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Professor Ralf W. Seifert

IMD Business School
Director, Digital Supply Chain Management program

Professor Ralf W. Seifert is Director of the Digital Supply Chain Management program at IMD business school, which addresses both traditional supply chain strategy and implementation issues as well as digitalization trends and new technologies. His primary research and teaching interests relate to operations management, supply chain strategy and technology management. He has also worked on industry analysis, competitive strategy and new venture formation.

Since joining IMD in 2000, Professor Seifert has designed and directed numerous company-specific general management programs. He has actively coached more than 50 project teams and served as consultant and speaker to various multinational companies.

Based on his work with companies, Professor Seifert has co-authored more than 30 case studies covering different industries. These efforts have been recognized by multiple international case awards granted by EFMD in 2012, 2009 and 2003, ECCH in 2011 and 2006, as well as POMS in 2004. He continues to actively research issues of supply chain strategy, supply chain finance and technology management and has more than 80 articles and international conference presentations to his credit. In addition, he co-authored two books: one focused on strategic supply chain management and another one concerning start-up challenges of technology ventures. In parallel to his appointment at IMD, he is a tenured professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne where he has held the Chair of Technology and Operations Management (TOM) since 2003.

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Three key questions you will not escape for industry 4.0
February 21, 2018
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