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18th CEMS Research Seminar 2021

Basic Information

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions the conference will take place online on January 21, 2021.

Call for Submissions

Continuing the history, we have the pleasure to invite herewith to the upcoming 18th CEMS research seminar on Supply Chain Management and Logistics. The seminar will again allow for a wide range of potential contributions to all the different facets of research projects encompassing operational, tactical as well as strategic topics within Logistics and Supply Chain Management (SCM).

The seminar is not restricted to specific approaches and research methods used may be quantitative modelling, quantitative empirical or as well of a more qualitative, conceptual nature.

Ideal submissions should, however, show a clear and well communicated research problem reflecting major trends currently evolving in scientific research and applied practice. Topics may relate - but are not limited - to the following research areas:

Configuration, mobilization, development of logistics networks and supply chains, and its functional areas e.g.:

  • Outsourcing and relationships
  • Governance and collaboration
  • Supply chain planning and execution
  • Procurement, production, distribution
  • Transportation
  • Warehousing, inventory management
  • Capacity aspects of SCM
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Information management
  • Digital supply chain
  • Reverse logistics and circular economy
  • Sustainability
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Smart logistics
  • Resilient supply chains
  • Data analysis in supply chain and logistics
  • Supply chains of the future

Please feel encouraged to present your research and get inspiration in plenary sessions with an open minded group of researchers, eager to discuss and to reflect your thoughts, concepts, or results from different viewpoints within SCM field. The seminar addresses in particular but not exclusively PhD students and junior researchers who take the opportunity to discuss their research, to ask open questions and to retrieve intense feedback from other PhD students, PostDocs and professors.

In order to reflect different stages of research progress we have decided to split the contributions into three main categories.

CAT 1:  This category refers especially to first year/junior PhD students who want to present and discuss first ideas of their early research. To apply for this category you have to submit a short abstract (one page of text incl. references max! – no figures and tables allowed).

CAT 2:  This category refers especially to advanced PhD students or junior/senior researchers who intend to present and discuss selected results of their work in progress or last year PhD students or junior/senior researchers who intend to present and discuss current, final results of their work. To apply for this category you have to submit either an extended abstract (up to five pages max! incl. figures, tables and references) or alternatively a full paper (up to 15 pages max! incl. figures, tables and references). (In case of acceptance we would ask for an additional abstract including references for the seminar reader.)

CAT 3:  The third category is especially for junior/senior researchers who want to discuss and provide specific insights into their concepts of teaching, research or publishing strategies. To contribute to this category we ask you to submit an overview presentation on methodological / conceptual input (up to 2 pages max!). (In case of acceptance we would ask for an additional abstract including references for the seminar reader).

All page limits are based on our template which can be found at the upper right of this page. This year all presentations are scheduled for 20 minutes including questions and feedback.

Submission / format template

Please post your categorized submission (CAT 1-3) by e-mail to mario.guajardoSpamProtectionnhh.no  and CC to cems-seminarSpamProtectionwiso.uni-koeln.de . Submissions should contain the title; a clear purpose of the paper; methodology; anticipated results or contributions to literature, industry or society. Please use our template and make sure to provide name of author(s), affiliation, mailing address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address, as well as the desired submission category. We ask you to pay attention to the maximum page limits for submissions according to the submission categories you are applying for.

Important Dates

  • October 16, 2020            Submission deadline
  • November 6, 2020          Notification (at the latest) on accepted submissions
  • January 7, 2021               Registration deadline
  • January 21, 2021             18th CEMS Research Seminar


You will be provided with further information regarding the registration process after your submission has been reviewed and accepted for the conference.


  • The agenda will be posted shortly after finishing the review process of the submissions.
  • Online seminar: please make sure that you have a stable internet connection throughout the seminar. All participants will receive the Zoom link beforehand.
  • We kindly ask you to turn on your camera during the seminar.
  • All presentations regardless of the category are scheduled for 20 minutes (including questions and feedback).

Conference Organization

The CEMS Conference on Supply Chain Management is an annual event organized by the Faculty Group (FG) Logistics of the CEMS. The organizing team for the upcoming conference in 2021 is represented by:

  • Prof. Mario Guajardo, Professor in Operations Research, NHH Norwegian School of Economics
  • Petr Kolář, Assistant Professor, University of Economics, Prague
  • Prof. René de Koster, Professor of Logistics and Operations Management, Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
  • AD Dr. Johannes Antweiler, Managing Director - SCM Area/SCM & Production, University of Cologne
  • Timo Kalmes, PhD student, University of Cologne
  • Marietta Rollmann, PhD student, University of Cologne
  • Dominik Walzner, PhD student, University Cologne

For questions related to the conference agenda and research topics do not hesitate to contact Mario Guajardo or Petr Kolar. For administrative matters, please contact cems-seminarSpamProtectionwiso.uni-koeln.de.