Prof. Ulrich W. Thonemann, Ph.D.

Department of Supply Chain Management & Management Science



Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Gebäude: 101a
Raum: 225a
50923 Köln

+49 221 470-7935
+49 221 470 7950

Office hours: Monday 15:00-16:00 (by appointment via email requested)

Social Networks

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

Since 2015

University of Cologne Executive School, Cologne, Germany
Managing Director

Since 2010

University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Vice Dean External Relations

Since 2004

University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Full Professor and Director of Department of Supply Chain
Management & Management Science

2008 - 2009

University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Speaker of Business School

2000 - 2004

University of Münster, Münster, Germany
Full Professor and Director of Institute of Supply Chain Management

1998 - 2000

Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Assistant Professor

1995 - 1998

McKinsey & Company Inc., Cologne, Germany
Management Consultant

1994 - 1995

Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Acting Assistant Professor
Research on product design application of research results in
automotive industry

1993 - 1994

Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Teaching Assistant

1992 - 1994

Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Ph.D. in Production and Operations Management

1991 - 1992

Stanford University, Stanford, CA
M.S. in Production and Operations Management

1991

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Graduate studies in Computer Science

1990

University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA
Graduate studies in Operations Research

1989

University of Nottingham, Nottingham, Great Britain
Graduate studies in Economics

1987 - 1992

University of Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany
Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur (M.S.), a double major degree in
computer science and business administration

1986 - 1987

Siemens AG, Hannover, Germany
IT Service Manager

1984 - 1985

Military Service, Detmold, Germany

1981 - 1984

Siemens AG, Paderborn, Germany
Apprenticeship


Honors, Services & Awards

German Academy of Science – Full Member (since 2010)

Verein für Socialpolitik – Full Member (since 2008)

Production and Operations Management, Associate Editor (since 2006)

Operations Research Spectrum, Co-Editor (since 2004)

European Center of Information Systems – Director (since 2004)

DFG - German National Science Foundation – Design and Behavior (2011-2014)

McKinsey Award (2001)

Bosch Award (2000)

Terman Fellow (1999-2000)

Anderson Faculty Scholar (1998-2000)

Kleist Fellow (1993)

Outstanding academic achievements at Stanford University (1992)

Best student in the history of the major at Paderborn (1992)

 

                                     

Publications

Academic Publications

H. Olbert, M. Protopappa-Sieke, U.W. Thonemann, Analyzing the Effect of Express Orders on Supply Chain Costs and Delivery Times, Production and Operations Management, 2016, Accepted.

M. Becker-Peth, U.W. Thonemann, Reference Points in Revenue sharing contracts - How to design optimal supply chain contracts, European Journal of Operational Research, 2016, 249 (3), pp. 1033-1049, doi: 10.1016/j.ejor.2015.06.007

S. Jütte and U.W. Thonemann, A graph partitioning strategy for solving large-scale Crew scheduling Problems, OR Spectrum, 2015, Vol. 37 (1), pp. 137-170

R. Özsen, U.W. Thonemann, Determining Optimal Parameters for Expediting Policies, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 2014, INFORMS

K. Hoberg and U.W. Thonemann, Modeling and analyzing information delays in supply chains using transfer functions, International Journal of Production Economics, 2014, Vol. 156, pp. 132-145

M. Dettenbach and U.W. Thonemann, The value of real time yield information in multi-stage inventory systems – exact and heuristic approaches, European Journal of Operational Research, 2014, in press, available online, doi: 10.1016/j.ejor.2014.06.028.

M. Becker-Peth, E. Katok, and U. W. Thonemann, Designing Buyback Contracts for Irrational but Predictable NewsvendorsManagement Science, Vol. 59, No. 8, pp. 1800-1816, 2013; online-Appendix.

G. Bolton, A. Ockenfels, and U.W. Thonemann, Managers and Students as NewsvendorsManagement Science, 2012, Vol. 58, No. 12, pp. 2225-2233.

S. Jütte and U.W. Thonemann, Divide-and-Price: A Decomposition Algorithm for Solving Large Railway Crew Scheduling Problems, European Journal of Operational Research, 2012, Vol. 219, Issue 2, pp. 214-223.

K. Baumgartner, A. Fuetterer, and U.W. Thonemann, Supply Chain Design considering Economies of Scale and Transport Frequencies, European Journal of Operational Research, 2012, Vol. 218, Issue 3, pp. 789-800.

M.A. Sieke, R.W. Seifert, and U.W. Thonemann, Designing Service Level Contracts for Supply Chain Coordination, Production and Operations Management, 2012, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 698-714.

F. Papier and U.W. Thonemann, Capacity Rationing in Rental Systems with Two Customer Classes and Batch Arrivals, Omega, 2011, Vol. 39, Issue 1, pp. 73-85.

S. Jütte, M. Albers, U.W. Thonemann, and K. Haase, Optimizing Railway Crew Scheduling at DB Schenker, Interfaces, 2011, Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 109-122.

U. Merschmann and U.W. Thonemann, Supply Chain Flexibility, Uncertainty and Firm Performance: An empirical Analysis of German Manufacturing Firms, International Journal of Production Economics, 2011, Vol. 130, Issue 1, pp. 43–53.

K.T. Möllering and U.W. Thonemann, An Optimal Constant Level Rationing Policy under Service Level Constraints, OR Spectrum, 2010, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 319–341.

F. Papier and U.W. Thonemann, Capacity Rationing in Stochastic Rental Systems with Advance Demand Information, Operations Research, 2010, Vol.58, Issue 2, pp. 274-288.

K. Zhu and U.W. Thonemann, Coordination of Pricing and Inventory Control across Products, Naval Research Logistics, 2009, Vol. 56, Issue 2, pp. 175-190.

F. Papier and U.W. Thonemann, Queuing Models for Sizing and Structuring Rental Fleets, Transportation Science, 2008, Vol. 42, No. 3, pp. 302–317.

K.T. Möllering and U.W. Thonemann, An Optimal Critical Level Policy for Inventory Systems with Two Demand Classes, Naval Research Logistics, 2008, Vol. 55, Issue 7, pp. 632-642.

K.-H. Magnus, A.-M. Nienaber, G. Schewe, and U.W. Thonemann, Eine Überdosis an Kooperation vermeiden! Empirische Erkenntnisse zum Erfolg der Supply-Chain-Organisation, ZfbF, 2008, Vol. 60, pp. 241-276.

K. Hoberg, U.W. Thonemann, and J.R. Bradley, Analyzing the Effect of Inventory Policies on the Nonstationary Performance with Transfer Functions, IIE Transactions, 2007, Vol. 39, Issue 9, pp. 911-924.

F. Papier, R.W. Wolff, and U.W. Thonemann, On the convexity of loss probabilities when arrivals occur in batches and servers are heterogeneous, Operations Research Letters, 2007, Vol. 35, Issue 4, pp. 467-471.

A. Brinkhoff and U.W. Thonemann, Perfekte Projekte in der Lieferkette, Harvard Business Manager, 7/2007, pp. 6-9.

K. Hoberg, J.R. Bradley, U.W. Thonemann, Analyzing the effect of the inventory policy on order and inventory variability with linear control theory, European Journal of Operational Research, 2007, Vol. 176, No. 3, pp. 1620-1642.

R.W. Seifert, U.W. Thonemann, and M.A. Sieke, Relaxing Channel Separation - Integrating a Virtual Store into the Supply Chain via Transshipments, IIE Transactions, 2006, Vol. 38, Issue 11, pp. 917-931.

R.W. Seifert, U.W. Thonemann, M.A. Sieke, Integrating direct and indirect sales channels under decentralized decision-making, International Journal of Production Economics, 2006, Vol. 103, No. 1, pp. 209-229.

K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, U.W. Thonemann, and K.-H. Magnus, Volle Regale zu niedrigen Kosten, Harvard Business Manager, 10/2005, pp. 59-67.

K. Zhu and U.W. Thonemann, Modeling the Benefits of Sharing Future Demand Information, Operations Research, 2004, Vol. 52, No. 1, pp. 136-147.

K. Zhu and U.W. Thonemann, An Adaptive Forecasting Algorithm and Inventory Policy for Products with Short Life Cycles, Naval Research Logistics, 2004, Vol. 51, Issue 5, pp. 634-653.

P. Kleinau and U.W. Thonemann, Deriving Inventory-Control Policies with Genetic Programming, Operations Research Spectrum, 2004, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 521-546.

R.W. Seifert, U.W. Thonemann, and W.H. Hausman, Optimal Procurement Strategies for Online Spot Markets, European Journal of Operational Research, 2004, Vol. 152, Issue 3, pp. 781–799.

F. Best and U.W. Thonemann, Supply Chain Engineering, Supply Chain Management, II/2003, pp. 7-15.

K. Behrenbeck, J. Großpietsch, U.W. Thonemann, and J. Küpper, Wie Handel und Hersteller besser kooperieren, Harvard Business Manager, 9/2003, pp. 39-47.

K. Hoberg, U.W. Thonemann, and J.R. Bradley, Analyzing the Bullwhip Effect of Installation-Stock Policies with Linear Control Theory, Operations Research Proceedings, 2003, pp. 63-70.

P. Kleinau and U.W. Thonemann, Deriving Inventory-Control Policies with Genetic Programming, Operations Research Proceedings, 2003, pp. 87-94.

U.W. Thonemann, A.O. Brown, and W.H. Hausman, Easy Quantification of Improved Spare Parts Inventory Policies, Management Science, 2002, Vol. 48, No. 9, pp. 1213-1225.

U.W. Thonemann and J.R. Bradley, The Effect of Product Variety on Supply-Chain Performance, European Journal of Operational Research, 2002, Vol. 143, Issue 3, pp. 548-556.

U. W. Thonemann, Improving supply chain Performance by sharing advance demand Information, European Journal of Operational Research, 2002, Vol. 142, No. 1, pp.81-107.

U.W. Thonemann and M.L. Brandeau, Optimal Commonality in Component Design, Operations Research, 2000, Vol. 48, No. 1, pp. 1-19.

U.W. Thonemann, Variantenmanagement, Habilitationsschrift, Lehrstuhl für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, insbesondere Produktionswirtschaft, Universität Paderborn, 1999.

U.W. Thonemann and M.L. Brandeau, Optimal Storage Assignment Policies for Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems with Stochastic Demands, Management Science, 1998, Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 142-148.

U.W. Thonemann and M.L. Brandeau, Designing a Zoned Automated Guided Vehicle System with Multiple Vehicles and Multiple Load Capacity, Operations Research, 1997, Vol. 45, No. 6, pp. 857-873.

U.W. Thonemann and M.L. Brandeau, Designing a Single-Vehicle Automated Guided Vehicle System with Multiple Load Capacity, Transportation Science, 1996, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp. 351-363.

A. Bölte and U.W. Thonemann, Optimizing Simulated Annealing Schedules with Genetic Programming, European Journal of Operational Research, 1996, Vol. 92, Issue 2, pp. 402-416.

U.W. Thonemann, Finding Improved Annealing Schedules with Genetic Programming, Proceedings of the First IEEE Conference on Evolutionary Computation, 1994, Vol. 1, pp. 391-394.

U.W. Thonemann, Stochastic Models for Asynchronous Automated Material Handling Systems, Ph.D. Thesis, Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University, 1994.

Working Papers

K. Baumgartner and U.W. Thonemann, A Structured Sampling Technique for the Design of Realistic Stochastic Supply Chains, submitted to International Journal of Production Economics, Status: Major Revision

M. A. Sieke, U. W. Thonemann and M. Protopappa-Sieke (2013). Service level allocation contracts. Working paper.

T. Gully and U. W. Thonemann, On the Risk-Attitude of Informed Newsvendors, Working Paper

Books

U.W. Thonemann, Operations Management, 2010, 2nd Edition, Pearson Studium, München

U.W. Thonemann, K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, K.H. Magnus, J. Großpietsch, and M. Leopoldseder, How to Become a Supply Chain Champion – Hard Facts about Soft Factors, 2008, McKinsey & Company

U.W. Thonemann, K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, K.H. Magnus, J. Großpietsch, and M. Leopoldseder, Der Weg zum Supply-Chain-Champion – Harte Fakten zu Weichen Themen, 2007, MI-Wirtschaftsbuch, MI-Verlag, Landsberg

U.W. Thonemann, K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, and K.H. Magnus, Supply Chain Excellence im Handel – Trends, Erfolgsfaktoren und Best-Practice-Beispiele, 2005, Financial Times Deutschland/Gabler, Wiesbaden

U.W. Thonemann, K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, and K.H. Magnus, Supply Chain Excellence in Retail, McKinsey & Company

D. Adam, K. Backhaus, U.W. Thonemann, and M. Voeth, Allgemeine Betriebswirtschaftslehre – Koordination betrieblicher Entscheidungen, 3. Auflage, 2004, Springer, Berlin

U.W. Thonemann, K. Behrenbeck, R. Diederichs, J. Großpietsch, J. Küpper and M. Leopoldseder , Supply Chain Champions – Was sie tun und wie Sie einer werden, 2003, Financial Times Deutschland/Gabler, Wiesbaden

U.W. Thonemann, K. Behrenbeck, R. Diederichs, J. Großpietsch, J. Küpper and M. Leopoldseder , Supply Chain Champions – The Race for Service and Cost Leadership, McKinsey & Company

Other Publications

S. Jütte, M. Albers, and U.W. Thonemann, Lokführereinsatzplanung bei DB Schenker, OR News, 2011, Vol. 43, pp. 13-15.

G.E. Bolton, A. Ockenfels, U.W. Thonemann, Who is the Best at Making Decisions?, International Commerce Review, 2010, pp. 1-10

A. Brinkhoff, J. Großpietsch, and U.W. Thonemann, Für morgen lernen, Logistik Heute, 5/2008, pp. 42-44.

A. Brinkhoff, J. Großpietsch, and U.W. Thonemann, Mitarbeiter einbinden, Logistik Heute, 4/2008, pp. 30-32.

K. Behrenbeck, U. Merschmann, and U.W. Thonemann, Klare Ziele formulieren, Logistik Heute, 03/2008, pp. 35-37.

A. Brinkhoff, J. Großpietsch, and U.W. Thonemann, Alte Strukturen aufbrechen, Logistik Heute, 1-2/2008, pp. 36-38.

K. Behrenbeck, U. Merschmann, and U.W. Thonemann, Soft secrets of supply chain success, International Commerce Review, 10/2007, pp. 144-150.

J. Küpper, U. Merschmann, and U.W. Thonemann, Start mit schnellen Erfolgen, Logistik Heute, 12/2007, pp. 36-37.

K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, and U.W. Thonemann, Operation Lieferkette, Handelsjournal, 15.10.2007, p. 36.

K. Behrenbeck, U. Merschmann, and U.W. Thonemann, Weg zum Champion, Logistik Heute, 10/2007, pp. 58-60.

A. Brinkhoff and U.W. Thonemann, Projekte zur Optimierung der Lieferkette erfolgreich umsetzen, Logistik-Management, 10/2007, pp. 70-71.

K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, and U.W. Thonemann, Lücklose Kette, Der Handel, 10/2007, pp. 38-40.

A. Brinkhoff and U.W. Thonemann, Supply Chain Champions, CHEManager Europe, 9/2007, pp. 19.

U.W. Thonemann, Erfolg oder Misserfolg, Logistik Heute, 9/2007, pp. 44-46.

Ch. Lieth and U.W. Thonemann, Supply Chain Collaboration in der Chemieindustrie, Supply Chain Management, 1/2007, pp.55-57.

K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, K.H. Magnus, and U.W. Thonemann, Vorsicht vor Überdosis, Logistik Heute, 1/2006, pp. 48-50.

K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, K.H. Magnus, and U.W. Thonemann, Erfolg mit Lean Retailing, Lebensmittelzeitung, 16.12.2005.

K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, K.H. Magnus, and U.W. Thonemann, Ruder übernommen, Logistik Heute, 12/2005, pp. 46-48.

K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, K.H. Magnus, and U.W. Thonemann, Schlanke Abläufe, Logistik Heute, 11/2005, pp. 58-59.

K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, K.H. Magnus, and U.W. Thonemann, Volle Regale - niedrige Kosten, Die Welt, 14.10.2005.

K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, K.H. Magnus, and U.W. Thonemann, Viele Rezepte ohne Patent, Logistik Heute, 10/2005, pp. 54-57.

K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, K.H. Magnus, and U.W. Thonemann, Kleiner Chip - Große Hoffnung, Software in der Logistik, Logistik Praxis, 2005, pp. 50-54.

K. Behrenbeck, J. Küpper, K.H. Magnus, and U.W. Thonemann, Zwischen Euphorie und Skepsis - RFID kommt, der Handlungsdruck steigt: Welche Optionen besitzen Konsumgüterhersteller und Einzelhändler?, Logistik Heute, 12/2004, pp. 54-55.

J. Großpietsch, J. Küpper, and U.W. Thonemann, Produktion - Flexibilität als Schlüssel zur Kostenreduzierung, Logistik Heute, 3/2004, pp. 45-47.

K. Behrenbeck and U.W. Thonemann, Supply Chain Champions - Die Leistungsunterschiede bei den Logistikdienstleistern sind enorm, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 22.10.2003.

R. Diederichs, J. Großpietsch, and U.W. Thonemann, Kooperation - Wie sieht die Zusammenarbeit zwischen Hersteller und Handel momentan aus?, Logistik Heute, 10/2003, pp. 58-59.

K. Behrenbeck, J. Großpietsch, J. Küpper, and U.W. Thonemann, Supply Chain Champions, 9. Magdeburger Logistiktagung, Logistikplanung und -management, Magdeburg, November 2003.

J. Großpietsch, J. Küpper, and U.W. Thonemann, Wertvolle Wertschöpfung - Wie funktioniert erfolgreiches Supply Chain Management?, Logistik Heute, 9/2003, pp. 34-35.

J. Großpietsch, J. Küpper, and U.W. Thonemann, Konsumgüter-Supply-Chains: Nur 20 % effizient, Handelsblatt News am Abend, 9. Juli 2003, p. 10.

Ersatzteilmanagement - Drei Schritte zu mehr Kundenzufriedenheit, Logistik Heute, 7-8/2003, pp. 36-37.

J. Großpietsch, J. Küpper, and U.W. Thonemann, Der beste Service in der Lieferkette muss nicht teuer sein, Lebensmittelzeitung, 23. Mai 2003, p. 58.

K. Dehnen and U.W. Thonemann, Verlagerungstendenz bei Entwicklung und Fertigung, Beschaffung Aktuell, 2003, pp. 32-34.