The academic head Prof. Dr. Ninnemann explains the focus and the special features of the dual undergraduate degree programme in Logistics Management.
The dual study programme Logistics Management offers practically oriented Business Administration studies with a special focus on the logistics sector, combined with simultaneous systematic in-company training. It provides not only the fundamentals of Business Administration, but also selected contents from the specific logistics angle, adding modules such as Supply Chain Management, Transport Planning, and Production & Warehousing Logistics. The cooperation partners are mostly logistics companies.
At BAT I support the department Corporate Affairs for example with organising company events or writing press releases. This teaches me how to represent the values and principles of the company to employees and the public.
The dual study programme at HSBA was the ideal basis to continue my career in one of the big four auditing companies. The university has a very dynamic character and I am happy to have been a part of it – three very significant years.
I started to work in the internal audit department and during the audits learned more about the many different national and international subsidiaries and areas of the Otto Group. I find the way that HSBA and Otto support the further development of their students outstanding.
The study course Logistics Management does not always have to end in the Port of Hamburg. For me it opened the door to the automotive industry. I am responsible for the department European Sales at the DAD and my tasks for example are customer acquisition and visiting trade fairs.
The co-operative programme integrates phases of theory at the university (on average 32 weeks a year) and practical phases of training in their training company (on average 20 weeks a year).
Students acquire practical business administration know-how, specialising in logistics with industry-specific learning modules. Special attention is given to method skills. The foundations of business administration knowledge are laid in the first year of the programme, together with an introduction to logistics, plus method modules such as languages and law. As the programme progresses, there is increasing emphasis on logistics-specific modules, and the third year concentrates fully on logistics modules.
Graduates of the Logistics Management degree programme have comprehensive knowledge in the field of supply chain and logistics management. These skills make them desirable employees in various industries such as trade, automotive, retail, or manufacturing. Whether in supply chain management, procurement, production planning, transportation and warehousing, or consulting: with a dual degree in Logistics Management, you can advance to leadership positions or work in international companies.
At HSBA, he was known and loved as a dedicated student speaker, focused student and entertaining host of the HSBA Insights event series: Julian Thormählen was one of the first to study Logistics Management (BSc) at our partner company Airbus from 2019 to 2022. Since his successful graduation, he has been responsible for the parts supply of Airbus' final assembly lines in China and the USA as Global Material Manager. We talked to him about his Logistics Management studies, his daily challenges and his personal study highlights.
Dear Julian, congratulations on your new position! Since you have your Bachelor's degree in your pocket, you are Global Material Manager at Airbus, what exactly does that mean? What do you do all day long?
As Global Material Manager, I am responsible for the supply of parts to the final assembly lines in China and the USA. My colleagues and I are the interface between purchasing and logistics on site and ensure that the aircraft parts are available in time for the start of the station. Especially in times of supply chain crises caused by Corona or the aftermath of the Ever Given in the Suez Canal, this means new challenges every day. Because a production stop must be avoided at all costs.
Why did you actually want to study Logistics Management? And how did you find Airbus?
For some time now, I have been interested in the topic of traffic, transport and logistics in general, especially from the point of view of today's challenges (climate, urbanisation, etc.). Logistics as a degree programme offers the opportunity to receive a broad education in business administration, but at the same time to specialise at an early stage.
In my application phase, I saw Airbus as a global company as an ideal partner, as it offers sufficient resources and opportunities to develop broadly. And all this on the basis of an exciting product.
How would you describe the training at Airbus, in which areas do you actually work at Airbus after graduation and what is the support like?
The nice thing about Airbus as a partner company is the flexibility to go into any area you can imagine. This ranges from production-related areas in Finkenwerder, to management staff positions, to an assignment at the Toulouse plant or Mobile, AL in the USA, for example. I received a friendly welcome in every area, as "dualis" are always welcome. So if you express your wishes and ideas, address them to the right people and pursue them with vigour, there are hardly any limits at Airbus.
Did your studies prepare you well for the working world and your current job?
Above all, the practical part of my studies was worth its weight in gold for my current job. As a high school graduate, I stumbled straight into my studies and was initially a little overwhelmed by the new environment. Over time, however, I was able to get used to the processes and the working environment, improve steadily and now start my job as a fully-fledged team member without a long training phase. Of course, we were given the theoretical and methodological basics during our semesters at HSBA, which made for a well-rounded package.
What do you remember most fondly when you think back to your studies?
The moments and memories with my fellow students are particularly special about my time at university. Even if Corona threw a spanner in the works, the numerous parties, sporting events and breaks were the ideal balance to the often stressful everyday life of studying.
Another very special experience was my assignment abroad at the Airbus final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama. Those were definitely the most educational and exciting three months of my studies.
Your advice for other dual students / Logistics Management students at HSBA?
Just do it! Enrolling at HSBA is the first step towards a promising career in global business. Then it is up to each and every individual to take their own future into their own hands and shape it according to their own wishes. In doing so, one should not wait for success to be dropped in one's lap. However, as soon as the goal is in sight, the dual study programme at HSBA offers the best framework for achieving it with your own steps. I am convinced of that.
Do you have questions that you would rather discuss with our students? In our Ask a student format you will find contact persons for each of our dual degree programmes: Jennifer Kerßens (Business Administration), Clara Wendrich and Yasch Gahi (Business Informatics), Luca Lenniger (International Management), and Kai Hemp (Logistics Management).
About 30% of HSBA's Bachelor students spend time abroad during their studies (mostly short-stay at Summer Schools or as an exchange student with one of our partner universities). In the third year of studies of the dual programmes, students can go on an international study trip. Furthermore, HSBA attaches great importance to the international character of its content, offering a wide range of seminars held in English. Fore more information, please see here.
Anyone interested in taking a dual Bachelor programme should normally start looking for a training company at least one year before they intend to start their studies. The application to the company should include all the usual documents, such as school and examination qualifications and CV. The company then sends the study contract together with the necessary documents to HSBA, which checks whether the criteria for admission are fulfilled, and if so accepts the applicant.