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Prof. Dr. Thomas Volling


Technische Universitaet Berlin
Chair of Production and Operations Management
Office ID: H 85
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin (Germany)

Room H 6150

Phone + 49 (0) 30 / 314-22669


Consultation hour: Monday 4 - 5 pm (only with appointment)



Thomas Volling is Professor and Head of the Department "Production and Operations Management". After studying industrial engineering at Braunschweig Technical University and the University of Rhode Island, he received his doctorate in 2008 from the Institute of Automotive Economics and Industrial Production (AIP) at Braunschweig Technical University on the subject of "Order-related planning for variant-rich series production". From 2008 to 2014 he headed the working group "Automobile Production and Logistics" at the AIP and habilitated in 2014 on "Demand and Capacity Management in the Automotive Supply Chain". From 2014 to 2018 he held the Chair of Production and Logistics at the FernUniversität in Hagen. After being called to the TU Kaiserslautern and the University of Hildesheim, he moved to the TU Berlin in April 2018.

Thomas Volling was significantly involved in the acquisition and implementation of more than 15 publicly and industrially funded research projects in cooperation with companies and institutes, including Volkswagen, Salzgitter, ThyssenKrupp, Bosch, MAN, Henkel and MAPA. The results of his research have been published in internationally recognized journals and awarded the Heinrich Büssing Prize and the Best Practice Paper Award of the Association of University Teachers for Business Administration. He is a reviewer for leading professional journals (including Computers & Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Cleaner Production, Production and Operations Management, OR Spectrum) and is involved in the organization of national and international conferences. Since 2021 he has been Chairman of the Scientific Commission Production Economics of the Association of University Teachers for Business Administration (Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e. V.). (VHB).

In research and teaching, Thomas Volling deals with business management problems of production and operations management as well as their modelling and solution with the help of quantitative models and methods of operations research. His research focus is on issues arising in the manufacture and marketing of products with many variants, especially at the interfaces of production, logistics, sales and service.

Selected Publications

Grunewald, M.; Volling, T.; Müller, C.; Spengler, T.S. (2018): Multi‑item single‑source ordering with detailed consideration of transportation capacities, in: Journal of Business Economics, online first.

Matzke, A.; Volling, T.; Spengler, T. S. (2015): Upgrade-auctions in build-to-order manufacturing with loss-averse customers, in: European Journal of Operational Research, 250(2), pp. 470-479, doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2015.11.003.

Volling, T.; Matzke, A.; Grunewald, M.; Spengler, T. S. (2013):Planning of capacities and orders in build-to-order automobile production: A review, in: European Journal of Operational Research, 224 (2), pp. 240-260.

Volling, T.; Spengler, T. S. (2011):Modeling and simulation of order-driven planning policies in build-to-order automobile production, in: International Journal of Production Economics, 131 (1), pp. 183-193.

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