OPM 503: Transportation Management: Road, Rail, and Sea Freight

This lecture gives an overview about market developments in road and rail transport, inland and maritime shipping. Part of this is the overview of present and future transportation technologies. General business developments in the shipping, trucking, and railway industries are discussed as well as individual strategies of companies active in these transportation sectors. Another focus is laid on the developments of transportation policy, which is still an important framework for the business activities of transportation companies. As traffic infrastructure is a key factor for the performance of transportation services, the possibilities for an optimization of the use of the existing traffic infrastructure are discussed. Attention is not only given to the developments in Germany, but also to the developments in Europe and other world regions.

Learning outcomes
Students will understand the dynamics and interdependencies of the markets for land transport, maritime shipping, and inland navigation. The students will also understand the role of transport for the globalization of the world’s economy and for the supply chain management.

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Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Lecture2 SWS9 SWS
ECTS credits4
Graded yes
Form of assessmentWritten exam (45 min)
Restricted admissionno
Further information
Performing lecturer
Prof. Dr. Borislav Bjelicic
Prof. Dr. Borislav Bjelicic
Frequency of offeringSpring semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Range of applicationM.Sc. MMM, M.Sc. Bus. Edu., M.Sc. Econ., M.Sc. Bus. Inf., M.Sc. Bus. Math.
Preliminary course work
Program-specific Competency GoalsCG 1
LiteratureNo overall textbook; specific literature will be communicated in the course
Course outlineTentative outline (subject to change):
  • Importance of transport, transshipments and warehousing
  • current technological and economic developments
  • road freight transport
  • rail freight transport
  • inland navigation and maritime transport
  • transport development
  • transport infrastructure
  • transport and environment
  • transport policy