OPM 792 Applied Seminar Procurement (Spring)


This seminar examines current procurement topics from an applied perspective. It revolves around field studies and combines readings in procurement with the work as consultants to a business. Participants are provided with a unique learning experience in terms of analyzing and solving procurement-related problems and in carrying out a practice-oriented, consulting-like project, rooted in the academic literature. 

Participants will obtain an introduction to business research and to scientific writing in the context of supply (chain) management.


The main intended learning outcome is to attain the competences for writing a high-quality (practice-oriented) master thesis about a topic in the broader procurement arena. Participants will learn how to apply procurement knowledge and link it with a wide array of business disciplines, such as strategy, organization, marketing, or information systems. In addition, participants will learn how to present research findings.


Organized in teams of (at least) two students, participants will work on a procurement-related problem, defined in collaboration with a company. The main deliverables of this module are a report, which each team prepares over the course of the semester, and a corresponding in-company presentation at the end of the module.

At the end of each preceding fall semester, the specific topics are published and the obligatory registration takes place.


  • Responsible lecturerProf. Dr. Christoph Bode
  • Language: English
  • ECTS: 6
  • Format and hours per week: Schedule will be provided at the kick-off meeting
  • Form of assessment: Seminar paper + presentation

Topics Spring 2019

Please find the suggested topics for the spring semester (FSS) 2019 here.