The launching of new products and technologies strongly depends on the availability and the price of the resources required and processes to be implemented. Therefore, strategies for an integrated Resource Management are to be developed within synergetic research projects which interconnect finance, operations and information management while considering basic conditions imposed by material science.
At the Institute of Materials Resource Management, several research groups exist addressing different aspects of an integrated Resource Management described above. Information systems, mainly Management-Support Systems, provide the technical basis for serving as a central nervous system that allows a Risk-/Return-Efficient Management and the development and the implementation of Hedging Strategies. Another area of research deals with advanced planning systems and the configuration and the coordination of sustainable supply chains, concentrating on the development of Closed Loop Supply Chains strategies like recycling, reuse and remanufacturing. In particular, the pricing of remanufactured products has received only little attention so far which leads to the design of the final customer interface and Pricing & Remanufacturing as a different facet of resource management.