Prof. Dr. Gudrun P. Kiesmüller


Operations Management

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Kiesmüller's primary research interests are supply chain management, inventory management, and in particular the management of spare parts inventories. Recent projects also included the planning of maintenance processes and the design of manufacturing systems. In her work also optimization approaches are developed for decision support. Together with different co-authors she has published in leading international journals such as European Journal of Operational Research, IISE Transactions, Production and Operations Management among others.

Prof. Kiesmüller has studied Mathematics at the Julius Maximilians University Würzburg where she also obtained her doctoral degree. Afterwards she joined the Technical University Eindhoven in the Netherlands as a PostDoc and later as an Assistent Professor.  At the Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel she was appointed as a full professor for Supply Chain Management, and at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg for Operations Management. Since 2019 she is a Full Professor for Operations Management at the TUM Campus Heilbronn.


  • Education award (third place) for lectures in the Master's program of the Faculty of Economics and Management at OvGU Magdeburg, (2017) 
  • Outstanding reviewer award of the journal OR spectrum (2017)
  • EURO best paper award for the best EJOR Review Paper (2014)
  • Education award (first place, together with Prof. AG de Kok and Prof. JC Fransoo) for the best Master's course "Supply Chain Operations Planning" TU Eindhoven
  • Education award (second place, together with Dr. Flapper) for the best Bachelor's course TU Eindhoven

G.P. Kiesmüller, J. Zimmermann: “The Influence of Spare Parts Provisioning on Buffer Size in a Tandem System”. IISE Transactions. 2018; 50 (5), 367-380. 


D. Sonntag, G.P. Kiesmüller: “The Influence of Quality Inspections on the Optimal Safety Stock Level”. Production and Operations Management. 2017, 26 (7), 1284-1298. 


K. Inderfurth, G.P. Kiesmüller: “Exact and heuristic linear-inflation policies for an inventory model with random yield and arbitrary lead times”. European Journal of Operational Research. 2015; 245, 109-120.


K.B. Öner, G.P. Kiesmüller, G.J. van Houtum: “Optimization of Component Reliability in the Design Phase of Capital Goods”. European Journal of Operational Research. 2010; 205, 615-624.


G.P. Kiesmüller : “A new approach for controlling a hybrid stochastic manufacturing/remanufacturing system with inventories and different lead times”. European Journal of Operational Research. 2003; 147 (1), 62-71.