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Year’s 2016 best research, best Master's thesis and best Bachelor's thesis in the field of purchasing and logistics were recognized by LOGY, Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics. Winners were announced and awarded with scholarships at LOGY's autumn meeting in 24th November 2016.
Automotive and transport engineering alumnus Teemu Karppinen from Metropolia was awarded for the best Bachelor's thesis 2016 with his thesis "Enhancing Inventory with a Lean-model". The thesis was instructed by development manager Toni Heikkinen from Transval Ltd and senior lecturer Seppo Leppänen from Metropolia.
Teemu Karppinen’s thesis was commissioned by ABB Oy Motors and Generators Helsinki. The thesis studies the potential cost and time savings of a layout modification for stator frame materials at ABB Oy’s warehouse in Juvanmalmi, Espoo. The thesis is a clear application of the Lean approach for a client company. The amendment was supported by various analyzes and measures were taken into practice. Fixing a Lean-culture into the work environment supports and increases greater efficiency and development of warehouse processes.
Exceptionally, also another thesis from University of applied Sciences was awarded. Martta Laitinen, Master of Business Administration from Metropolia, received a special recognition and award for her Master’s thesis "Developing a Supplier Sustainability Program in the ICT industry". Laitinen's Master’s thesis was instructed by senior lecturer Kaija Haapasalo.
Martta Laitinen's thesis deals with a topical issue; procurement responsibility is currently featured internationally in many companies and forums of the logistics industry. The responsibility program created in this thesis defines e.g. how the supply chain responsibility should be measured and how to deal with ad hoc situations, as well as to identify risks and their probability. It also provides a tool for the company's internal division of roles and responsibilities.
According to the jury, the theory, research and analysis in the thesis are very versatile and consistently implemented and justified, and the results achieved are relevant and significant for the development of procurement. Based on the research it can be said that the vast majority of consumers want companies to act responsibly and that responsible supply chains enable businesses to achieve economic benefits. The thesis was a clear case study of a new and important topic, and well implemented in practice.
Senior Lecturer Kaija Haapasalo
Senior Lecturer Seppo Leppänen