The mobility turnaround can be learned

Insights into the Executive MBA Mobility Transformation of the TU Wien Academy

The mobility of the future should be innovative, sustainable and as emission-free as possible. This is the only way we will be able to make a relevant contribution to CO2 reduction. At TU Wien Academy for Continuing Education (ACE), the Executive MBA Mobility Transformation is offered, in which forward-looking technologies, sustainable infrastructure and modern management strategies are taught.

How would you define ’Mobility Transformation’ and why is it relevant today?

Sandra Stein: Mobility Transformation refers to the "mobility revolution"--a fundamental change in how people and goods move through our transport network. In the context of climate change, mobility must be made more efficient, sustainable, safe, and accessible to significantly reduce CO2 emissions. This encompasses technological, societal, economic, and especially ecological aspects, all’of which are holistically covered in our Executive MBA.

What topics and content are covered in the ’Mobility Transformation’ MBA program at TU Wien?

Sandra Stein: We take a holistic approach to mobility, structuring our program into three complementary content blocks. In "Mobility Technologies," we address zero-emission propulsion technologies and automated driving. This is closely linked to mobility infrastructure, focusing on sustainable transport networks, charging infrastructure, and sustainable multimodal freight transport. The program is rounded out by "Platforms & Business Models," where we explore digitalization aspects in passenger and freight transport and teach innovative business models around mobility.

Who is the MBA program particularly suitable for?

Sandra Stein: The program is ideal for intrinsically motivated individuals who want to make a difference! Whether or not they have prior expertise, the key is the desire to contribute to climate-friendly mobility. We have had both career changers and experts participate in our program.

What specific skills and knowledge do students acquire in this program?

Sandra Stein: Students learn, for example, how to apply the GLEC Framework to calculate logistics emissions according to ISO 14083 and make sustainable transport decisions based on this. They also get to know the concept of the Physical Internet, an innovative global logistics system that represents a paradigm shift in how goods are transported, stored, and distributed.

What career opportunities open up for graduates of the program?

Sandra Stein: Almost all graduates have experienced a career boost or changed jobs after completing the Executive MBA. Most are now in responsible positions in the mobility sectors of large national or international companies.

How does the concept of the Physical Internet influence the future of transport logistics?

Sandra Stein: The Physical Internet is a vision for a highly connected, standardized, and efficient transport logistics system. By utilizing IoT and promoting collaboration and standardization, companies can increase efficiency, reduce costs, and minimize environmental impacts. Implementing this concept requires close cooperation among various stakeholders, including manufacturing and transport companies, governments, research institutions, and investments in infrastructure and technology. If these challenges are met, the Physical Internet has the potential to revolutionize transport logistics and pave the way for sustainable and future-proof mobility.

What role do collaborative transport networks play in modern logistics?

Sandra Stein: Collaborative transport networks are a key element of the Physical Internet. They enable companies to share resources, information, and infrastructure to improve efficiency, flexibility, and sustainability. Important aspects include reducing emissions through fewer empty runs by bundling, optimizing route planning through shared data and route information, and using digital platforms and networks to facilitate information exchange and coordination among partners.

How can integrated transport and production planning improve efficiency in the logistics industry?

Sandra Stein: Integrated transport and production planning offers significant efficiency gains through better resource utilization, cost reduction, and increased flexibility and customer satisfaction. By using IoT devices and closely coordinating production and logistics, companies can enhance their competitiveness while achieving their sustainability goals. Implementing such integrated planning requires careful planning, appropriate IT systems, and close collaboration between various departments and partners in the supply chain.

What are the most exciting trends and innovations in mobility and logistics covered in the program?

Sandra Stein: We cover the Physical Internet, new propulsion technologies, innovative digitalization concepts, micro-hub concepts, new delivery models for urban logistics, and have guest experts discussing their current projects.

Can you tell us more about the "PhysICAL - Physical Internet through cooperative Austrian Logistics" mobility flagship project and its goals?

Sandra Stein: The PhysICAL project lays the necessary groundwork for the widespread implementation of the Physical Internet in Austria-to protect the climate and enhance transport logistics efficiency. We are developing application possibilities in four different pilots. We aim to demonstrate that the Physical Internet offers economic advantages to the Austrian transport industry and provides ecological and socio-economic benefits to society. However, widespread implementation requires further development, such as providing open information systems like platforms, advancing intelligent transport units, and the necessary infrastructure.

How important is interdisciplinary collaboration in mobility research and development?

Interdisciplinary collaboration is crucial for success in mobility research and development. It allows for a comprehensive view of complex challenges, the development of innovative solutions, increased societal acceptance, and the creation of sustainable and economically viable mobility systems. When different disciplines are considered together and synergies are promoted, technological, organizational, and socially sustainable mobility solutions can be developed.

Can you provide an example from your research that was particularly fascinating or surprising?

Sandra Stein: Ten years ago, we developed a model for integrated production and logistics planning. Unfortunately, the publicly available solvers at that time were not powerful enough, resulting in solutions being available only 24 hours later. We needed them within an hour-something that is possible with today’s solutions!

Thank you for the interview.

The Executive MBA Mobility Transformation is aimed at all people who want to deal with the future of mobility and are interested in developing innovative, emission-free mobility solutions.

Next program start October 10, 2024 (application deadline September 8, 2024) Curious? On June 24, there will be a Meet & Greet with course director and interview partner Sandra Stein.

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Dr. Sandra Stein leitet den Bereich Forschung bei der Fraunhofer Austria Researc h GmbH. Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte sind Transportlogistik, insbesondere Physical Internet , kollaborative Transportnetzwerke, integrierte Transportund Produktionsplanung, FTI in der Logistik, Logistik- Cluster , die sich in einer Vielzahl an Publikationen widerspiegeln. Sie leitet diverse öffentlich geförderte Projekte, wie z.B. das Österreichische Mobilitäts-Leitprojekt ,, PhysICAL - Physical Internet through cooperative Austrian Logistics ".