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Prof. Dr. Ulrich W. Thonemann


Research interests

  • Behavioral Operations
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Crew Scheduling

Selected publications

  • C. Rählmann, F. Wagener, U.W. Thonemann: Robust Tactical Crew Scheduling Under Uncertain Demand,
    Transportation Science 55 (6), 1392-1410. 2021
  • C.B. Haubitz, U.W. Thonemann: How to Change a Running System—Controlling the Transition to Optimized Spare Parts Inventory Policies, Production and Operations Management 2021
  • F. Papier, U.W. Thonemann:The Effect of Social Preferences on Sales and Operations Planning, Operations Research 2021
  • C.A. Lehmann, C. Haubitz, A. Fügener, U.W. Thonemann: Keep It Mystic?-The Effects of Algorithm Transparency on the Use of Advice, ICIS 2020
  • L. M. Scheele, U. W. Thonemann, and M. Slikker, Designing incentive systems for truthful forecast information sharing within a firm, Management Science, Vol. 64, No. 8, 2018, 3690-3713.
  • S. Steinker, K. Hoberg, and U.W. Thonemann, The Value of Weather Information for E‐Commerce Operations, Production and Operations Management, Vol. 26, No. 10, pp. 1854-1874.
  • M. Becker-Peth, E. Katok, and U. W. Thonemann, Designing Buyback Contracts for Irrational but Predictable Newsvendors, Management Science, Vol. 59, No. 8, 2013, pp. 1800-1816.
  • G. Bolton, A. Ockenfels, and U.W. Thonemann, Managers and Students as Newsvendors, Management Science, 2012, Vol. 58, No. 12, pp. 2225-2233.
  • 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. 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, Modeling the Benefits of Sharing Future Demand Information, Operations Research, 2004, Vol. 52, No. 1, pp. 136-147.
  • 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 M.L. Brandeau, Optimal Commonality in Component Design, Operations Research, 2000, Vol. 48, No. 1, pp. 1-19.
  • 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.

You can find further publications here.


Master Level

  •  Operations Management

Bachelor Level

  • Supply Chain Management

Areas of responsibility

  • Dean of the WiSo-faculty
  • Director of the Department of Supply Chain Management and Management Science
  • President of the Business School


Since 2019 Dean WiSo Faculty,
University of Cologne
2015-2019 Vice Dean WiSo Faculty,
University of Cologne
2015-2018 Managing Director at University of Cologne Executive School,
University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
2010-2015 Vice Dean External Relations WiSo Faculty,
University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Since 2010 Full member, German Academy of Science
Since 2008 Full Member, Verein für Socialpolitik
Since 2006 Associate Editor, Productions and Operations Management
2004-2014 Co-Editor, Operations Research Spectrum
Since 2004 Full Professor and Director of Department of Supply Chain Management & Management Science,
University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
2000 - 2004 Full Professor and Director of Institute of Supply Chain Management,
University of Münster, Münster, Germany
1998 - 2000 Assistant Professor,
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1995 - 1998 Management Consultant,
McKinsey & Company Inc., Cologne, Germany
1994 - 1995 Acting Assistant ProfessorResearch on product design application of research results in automotive industry,
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1993 - 1994 Teaching Assistant,
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1992 - 1994 Ph.D. in Production and Operations Management,
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1991 - 1992 M.S. in Production and Operations Management,
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1991 Graduate studies in Computer Science,
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
1990 Graduate studies in Operations Research,
University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA
1989 Graduate studies in Economics,
University of Nottingham, Nottingham, Great Britain
1987 - 1992 Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur (M.S.), a double major degree in computer science and business administration,
University of Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany
1986 - 1987 IT Service Manager,
Siemens AG, Hannover, Germany
1984 - 1985 Military Service,
Detmold, Germany
1981 - 1984 Apprenticeship,
Siemens AG, Paderborn, Germany