MBAs investigate supply chains and logistics in Hamburg

MBA students from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) explored logistics and sustainable supply chains during a five-day study trip to Hamburg, Germany in September 2014. They visited the Port of Hamburg and multinational companies to investigate the German economy and its role in the European and global contexts.

The 70 participants from RSM’s International Full-time MBA Class of 2015 analysed global logistics and sustainable supply chain companies and organisations in Hamburg, including Lufthansa Technik, Philips Medical Systems, NKG Kala, STILL, Kuehne+Nagel and Port of Hamburg. They also attended lectures about the German economy, green logistics, procurement networks, and the German job market at Kühne Logistics University (The KLU). The final day of the tour included a visit to the WindEnergy Hamburg 2014 expo and a tour of the Elbe river on a barge.

The MBA students were impressed with the way parts of the port terminals are automated. “The amazing tour of the port of Hamburg proved how things are moving to the digital age. This was a real eye-opener,” said MBA student Rahul Shankar.

“The Hamburg trip added a different dimension to the learning experience at RSM,” said MBA student Eldrid Buckley. “I was astounded by the enormity of business operations in action in Hamburg and at Lufthansa Technik, and developed an appreciation for the specialised craftsmanship it takes to operationalise and manage these businesses. We also expanded our network with like-minded professionals.”

Italian MBA student Giuseppe Puglisi said that he sees Rotterdam differently after exploring the port and its logistics in Hamburg. “Until this trip I did not realise how important Rotterdam is not only for the Netherlands, but for the European economy in general,” he said.


Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is ranked among Europe’s top 10 business schools for education and among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam - a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.

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