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Professor

Prof. Dr. Kai Förstl

Forschungsschwerpunkte

  • Operations
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. Dr. Kai Förstl ist Professor für Supply Chain Management an der EBS Business School und Leiter der EBS Executive School. Er promovierte an der EBS Universität und widmete sich anschließend als Postdoc der angewandten Forschung am Fraunhofer Center for Applied Research on Supply Chain Services. Vor seiner Rückkehr an die EBS war er in seiner vorherigen Position Professor für Supply Chain Management und Logistik an der German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS), Heilbronn. Während seiner Amtszeit hatte er Gast- und außerordentliche Professuren an der Rutgers Business School in New Jersey, USA, der University of Sussex Business School, Großbritannien, und dem Politecnico di Milano, Italien, inne.

Seine Forschungsinteressen umfassen Global Sourcing, Reshoring und Insourcing, Supply Chain Management Teams und nachhaltiges Supply Chain Management. Seine Forschungsergebnisse wurden in führenden Zeitschriften wie Production and Operations Management (POM), Journals of Supply Chain Management (JSCM) und International Journal of Operations and Production Management (IJOPM) sowie in anderen wissenschaftlichen und Management-Publikationen veröffentlicht. Derzeit ist er in zahlreichen Redaktionsgremien und als Mitherausgeber bei JSCM und IJOPM tätig. Er lehrt Supply Chain Management in den Bachelor- und Masterprogrammen der Universität und betreut Master- und Doktorarbeiten.

Publikationen


  • FRANKE, H., ECKERD, S., FOERSTL, K. (2022). Rising to the Top: Motivational Forces Influencing Status Conflict in Sourcing Teams. Production and Operations Management, 31 (3), 963-983. doi:10.1111/poms.13590.
  • KIM, S., FÖRSTL, K., SCHMIDT, C. G., WAGNER, S. M. (2022). Adoption of green supply chain management practices in multi-tier supply chains: examining the differences between higher and lower tier firms. International Journal of Production Research (IJPR), 60 (21), 6451-6468. doi:10.1080/00207543.2021.1992032.
  • FOERSTL, K., KÄHKÖNEN, A.-K., BLOME, C., GOELLNER, M. (2021). Supply market orientation: A dynamic capability of the purchasing and supply management function. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 26 (1), 65-83. doi:10.1108/SCM-06-2019-0233.
  • FRANKE, H., FOERSTL, K., HEESE, S. (2021). How rational are cross-functional sourcing teams? The interaction effect of goal (mis)alignment and knowledge distribution on team politics and procedural rationality. Decision Science Journal, 52 (2), 331-361. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/deci.12439.
  • FÖRSTL, K., FRANKE, H., ALDEMIR-CATALDO-HERNANDEZ, Z. (2021). What drives managers to insource production? Evidence from a behavioural experiment. European Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 27 (4), 100715. doi:10.1016/j.pursup.2021.100715.
  • FRANKE, H., FÖRSTL, K. (2020). Goals, Conflict, Politics and Performance of Cross-Functional Sourcing Teams – Results from a Social Team Experiment. Journal of Business Logistics, 41 (1), 6-30. 331-361.
  • FRANKE, H., FOERSTL, K. (2020). Understanding Politics in PSM Teams: A Cross-Disciplinary Review and Future Research Directions. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 28 (3), 100608. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pursup.2020.100608.
  • WANG-MLYNEK, L., FOERSTL, K. (2020). Barriers to multi-tier supply chain risk management. International Journal of Logistics Management, 31 (3), 465-487.
  • SCHÜTZ, K., KÄSSER, M., BLOME, C., FÖRSTL, K. (2019). How to achieve cost savings and strategic performance in purchasing simultaneously: A knowledge-based view. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 25 (4), 237-251.
  • HARTMANN, M., LAUBENGAIER, D., FÖRSTL, K. (2019). Live and Let Die: On the Management of Creativity. Technology Innovation Management Review, 9 (10), 16-26.
  • FÖRSTL, K., MEINLSCHMIDT, J., BUSSE, C. (2018). It's a match! Choosing information processing mechanisms to address sustainability-related uncertainty in sustainable supply management. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 24 (3), 204-217.
  • MEINLSCHMIDT, J., FÖRSTL, K., SCHLEPER, M. (2018). Tackling the sustainability iceberg: A transaction cost economics approach to lower tier sustainability management. International Journal of Operations and Production Management. doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-03-2017-0141.
  • FRANKE, H., FÖRSTL, K. (2018). Fostering integrated research on organizational politics and conflict in teams: A cross-phenomenal review. European Management Journal, 36 (5), 593-607.
  • SCHMIDT, C., FÖRSTL, K., SCHALTENBRAND, B. (2017). The Supply Chain Position Paradox: Green Practices and Firm Performance. Journal of Supply Chain Management (formerly: International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management), 53 (1), 3-25. doi:10.1111/jscm.1211.
  • FÖRSTL, K., BUSSE, C., MEINLSCHMIDT, J. (2017). Managing Information Processing Needs in Global Supply Chains: A Prerequisite to Sustainable Supply Chain Management. Journal of Supply Chain Management (formerly: International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management), 53 (1), 87-113. doi:10.1111/jscm.12129.
  • FÖRSTL, K., SCHLEPER, M., BLOME, C. (2017). Antecedents of green supplier championing and greenwashing: An empirical study on leadership and ethical incentives. Journal of Cleaner Production, 152, 339-350.
  • FÖRSTL, K., SCHLEPER, M., HENKE, M. (2017). Purchasing and supply management: From efficiency to effectiveness in an integrated supply chain. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 23 (4), 223-228.
  • FÖRSTL, K., FRANKE, H., ZIMMERMANN, F. (2016). Mediaton effects in the 'purchasing and supply management (PSM) practice-performance link': findings from a meta-analytical structural equation model. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 22 (4), 351-366. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pursup.2016.08.001.
  • FÖRSTL, K., SCHALTENBRAND, B., AZADEGAN, A., LINDERMANN, K. (2016). See What We Want to See? The Effects of Managerial Experience on Corporate Green Investments. Journal of Business Ethics, 134, 1-22. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-016-3191-x.
  • FÖRSTL, K., KIRCHOFF, J., BALS, L. (2016). Reshoring and Insourcing: Drivers and Future Research Directions. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 46 (5), 492-515. doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPDLM-02-2015-0045.
  • BALS, L., KIRCHOFF, J., FÖRSTL, K. (2016). Exploring the Reshoring and Insourcing Decision Making Process: Torward an Agenda for Future Research. Operations Management Research, 9 (3-4), 102-116.
  • FÖRSTL, K., AZADEGAN, A., LEPPELT, T., HARTMANN, E. (2015). Drivers of Supplier Sustainability: Moving Beyond Compliance to Commitment. Journal of Supply Chain Management (formerly: International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management), 51 (1), 67-92. doi:10.1111/jscm.12067.
  • FÖRSTL, K., SCHALTENBRAND, B., KACH, A., MAIER, M. (2015). Toward a deeper understanding of managerial green investment patterns - A USA-Germany comparison. International Journal of Production Research (IJPR), 53 (20), 6242-6262. doi:10.1080/00207543.2015.1047979.
  • FÖRSTL, K., STANCZYK, A., BUSSE, C., BLOME , C. (2015). Global Sourcing Decision Making Processes: Politics, Intuition, and Procedural Rationality. Journal of Business Logistics, 36 (2), 160-181. doi:10.1111/jbl.12090.
  • FÖRSTL, K., ZIMMERMANN, F. (2014). A Meta-Analysis of the “Purchasing and Supply Management Practice–Performance Link”. Journal of Supply Chain Management (formerly: International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management), 50 (3), 37-54. doi:10.1111/jscm.12051.
  • LEPPELT, T., FÖRSTL, K., REUTER, C., HARTMANN, E. (2014). Sustainability management beyond organizational boundaries–sustainable supplier relationship management in the chemical industry. Journal of Cleaner Production, 56, 94-102. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2011.10.011.
  • FÖRSTL, K., HARTMANN, E., WYNSTRA, F., MOSER, R. (2013). Cross-functional integration and functional coordination in purchasing and supply management: Antecedents and effects on purchasing and firm performance. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 33 (6), 689-721. doi:10.1108/IJOPM-09-2011-0349.
  • WUTTKE, D., BLOME, A., FOERSTL, K., HENKE, M. (2013). Managing the innovation adoption of supply chain finance – empirical evidence from six European cases. Journal of Business Logistics, 34 (2), 148-166. doi:10.1111/jbl.12016.
  • FÖRSTL, K., LEPPELT, T., HARTMANN, E. (2013). Corporate Social Responsibility in Buyer-Supplier Relationships: Is it Beneficial for Top-Tier Suppliers to Market their Capability to Ensure a Responsible Supply Chain? Business Research, 6 (2), 126-152. doi:10.1007/BF03342746.
  • FÖRSTL, K., REUTER, C., GOEBEL, P. (2012). The impact of stakeholder orientation on sustainability and cost prevalence in supplier selection decisions. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 18 (4), 270-281. doi:10.1016/j.pursup.2012.06.004.
  • FÖRSTL, K., HOLLOS, D., BLOME, C. (2012). Does sustainable supplier co-operation affect performance? Examining implications for the triple bottom line. International Journal of Production Research (IJPR), 50 (11), 2968-2986. doi:10.1080/00207543.2011.582184.
  • FÖRSTL, K., POHL, M. (2011). Achieving purchasing competence through purchasing performance measurement system design – a multiple-case study analysis. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 17 (4), 231-245.
  • FÖRSTL, K., REUTER, C., HARTMANN, E., BLOME, C. (2010). Managing supplier sustainability risks in a dynamically changing environment – sustainable supplier management in the chemical industry. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 16 (2), 118-130.


  • TATE, W., BALS, L., BALS, C., FÖRSTL, K. (2019). Seeing the forest and not the trees: Learning from nature’s circular economy. Recources, Conservation & Recycling, 149 (10), pp. 115-129.
  • HAHN, G. J., FÖRSTL, K. (2016). Erfolgreiches Management von Prozessinnovationen. GGS Quarterly, 8 (3), pp. 5-11.
  • FÖRSTL, K., MEINLSCHMIDT, J., KIRCHOFF, J. (2015). The Role of Absorptive and Desorptive Capacity in Sustainable Supply Management – A Longitudinal Analysis. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 46 (2), 177-211. doi:https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPDLM-05-2015-0138.
  • FÖRSTL, K., SCHLEPER, M. C. (2015). Nachhaltigkeit entlang der Supply Chain. GGS Quarterly, 7 (3), pp. 4-11.
  • REUTER, C., FÖRSTL, K., HARTMANN, E., BLOME, C. (2010). Sustainable global supplier management: The role of dynamic capabilities in achieving competitive advantage. Journal of Supply Chain Management (formerly: International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management), 46 (2), 45-63.


  • TATE, W., BALS, L., FÖRSTL, K., BALS, C. (2020). Using biomimicry in network research. 31st POMS conference, Minneapolis, United States.
  • TATE, W., BALS, L., BALS, C., FÖRSTL, K. (2018). Seeing the Forest and Not the Trees: Learning from Nature’s Circular Economy. 9th European Decision Sciences Institute (EDSI) Conference, Udine/Venice, Italy.
  • TATE, W., BALS, L., BALS, C., FÖRSTL, K. (2018). Seeing the Forest and Not the Trees: Learning from Nature’s Circular Economy. Management Annual Meeting (AOM), Chicago, USA.
  • TATE, W., BALS, L., FÖRSTL, K., BALS, C. (2018). Seeing the Forest and Not the Trees: Learning from Nature’s Circular Economy. the 27th IPSERA conference, Athens, Greece.
  • BALS, L., TATE, W., FÖRSTL, K., BALS, C. (2017). Transmission in supply chain networks: On the brink to another evolutionary stage?. 8th European Decision Sciences Institute (EDSI) Conference, Granada, Spain.
  • FÖRSTL, K., KIRCHOFF, J., BALS, L. (2015). Reshoring and Insourcing: Drivers and Future Research Directions. DSI Annual Meeting, Seattle, United States.
  • FÖRSTL, K., KIRCHOFF, J., BALS, L. (2015). Towards a Unified Conceptualization of Reshoring and Insourcing Decisions and Their Drivers. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
  • FÖRSTL, K., KIRCHOFF, J., BALS, L. (2015). Towards a unified conceptualization of reshoring and insourcing decisions and directions for future research. 24th Annual IPSERA Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


  • FOERSTL, K., FRANKE, H., ALDEMIR-CATALDO-HERNANDEZ, Z. (2021). . Behavioural Drivers of Insourcing Decision Making: Evidence from a Vignette-based Experiment. Under review at Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management..
  • KIM, S., SCHMIDT, C. G., FOERSTL, K., WAGNER, S. M. (2021). Customer Pressure and the Diffusion of Green Innovation in Multi-Tier Supply Networks: The Mediating Role of Supplier Capabilities. International Journal of Production Research.
  • RONCHINI, A., FOERSTL, K., MORETTO, A., CANIATO, F. (2021). The impact of additive manufacturing on supply chain design, strategy and performance: a systematic literature review International Journal of Production Economics..


  • FRANKE, H., FÖRSTL, K. (2019). Politics in internal integration for supply chain management. In E. Bode C., Bogaschewsky, R., Eßig, M., Lasch, R., Stölzle, W. (Eds.) (pp. 99-105). Springer.
  • WANG, L., FÖRSTL, K., ZIMMERMANN, F. (2017). Supply Chain Risk Management in the Automotive Industry: Cross- Functional and Multi-tier Perspectives. In E. Abele, M. Boltze, H.C. Pfohl (Eds.), Dynamic and Seamless Integration of Production, Logistics and Traffic (pp. 119-144). Springer.
  • SCHLEPER, M., FÖRSTL, K. (2016). Compliance im Kontext nachhaltigen Supply Chain Managements. In M. Schulz (Ed.), Compliance Management im Unternehmen: Strategie und praktische Umsetzung (pp. 86-174). Frankfurt: Deutscher Fachverlag.
  • FÖRSTL, K., MEINLSCHMIDT, J. (2014). Informationsdefizite im Lieferantennetzwerk. In Informationsdefizite im Lieferantennetzwerk (Ed.), FAZ Consulting Band. Kapitel III im Focus: Nachhaltige Supply Chains (pp. 84-91). FAZ Consulting.
  • MEINLSCHMIDT, J., SCHALTENBRAND, B., BUSSE, C., FÖRSTL, K. (2012). Environmental and Sustainable Performance from a Supply Chain Management Perspective. In U. Clausen, M. ten Hompel, & M. Klumpp (Eds.), Efficiency and Logistics (pp. 175-184). Springer.
  • FÖRSTL, K., BLOME, C., HENKE, M., SCHÖNHERR, T. (2011). Towards a supply risk management capability process model: An analysis of what constitutes excellence in supply risk management across different industry sectors. In D.D. Wu, D.L. Olson, J.R. Birge (Eds.), Computational Risk Management (pp. 265-280). Springer.

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