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ELA Research Day Conference

The conference is aimed at presenting the results of research conducted at leading scientific centres cooperating with the European Logistic Association (including Technische Universitaet Darmstadtd, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Turku School of Economics, Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus, University Boku Universität Wien Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Pannon University Veszprem, University of Economics in Katowice.) Lectures and the panel discussion will be dedicated to discussing selected key problems of contemporary logistics. They make up three general areas determining the balance of logistics and supply chains: economic aspects (Logistics performance index), environmental issues (Green Logistics) and social repercussions (Behavioural Aspects/Personnel in Logistics).


Conference co-financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.



Part I – moderator: Prof. Danuta Kisperska-Moroń

European Framework for Logistics Research
Paweł Stelmaszczyk (Komisja Europejska, DG TREN, Unit Head of Unit B3 – Logistics, co-modality, inland waterways, motorways of the sea & Marco Polo

Logistics Performance index
Prof. Dr. Harri Lorentz, Turku School of Economics, Turku (Finland)

Green Logistics
Prof. Dr. Alan McKinnon, Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh (UK)

Panel discussion nt. Green Logistics
Prof. Dr. Alan McKinnon, Herriot Watt University, (UK),
Prof. Dieter Specht, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus, (Germany)
Prof. Manfred Gronalt, Universität Wien Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre, (Austria)
Dr. Adam Török, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, (Hungary)
Dr Janusz Łacny, International Road Transport Union (Poland)


Part II – moderator: Prof. Hans-Christian Pfohl

Behavioural Aspects/Personnel in Logistics
Prof. Dr. Ralf Elbert, Technische Universität Berlin

Evolution of logistics competencies of logistics managers
Prof. Danuta Kisperska-Moroń (University of Economics in Katowice)

Human Resource Related Issues in Logistics
Prof. Zoltán Kovács, Pannon University (Veszprem)

The relationships between postponement strategies and manufacturing performance in supply chains. An industrial perspective
Artur Świerczek Ph.D., University of Economics in Katowice (Poland)


Prof. Hans-Christian Pfohl – ELA/TU Darmstadt (Germany)

Head of the Management Faculty at Technische Universiteat Darmstadt. Awarded an honorary degree from the Veszprem University in Hungary (1996). He has been cooperating with businesses and consulting companies in preparing reports on the condition of logistics and logistics education in Europe. He has initiated a number of European research projects. He has been a Member of the European Logistics Association Board and the chairperson of the Research & Development Committee of this organization for many years. Author of numerous academic handbooks on logistics. His two books “Systemy logistyczne” (“Logistics Systems”) and “Zarządzanie logistyką” (“Logistics Management”) have been published in Poland by the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing.

Prof. Danuta Kisperska-Moroń - University of Economics in Katowice (Poland)
Logistics Professor at the Logistics Faculty at the University of Economics in Katowice. Her main academic interests focus on supply chain management, logistic process management, supply management, customer service and global logistics. She has managed a number of Polish and international research projects. She is a member of the ELA Research & Development Committee, and a long-standing member of the International Society for Inventory Research Board. She has participated actively in research projects conducted by the Global Manufacturing Research Group for many years. She has been the Main Assessor in the certification procedure of logistics qualification for the European Junior and Senior Logistician Certificate. She is a member of the Logistics Section of the Transport Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Paweł Stelmaszczyk – European Commission, DG TREN (Belgium)
Since March 2009, Director of the Directorate-General for Energy & Transport of the European Commission. Its operations focus on areas related to logistics, co-modality, inland water routes, sea motorways and the Marco Polo programme. Before holding the position of the department director in DG TREN, Mr. Stelmaszczyk was vice-president of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency.

Dr. Harri Lorentz, Turku School of Economics, Turku (Finland)
Assistant professor in the Logistics programme of Turku School of Economics, Finland. His research interests are concentrated on international supply chain management, especially in the emerging markets context. He has served as a visiting researcher in Manchester Business School and the University of Cambridge, and has practical logistics experience from food export operations. His research work has been published, for example, in the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, British Food Journal, and Industrial Marketing Management.

Prof. Dr. Alan McKinnon - Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh (UK)

Director of the Logistics Research Centre at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.  He has been researching and teaching in freight transport and logistics for thirty years and has published extensively in journals and books. He has undertaken research and consultancy studies for numerous public and private sector organisations in the UK and overseas and been an adviser to several UK government departments, UK parliamentary committees, and other numerous bodies and organisations in UK and in Europe. In recent years he has been involved in major studies examining the case for increasing maximum truck size and weight, road user charging for trucks, the impact of traffic congestion on logistics and opportunities for cutting CO2 emissions from freight transport.

Prof. Dieter Specht - Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus (Germany)
Studied industrial management and production engineering at the Technical University of Berlin, accompanied by technical and business trainees in companies in France and Germany. He worked at the Fraunhofer-Institut for Production Engineering and Design (IPK) in Berlin in the areas of innovation management, computer integrated manufacturing, knowledge-based systems and industrial services. He got the Dr.-Ing. degree 1983 at the Technical University of Berlin and habilitated 1988 in production management. At IPK he was department leader, later head of a department. He worked also as an assistent professor at the TU Berlin, as a guest professor at the "Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Unternehmensführung" in Koblenz and with research groups at the Academy of Sciencies in Berlin. Since 1993 he is a regular professor for industrial management and engineering at the Brandenburg Technical University in Cottbus.

Prof. Manfred Gronalt - Universität Wien Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre (Austria)
Chair of Management in forest based industry at Boku University Vienna. Since  2004 Head of the Institute for Production Economics and Logistics and since 2006 member of the University Council. His research interests focus on production planning and control.

Dr. Adam Török - Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary)
Researcher at the Institute for Transport Science Non-Profit Ltd, lecturer at Budapest University of Technology & Economics, where he organized CPC Manager Training at Accredited Training Institute of International Road Union. Representing member of PIARC Technical Comittee A.3. He has participated in a lot of national and international projects in the field of transportation. Author of numerous publications.

Dr Janusz Łacny - International Road Transport Union (Poland)
President of the International Road Transportation Union (IRU) in Geneva. Previously, Vice-President of the IRU and Chairman of the Goods Transport Council. Transport university teacher and academic employee. Several years at foreign universities, including two years in Osaka (Japan). Currently, Head of the Transport, Shipping and Logistics Department at the Bydgoszcz University of Economy.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Elbert - Technische Universität Berlin (Germany)
Since February 2009 Prof. Dr. Ralf Elbert is Head of the DB Schenker endowed Chair of Logistics Services and Transport as well as Head of the DB Schenker Laboratories at the Berlin Institute of Technology. The focus of the new chair covers the management of logistics services as well as the configuration and management of the transport networks. He studied industrial engineering at the Darmstadt University of Technology and at the Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and Management which he supplemented by a doctoral degree at the Logistics department of Professor Hans-Christian Pfohl in 2004. After his disputation he worked as Research Associate of Professor Pfohl in the field of corporate management and logistics until he was appointed as assistant professor of Cluster  Management endowed by HESSENMETALL at the Darmstadt University of Technology in 2007. He managed numerous of projects (financed public and privately) and lectured “Supply Chain Management” , Added Value in Management, Management of Logistics, Business Administration within the courses of Business Economics.

Prof. Dr. Zoltán Kovács - University of Pannonia (Hungary)
Professor at the University of Pannonia, Veszprém. He teaches production and service management, logistics and business simulation. He has a regular business simulation course at University of Technology Darmstadt, Germany. He taught in the USA as a Fulbright scholar and in Germany and Austria during Erasmus stay. He took part and coordinated training and research and development projects supported by USAID, EU (Leonardo, Marco Polo II). Professor Kovacs has also a considerable consulting experience.

Artur Świerczek Ph.D., University of Economics in Katowice (Poland)
Artur Swierczek, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business Logistics at the University of Economics in Katowice, Poland. His Ph.D. dealt with the identification and analysis of factors determining an application of agile supply chains. His primary research interests  include supply chain management with the focus on partnership dimensions, and the role of information technology in logistics practice and education. He has co-authored several books on supply chain management, virtual supply chains, logistics performance measurement. He has also published over 40 articles and papers on logistics and supply chains.