Future of Pharma Manufacturing

The Division of Production Management is currently looking for students wantint to write their thesis on Pharma Manufacturing and Production Strategy.

The pharmaceutical industry has been under immense expectations to deliver products in not only a safe but also fast manner. At the same time, global megatrends, such as digitalization and new product development technologies, have an impact on the manufacturing operations of these companies. Thus, pharmaceutical companies are re-thinking their manufacturing as well as their network strategy. Now is the time to challenge the status quo and to identify future strategies to manufacture pharmaceutical products – explore these exciting changes in this special time.


  • Literature review of manufacturing/network strategy as well as network configuration
  • Support in the development of a survey questionnaire
  • Scan and reach out to target leads for data collection
  • Support in data cleaning, preparation and analyses (e.g., simple regression analyses and t-tests)
  • Preparation of survey results and findings


We offer:

  • Insights in an exciting industry and in a real, impactful research project with a large industry partner
  • Methodological and content-wise support (e.g., for statistical analyses)
  • Partnership-based working atmosphere in a young, motivated team
  • Close collaboration and guidance for your thesis


We expect:

  • Advanced university studies at the interface between business & technology (e.g. business administration with an interest in strategy/global production/pharma, industrial engineering)
  • Independent, results-oriented and structured working method
  • Professional handling of MS Office, in particular MS PowerPoint & Excel
  • Confident appearance


Mark Grothkopp
Research Associate & PhD Candidate