Nominee criteria and Introduction

The Supply Chain Leaders board have developed a through process and set of criteria for selecting the winner in each category of awards:


-        Best Supply Chain Executive in Denmark

-        Best CBS HD-SCM Thesis

-        Best CBS HD-SCM Business Project

-        Best DTU Operations Management Thesis


Best Supply Chain Executive award selection criteria and process

A Top-25 list of nominees plus some additional runner-ups for the Best Supply Chain Executive award are selected based on the following set-up of criteria:

  1. Financial performance of company & supply chains (EBIT, ROCE or ROA, Inventory Turns, et cetera);
  2. Personal supply chain responsibility (span of control, depth of control, years of experience, education);
  3. Personal exposure (number of keynote speeches, interviews, written articles, et cetera);
  4. Expert & peer recognition (votes by executive recruiters & other senior supply chain peers);

The internationally recognized headhunter company Inspired-Search is working closely with Martijn Lovfers to identify this initial Top-25 and will use the above criteria, further research and interviews are used to narrow down the list.

The Winner is selected in consultaion with the SCLF board, and is selected and presented together with the Top-3 and Top-25 list at the event in September.


Best CBS and DTU award selection criteria

The reports are nominated by the institutions based on having received a top grade.

The following concluding criteria are used to select a winner of each of the three student awards:

  1. Originality of problem (newness / innovation)
  2. Significance of findings (incl. optimisation potential for the case company)
  3. Quality of thesis overall (analysis, methods, developed models, presentation)
  4. General applicability of findings and methods (for other companies)


Presentation of the best CBS and DTU reports


Best CBS HD-SCM Final Project


Resource Management - Optimization by the use of Business Process Management

The internal processes running in our companies can be build, analyzed and optimized in many ways and there are several frameworks in the literature describing how to do it. New technologies like AI and robotics are also being introduced in our companies’ processes. What is missing in most frameworks is how these processes including the IT tools affect employees and vice versa.

This thesis presents a framework to analyze and optimize the internal processes in a company, with a consideration of the effect on employees. It builds on a BPM framework, but it incorporates how the process affects the perceived value (Functional, Emotional and Social) the employee experience.

GD SCM Final Project Author: Kasper Munk

GD SCM Final Project Supervisor: Viktor Lund


Purchasing optimization at JO Safety A/S

A lot of small and medium sized enterprises (SME), do not see purchasing as a priority which might lead to unstructured purchasing processes for the companies such as no following-up on the suppliers and no focus on optimizing purchasing processes. JO Safety is one of the companies that does not have purchasing as a priority; This project leads to find solutions that could give JO Safety more structured and optimized purchasing processes.Old research about how SME work with purchasing combined with standard SCM models and theories are used to substantiate the projects theories and its practical use. 

GD SCM Final Project Author: Michelle Andreassen

GD SCM Final Project Supervisor: Thomas Holm


COMM2IG – The road towards strategic procurement

The IT reseller COMM2IG has experienced several years of extraordinary growth in revenue, but unfortunately, the company’s gross profit has not had the same positive development. Since the establishment of the company in 1998, the main strategy has been a close and personal customer service; on the contrary, the same warm and cooperative approach is not commonly applied upstream in the supply chain. Because of rapid growth, weaknesses are starting to show in regards to the company’s strategy. The relative autonomous sales teams fail to exploit COMM2IG’s overall purchasing power, or to establish meaningful and value adding supplier relationships. The final project addresses the above issues and delivers both reflections and tangible solutions for the case company. From the perspective of the relative newly founded procurement department, the author of the project tries to uncover in which ways the department can support both the main strategy, and help the management meet the company’s key economic targets. It is worth noting that the projects positive results and conclusions are achieved with focus on, and with foundation in the customer’s value perception.

GD SCM Final Project Author: Robert van der Valk

GD SCM Final Project Supervisor: Mohammad Asim


Best CBS HD-SCM Business Project


Improving service level towards customers in an industry with high seasonal fluctuations

Forecasting products with high seasonal fluctuations in demand makes it challenging for Continental to plan the right inventory levels to match the service level required by the company’s overall business strategy. This business project proposes improvements in the forecasting process by focusing on a more quantitative starting point. Furthermore, the current Nordic network design of warehouses is reviewed to support the new forecasting process.

GD SCM Business Project Author: Signe Andrés, Peter Sarup, Alexander Poulsen

GD SCM Business Project Supervisor: Mohammad Asim


Reducing customer order lead time and the economic consequences

Some of ‘CM Minerals’ largest customers has recently expressed their wish for a shortening in the total lead time from 13 to 7 weeks. By analyzing CM's value chain, it appeared that most of the sub-activities could not be optimized in terms of time consumption. However, it was discovered that the raw materials that is used for production can be sourced from Europe instead of China where it’s being imported from today. This is of course without compromising on the quality.The strategic move towards nearshoring can help the case company reduce its total lead time by 7 weeks, but it has previously been refused to source in Europe due to significant higher kilo prices. The project confirmed that theory, but by executing TCO-calculations, it was actually proved possible to achieve great economical savings by purchasing them in Europe compared to China.

GD SCM Business Project Author: Casper Marcussen

GD SCM Business Project Supervisor: Nicolai Sander Nielsen


Optimization of Customer Service at Louis Poulsen A/S

In many companies, challenges of inefficiency in capacity management and exploiting synergies, are common. Often management struggles to improve capacity utilization within departments, that function as link to customers, suppliers and production. In this business project, the above challenges proposed are managed by LEAN tools, which gives an opportunity to improve, control and allocate resources efficiently. The problem statement was to identify areas in Customer Service which require optimization, to support corporate goals of higher revenue and increase customer value. This business project provides multiple daily management tools and optimization suggestions, which easily can be implemented in any company.

GD SCM Business Project Author: Jennifer Orsos and Sandra Jean Olsen

GD SCM Business Project Supervisor: Mohammad Asim


Best DTU Operations Management Thesis


Analysis and re-design of regional logistics at Saint-Gobain Distribution Denmark

Changes in the Supply Chain are leading to a lower utilization of the current locations. The thesis focuses on analyzing the impacts of these changes in terms of demand. Several alternatives within warehousing, automation and distribution network have been quantified. The findings from the project is based on Network Optimization and Facilities Planning and provides a complete plan from determination of locations to design of the locations including manning.

Author: Mads Frederik Madsen & Peter Nannerup Kristensen

Supervisor: Peter Jacobsen


Bridging the supplier-buyer information gap, a case study of a international Danish retailer

Over the last few years, an increasing frequency of requests to renegotiate previously agreed-to product-prices from several Chinese manufacturers, led a large retailer to suspect supplier opportunism. Having limited insight into operations and costs-structures of the supplier, (in particularly related to labour, raw materials, and currency exchange effects), renegotiation attempts often led to higher per unit prices for the retailer. To aid in negotiations with suppliers, and to be able to push back the requests for increasing prices, this project set out to develop a tool to allow greater updated information and analysis. An important outcome of the thesis was a methodology to gather and analyze data from suppliers, and an assessment of how to incorporate third party information, (including commodity pricing and exchange effects), to allow a consolidated overview aiding the retailer in future negotiations.

Author: Ole Christian Andersen

Supervisor: Peter Jacobsen

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