PhD students working in the project team present their dissertation projects
Laura Berger, TU Dortmund University
Elina Karttunen, Lappeenranta University of Technology
In this doctoral research I concentrate on technological dependencies between components, and how these dependencies influence on firms relationships such as vertical integration needs and mergers and acquisitions. Technological dependencies are characteristics of complex technological systems in which multiple actors provide components. Technological dependencies can be understood as chain of potential changes in the system: If one component is somehow changed, it may forge more components to change, which may trigger more changes in the system. However, components differ in a sense how much changes they trigger, and how much components must adapt to changes.
Heike Schulze, Mainz University of Applied Sciences
Ensuring sustainability in global value chains: Current and future buyer competences
Implementing sustainability into global supply networks remains a challenge for companies. Purchasing and Supply Management (PSM) is one of the functions that interacts most closely with supply network actors, thus influencing a substantial part of how the firm’s value creation is delivered. Whilst previous sustainable PSM (SPSM) research has shed light on how to manage sustainability on an organizational level, the individual competences PSM professionals require are much less understood.
Therefore, this research aims to examine and define knowledge and competences for SPSM. Goal is to develop a SPSM competence model for PSM professionals. The model will enable higher education institutions to integrate sustainability into PSM curricula. It also aims to support companies and organisations to develop a competence profile for SPSM for PSM professionals to enhance sustainability performance.
Klaas Stek, University of Twente