The university's own institute "SCM@ISM" focuses on all aspects of supply chain management as well as cluster and mobility management, both at research level and in terms of knowledge transfer. The facility delivers the organisational framework for ISM professors and lecturers specialising in logistics, operations and mobility to develop their research work and refine collaboration in practical activities or fieldwork. SCM@ISM therefore represents a research and cooperation platform that guarantees the basis for uncomplicated collaboration with external partners from the disciplines of science and practice.

At the core of the institute's work is the English language degree course International Logistics & Supply Chain Management and the part-time degree course Management Supply Chain Management & Logistics, which place particular emphasis on value chain management in international networks.

Building on existing ISM knowledge, the institute has defined the following main goals:

  • Research and knowledge transfer in the fields of supply chain, cluster and mobility
  • Visibility and transparency of ISM results and services in this area of competence
  • Advancement of collaborative strategies between science and practice, acquisition of new cooperation partners
  • Continuous further development of the degree course "International Logistics & Supply Chain Management"
  • Development and promotion of corresponding master's courses in the aforementioned fields
  • Establishment of a centre of excellence for "Supply Chain, Cluster and Mobility Management"
  • Representation of ISM at events focussing on the aforementioned topics of interest

The institute is based in the HOLM (House of Logistics and Mobility) in Gateway Gardens at Frankfurt Airport. This location guarantees excellent contact to companies in the local region and is the ideal setting for further networking between science and practice.

Focus of research

Supply Chain Management

  • Logistics and process strategies
  • Optimisation and agreement of business-to-business transport and logistics chains
  • Value chain management
  • Supply chain analytics – potentials through big data analytics for supply chain management (Industry 4.0, Internet of things, etc.)
  • Risk analysis of network processes (e.g. determination of cluster risks)
  • Sustainability of logistics processes (e.g. ecological and social behaviour of the SCM members)
  • Digitisation and its impacting action on logistics processes
  • International logistics systems – logistics for developing countries
  • Special logistics (e.g. disaster logistics)