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Bachelor and Master thesis

In this section, you find potential topics for a bachelor and master thesis based on the research topics, we are working on at the Chair for Supply and Value Chain Management. We encourage students to write their thesis in English language. Research journals are majorly published in English, and companies today expect their employees to speak English fluently.

We preferably accept students with a significant number of lectures in supply and value chain management and related fields, as well as former participants of the advanced seminar of our chair. Nevertheless, we are always happy to receive excellent applications from students with other focus areas/ qualifications that relate to our field. The number of available topics for theses is limited by the capacity of the chair. If the number of applications is exceeding the capacity of the chair, theses will be allocated according to your previous seminars, elective course, and personal interests.

Currently tendered topics by the chair

Here, you find specific topics tendered by the chair at the moment. If you are interested, please use the “Apply now” button above.

Bachelor theses

Currently, there are no tendered topics from the chair. Please apply with an own topic suggestion.

Master theses

Topic: Markdown optimization for fresh categories (Kaufland)

For a retailer, ordering the right quantity of products is a crucial task on a daily level – too much quantity leads to food waste whereas too little leads to outofstock situations, lost sales, and dissatisfied customers. Excess stocks are particularly critical in fresh categories since the items must be sold off within a very short time due to their short bestbefore date. In order to sell the items before they perish (e.g., before reaching the best before date), targeted discounts are given by the employees in the stores. If a price discount is too high, the remaining stock may be salvaged quickly, and the margin losses may be too high. On the other side, if the price discounts are too low, the risk of food waste increases.

The aim of this master’s thesis is to develop an approach for profitoptimized markdown pricing in fresh categories (bakery, dairy and/ or counter) on a marketspecific and itemspecific level, with the goal to minimize the total writeoffs and waste (losses from price reduction and remaining stock).

For a more detailed description, please follow this link: PDF: Markdown optimization for fresh categories

The tasks include:

  • Complete a structured literature review about markdown policies for overstocks
  • Structurally derive decision problem and formalize it as a stochasticdynamic optimization model
  • Implement the decision problem as a simulation model (e.g., in Python or AnyLogic)
  • Collect data from Kaufland and prepare it for the application
  • Complete numerical studies to generate some managerial insights
  • Develop plan for potential implementation of the tool at Kaufland

A realworld dataset will be provided


Topic: Food waste in the hospitality and food service sector

Catering for a large number of people, as is the case in canteens, at events, or in hotels, for example, poses major challenges for service providers. Consumers require an attractive offer of dishes, while their preferences and hunger are hardly known. At the same time, the provider must prevent empty buffets and sold-out meals at all costs, a setting that practically provokes food waste. We want to approach this problem from the providers’ point of view, analyze the current way of planning the quantities and meals in facilities such as hotels, canteens, mass catering, etc. and find strategies for improvement.

The Master thesis should cover the following tasks:

  • Literature overview of planning approaches in this area (both empirical and modeling-based)
  • Development of an interview guide based on open research questions appearing from the literature review (in coordination with the supervisor)
  • Finding and contacting suitable interviewees
  • Conducting the interviews and analysis of the gathered information via qualitative content analysis
  • Derivation of improvement measures


Topic: The Stochastic Patient-to-Bed Assignment Problem

Patients who are admitted to a hospital as inpatients must be assigned a bed while respecting certain constraints. For instance, gender-mixed rooms are usually to be avoided, and it is desirable to assign patients of similar age to a room since this has been shown to increase patient satisfaction. Transfers of a patient to a different room during their stay are possible but should be minimized in order to reduce work for the nurses and stress for the patients. The goal of the master’s thesis is to go beyond a rolling horizon approach by formulating the patient-to-bed assignment problem with stochastic arrivals and lengths of stay of patients using Markov decision processes (MDPs).

For a more detailed description, please follow this link: PDF: The Stochastic Patient-to-Bed Assignment Problem

The specific tasks to be performed include:

  • Generate explicit distributions and test instances from the real data set
  • Set up an automated instance generator
  • Formulate an MDP for the case with a stochastic length of stay
  • Formulate an MDP for the case where both length of stay and patient arrivals are stochastic
Inspiration for own topic suggestion
The following topics give an overview about our current research focus. A Bachelor and Master thesis can be written within any of these topics. If no specific thesis topic is available at the moment, you can still reach out to us via the “Apply now” button above and bring forward own suggestions and ideas for a thesis within our research topics.

Food retail
Retail Logistics

  • Last mile logistics in omnichannel retail
  • Multi depot online order fulfillment

Assortment Planning

  • Optimizing assortments for omni-channel retailers and packaging-free food stores
  • Planning problems in omnichannel distribution

Waste management

  • Planning approaches to prevent food waste before it actually emerges
  • Inventory management and assortment strategies in food retail market and their effects on the amount of food waste

Last mile delivery

  • Last mile delivery routing
  • Vehicle assignment with machine learning methods

Hospital operations

Warehouse automation

  • Automated and robotized warehousing systems
  • Behavioral issues and human factors in supply chain management – transportation and warehousing


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Chair of Supply and Value Chain Management

Am Essigberg 3
94315 Straubing


Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Alexander Hübner

Team Assistants

Alexandra Lauber / Barbara Roth

Phone: +49 (0) 9421 187-246, -253