The Authors of the Book
Prof. Dr. Alexander Tsipoulanidis, MBA is professor for Operations Management at the Berlin Schoolof Economics and Law (BSEL), lecturing Supply Chain and Operations Management in various programs leading to a Bachelor, Master or MBA degree. Alexander is mechanical engineer and industrial engineer with a focus on factory, layout and material flow planning. At the Engineering Faculty of the University of Bristol (UK), he proceeded with his doctorate (PhD) in which he explored the significant influence of Lean Engineering and product development as a part of the Lean Enterprise. He holds an MBA in Strategic Management from Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge (UK), where Alexander concentrated on competitive strategies at times of global Hyper-Competition.
During a Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) project, that was scientifically supported by the Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management (IWF) of the TU Berlin and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund, Alexander contributed to the “Production 2000” project regarding assembly-controlled logistics and value added network works (Entwicklung von montagegesteuerten, integrierten Logistik- und Wertschöpfungsketten; Rahmenkonzept Produktion 2000 des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung) from a materials logistics perspective. As such, he developed practical solutions for process synchronization and performance improvements within a network of small series producers.
Alexander Tsipoulanidishas been working approximately 20 years for international enterprises (e.g., ABB, DaimlerChrysler, Bombardier Transportation). There, he had different roles at various production sites but also had executive positions at the global headquarters. His responsibilities have been related to capacity management of an European production network, planning of new factories or the re-design of shop-floorlayouts. Globally, he was conducting “Lean Operations Assessments” of production facilities, developed site continuous improvement plans and implemented the related supply chain strategies. Furthermore, he defined lean and manufacturing oriented product development processes and was involved in a restructuring initiative aiming to make the respective enterprise lean, efficient, attractive and profitable.
His current research is focusing on the fundamentals of Lean Thinking in combination with the usage of the Internet of Things / Machine to Machine (M2M) technology in diverse value added domains. Recently he has analyzed the development of lean and sustainable supply chain strategies in strong connection with the above mentioned technologies. Thus, Alexander’s primary research objective is to explore the generation of competitive advantage by utilizing the Internet of Things in order to sustain Supply Chain and Operational Excellence at times of digitalization.
Prof. Dr. Alexander Tsipoulanidis
Berlin School of Economics and Law
Department of Business and Economics