Strategic Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Trainer Profile

Sebastian KUMMER

Public Procurement Excellence

Head of Institute for Transport and Logistics Management
Department of Global Business and Trade
WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Professional Background

Univ. Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kummer is head of the Institute for Transport and Logistics Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business since 2001.

2007-2011 Head of the Research Institute for Supply Chain Management at the WU Vienna;

2006-2011 Director of the European section of the MIT Forums Supply Chain Innovation MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Cambridge/Massachusetts, USA;

1996-2001 Chair of business administration, esp. Management of transport companies and logistics at the institute for economics and transportation, Dresden University of Technology;.

1987-1996 Researcher at WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar.

Together with his team he carries out numerous successful research and practice projects for industrial and commercial companies as well as for transport and logistics service providers. He supported numerous transport and logistic tenders and is consulting public agencies on procurement and logistics topics. His publication list includes more than 150 publications, including leading textbooks.

Prof. Kummer is a regular guest professor at various international universities and has been recommended for an Endowed Chair Professorship at the Jilin University.


Educational Background

1982-1987  Economics and Business Adminstration in Tübingen and Cologne

1987-1992  Dissertation (Phd) at Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Unternehmensführung Koblenz (WHU)

1992-1997  Habilitation at WHU



Kummer, S., Grün, O., Jammernegg, W. 2018: „Grundzüge der Beschaffung, Produktion und Logistik“, 4th. Updated edition, Pearson publisher’s, Munich;

Kummer, S. (2018):. Transportsysteme und Infrastruktur. In: Handbuch Produktion -und Logistikmanagement in Werschöpfungsnetzwerken, Hrsg. H. Corsten, R. Gössinger, T.S. Spengler, 358-368. Oldenburg: De Gruyter

Azmat, M., Kummer, S., Trigueiro M. L., Di Gennaro F, Moser, R. 2018. Impact of innovative technologies on highway operators: Tolling organizations’ perspective. In Proceedings of 7th Transport Research Arena TRA 2018, April 16-19, 2018, Vienna, Austria, Hrsg. TRA, 1-10. Vienna:

Kummer, S., Dieplinger, M., Eitler, S. 2017: „Die Entwicklung der logistischen Ansätze“ aus Grundfragen der Militärlogistik und der Logistik von Einsatzorganisationen, 2nd updated edition, editor, Gürtlich, G.H., Lampl, S., 239-251. Vienna: AV + Astoria Druckzentrum GmbH;


Overall Objectives of the Module

After completing the module, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the goals, methods and tools of strategic Public procurement
  • Will be able to identify cost drivers in Public Procurement and Public Supply Chains