-risk at each node.

E-Commerce drop-shipping: building a CPG supply chain

Should a large CPG manufacturer fulfilll orders directly from its distribution centers to the customer on behalf of an online retailer? We consider how drop shipping would impact a manufacturer’s DC facility’s capacity and costs and model the shift of costs from the retailer to the manufacturer. We also consider the bene t of capturing lost sales by providing a higher ll rate than the e-commerce retailer. Drop shipping seems bene cial only if the captured lost sales signi cantly exceed the manufacturer’s cost to provide the service.

 

See full list of 2018 master thesis of the MIT SCALE students.

 

2. Industry Seminar series

On a regular basis, industry representatives will be invited to talk about their company’s logistics and supply chain management challenges and how they tackle those. This seminar series provides a great opportunity for students to interact with and learn from practitioners in this field.

Check the upcoming sessions

 

Example of a past session: Alternative concepts for city airports

 

 

3. Company visits

 

Throughout the academic year, visits to various companies will be conducted.

See company visit example

 

 

Interaction with the MIT as next major pillar of the programme 

 

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