Master in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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.

 

 

Corporate network

LCL corporate network

 

Master thesis

 

Industry seminars

 

Company visits

 

Corporate network

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.

Adidas Group

Amazon

ArcelorMittal

ASML

Cargolux

Carlex glass

CFL Multimodal

Delphi Automotive Systems

Dupont

ExxonMobil

Vanuc

Ferrero

Goodyear

Google Cloud

IEE

Johnson & Johnson

Kühne + Nagel

Le Free Port

KPMG logo

Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology

Luxair

Maersk

NS Dutch Railways

Panalpina

Post Luxembourg

SES

Vodafone

Volvo

Arthur Welter

 

 

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

 

Customer profitability analysis in transportation networks

A freight carrier provides capital-intensive capacity which is to be filled by shipments. Perishable capacity availability, high capital costs and low marginal costs for adding a new shipment make the allocation of this constrained capacity an important lever of success. This project provides a holistic evaluation of customer profitability by combining logistics and game theoretical models.

 

Freight carrier customer profitability

 

Reduction of CO2 emissions in supply chain networks by optimisation

Transportation contributes around 27% of CO2 emissions in Europe. In an effort to reduce these emissions, this project optimises distribution of goods in a global supply chain while explicitly penalising the emission of CO2. Analysis shows that the carbon footprint of the supply chain can be reduced by 9% even when profitability is affected by less than 0.14%.

 

sustainable & profitable

 

Customer-support pricing model

Traditional customer-support models are being challenged by emerging innovations and new technologies. Yet, several industries still rely heavily on classic third party call centres. The project seeks to break the mold by developing contracts that incentivise the third party call centres to embrace innovation while promoting alternative solutions such as freelancing customer support.

 

How to optimise a call centre

Predictive model for truck availability

Considering the increasingly competitive nature of industries today, early knowledge on expected truck availability is crucial for companies to ensure delivery service level at a reasonable cost. The goal of the thesis was to develop a prediction model for transport price for the French market and to highlight the power of the approach. The knowledge on the identified features for sound predictions provides a competitive advantage to the sponsor company when integrated into the mid-term decision making.

 

Trucks on highway

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

If you are interested in sponsoring a project, please contact our team.

 

2. Industry Seminars

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

 

 

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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