Chair of Business Theory: Sustainable Production and Industrial Control (LUT)

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The Chair was founded in 1974 and was originally dedicated to Business Administration, with particular focus on Industrial Management. Since April 1988, the Chair has been headed by Prof. Dyckhoff. Following various shifts of academic and scientific focus, the Chair settled on its present dedication, Business Theory. Depending on the current level of third-party funds, the academic staff varies between 15 and 25 research and student assistants as well as one non-academic staff member.


While the courses were initially focused on industrial management and organization, lectures and exercise units are currently offered in production and logistics, sustainable production and industrial management control for those programs of study catered for by the School of Business and Economics. Furthermore, projects and seminars on changing topics are offered as modules, in particular with respect to non-monetary performance analysis. In cases where issues of sustainable economic development – mainly focused on sustainability evaluation and environmental management control – are not already covered in the subject matter of a module, at least essential fundamentals are taught, for instance, methodological aspects of efficiency measurement. In addition, Bachelor and Master theses provide multiple opportunities for students to deepen their interests and skills practically and/or in a research-oriented way within the field of “Sustainability and Corporations”.


Research is generally focused on three main scopes, mainly on their overlapping fields: (1) production and decision theory, (2) non-monetary performance analysis and (3) industrial sustainability management control. The decision-oriented production theory developed by the head of chair in many cases serves as a theoretical basis for applied research projects. Particularly, this theory facilitates systematical developments and improvements of analysis and evaluation methods, e. g. the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), the Eco-Efficiency Analysis of BASF and the research ranking of the Centre for Higher Education (CHE). Current research projects refer to the significance of biomass for the global economy, dynamic LCA, measurement of specialization and balance in performance analyses, measurement of wealth of nations, economies of scale regarding business schools’ research performance, adequate consideration of bads within DEA, modelling of reduction processes like waste incineration and influence of (ultra) durable goods and plants on product changeover and ramp-up management.