Nizar Abdelkafi

Core Faculty | Associate Professor

Short Profile outline

Nizar Abdelkafi is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He teaches Supply Chain Management at the post-graduate level at Politecnico di Milano. Before joining the School of Management, he was a head of research unit at Fraunhofer Society in Germany and a lecturer at the University of Leipzig. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Association of German Professors (VHB).


PHD: Dr., Hamburg University of Technology.

Master of Science: Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing., Technische Universität München.


Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Planning, Variety and Complexity Management, Standardization, Supply Chains and Business Models, Innovation and Supply Chains

Relevant Publications

Posselt Thorsten | Abdelkafi Nizar | Fischer Luise | Tangour Cyrine, "Opportunities and Challenges of Higher Education Institutions in Europe, An Analysis from a Business Model Perspective", Higher Education Quartely , 73, 100-115

Abdelkafi Nizar | Pero Margherita, "Supply chain innovation-driven business models: Exploratory analysis and implications for management", Business Process Management Journal, 24, 589-608

Abdelkafi Nizar | Hilbig Romy | Laudien Sven M. , "Business Models of Entrepreneurial Universities in the Area of Vocational Education – An Exploratory Analysis", International Journal of Technology Management, 77, 86-108

Abdelkafi Nizar | Hansen Erik G., "Ecopreneurs’ Creation of User Business Models for Green Tech: An Exploratory Study in E-Mobility ", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing , 2018, 32-55

Täuscher Karl | Abdelkafi Nizar, " Scalability and Robustness of Business Models for Sustainability: A Simulation Experiment, Journal of Cleaner Production, 170(2018), pp. 654-664.", Journal of Cleaner Production, 170, 654-664

Wagner Regina | Abdelkafi Nizar | Blecker Thorsten, "Exploration of the Product Phase-out Process in Manufacturing Firms: A Human Factor Perspective", Business Process Management Journal, 23, 1000-1017

Täuscher Karl | Abdelkafi Nizar, "Visual Tools for Business Model Innovation: Recommendations from a Cognitive Perspective", Creativity and Innovation Management, 26, 160-174

Abdelkafi Nizar | Makhotin Sergiy Thuns Marina | Pohle Anna Blind Knut , "To Standardize or to Patent? Development of a Decision Making Tool and Recommendations for Young Companies", International Journal of Innovation Management, 2016, 16400201-164002030

Abdelkafi Nizar | Täuscher Karl, "Business Models for Sustainability from a System Dynamics Perspective", Organization & Environment, 29, 74-96

Abdelkafi Nizar | Makhotin Sergiy, "Seizing Opportunities for the Support of Innovation through Committee Standards and Standardization", International Journal of IT Standards and Standardization, 2014, 38-56

Abdelkafi Niza | Makhotin Sergiy | Posselt Thorsten, "Business Model Innovation for Electric Mobility – What Can be Learned from Existing Business Model Patterns?", International Journal of Innovation Management, 17, 1-41

Pero Margherita | Abdelkafi Nizar | Sianesi Andrea | Blecker Thorsten, "A framework for the Alignment of New Product Development and Supply Chains", Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 15, 115-128

Grants, Awards and Honours

  • Best Paper Award at XXVII ISPIM Innovation Conference, Porto, Portugal for the research paper “To standardize or to Patent? Development of a Decision Making Tool and Recommendations for Young Companies”, 19/06/2016 - 22/06/2016

Service to the community

  • Research Associate at the Technische Universität München at the Department of General and Industrial Management , 16/09/2002 - 30/11/2002
  • Research Associate at the University Klagenfurt at the department of Production, Logistics, and Environmental Management, 03/12/2002 - 30/01/2005
  • Research Associate at Hamburg University of Technology, Department of Business Logistics and General Management and at the Center of Advanced Studies at Kühne School of Logistics and Management, 01/02/2005 - 31/08/2010
  • Research Associate at Fraunhofer-Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy (IMW), 30/09/2010 - 30/06/2020
  • Head of unit „Business Model: Engineering and Innovation” at Fraunhofer-Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy (IMW), 30/01/2012 - 30/06/2020
  • Guest Professor (Full) at Leuphana University Luneburg in the area of “Business Model Innovation in E-Mobility for Regional SMEs, 02/02/2015 - 30/07/2015
  • Electronic Markets, Guest-editor of Special Issue on “Research Advances in Multi-sided Platforms” (with Christina Raasch, Angela Roth, and R. Srinivasan) and Sustainability, Guest-editor of special issue "Electronic Markets, Guest-editor of Special Issue "Designing and Implementing Innovative Business Models and Supply Chains: The Digitalization and Sustainability Imperative"

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