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Prof. Bendul Keynote Speaker at Project Management Conference

On May 24, Professor Bendul gave the keynote speach at the Zürich spring conference on project managemenet. With more than 230 participants she was presenting on technological potentials and challenges of digitalization and the resulting challenges for successful project management. Find more information here:

Paper accepted in International Business Review

Eugenia Rosca`s and Julia Bendul`s article “Value Chain Integration of Base of the Pyramid Consumers: An Empirical Study of Drivers and Performance Outcomes” has been accepted for publication in International Business Review.

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The seminal works on Base of the Pyramid (BOP) markets encourage companies to explore untapped low-income markets and to alleviate poverty by providing affordable products and services. The transition to second generation BOP strategies has centred on the integration of local consumers across value chain activities. This integration presents challenges both for firms and for low-income consumers due to the nature of informal BOP markets, severe institutional voids and lack of local knowledge of firms. In this context, little is known about the motivational drivers of firms to integrate BOP consumers in value creation activities and the impact on different performance dimensions, namely economic, social and ecological. This study adopts the perspective of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) and investigates drivers and performance outcomes of BOP consumer integration. For this purpose, we develop a theoretical framework and test it empirically by employing a unique dataset of 142 enterprises which provide basic products and services to low-income markets. Our findings provide empirical support for the claim that BOP consumer integration enhances economic, social and ecological performance. MSMEs in our sample engage consumers mainly due to a strong intrinsic motivation to drive social impact rather than a pragmatic motivation to overcome information asymmetries. While studies of multinationals entering BOP markets almost exclusively report the need for cross-sector partner collaboration, our findings suggest that this may not be the case for MSMEs.

Paper accepted in IJPR

Toni Erfurth’s and Julia Bendul’s article on the “Integration of global manufacturing networks and supply chains: A cross case comparison of six global automotive manufacturers” have been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Production Research.

Workgroup Member Nominated for BME Science Award

Dr. Marie Brüning – workgroup member of Prof. Bendul has been nominated for the BME Science Award awarded by the Association Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Procurement (BME) In the final round of the Science Award 2018, Dr. Brüning will have the chance to present her PhD thesis on “Collaborative Recovery from Supply Chain Disruptions” to the distinguished jury members at the annual Scientific Conference of the Association in March 2018 in Mannheim.
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Impulse Konferenz

On November 30th, the iconic SANAA building will once again host the entrepreneurs’ conference “Impulse” in Essen. Among other highly distinguished guests, Prof. Bendul is invited to give a talk on the challenges modern logistics companies face. Tickets for this unique conference are available at the conference website.

Paper Accepted in JMS

Duffie, N.; Bendul, J.; Knollmann, M. (2017): An analytical approach for improving due-date and lead-time dynamics in production systems. In: International Journal of Manufacturing Systems. In: press.