DFG-Ramp-Up Management



Peter Letmathe



+49 241 80-96164



Ramp-up time marks the period between the completion of the product development and the achievement of the aimed capacity utilization. A new or modified product, formerly in development stage, is now converted to mass production.


Due to start-up dynamics many decisions have to be made within a short period of time. Nevertheless the quality of those decisions should not be affected. The ability to act is furthermore influenced by a high level of multidisciplinarity, caused by decision-makers of different fields, such as production, logistics or planning. Their actions may interact, leading to interdependences between those actions.

Dynamics, multidisciplinarity and interdependence lead to a high level of complexity.
Complexity itself results in instability. The aimed ramp-up features are above acceptable margins. This leads to a loss of efficiency and effectiveness, which may let the start-up fail.


At the Chair of Management Accounting

The Chair is involved in the ‘Graduiertenkolleg Ramp-up Management’, sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Aim of the currently conducted second research period is to further process the given results of the first period, particularly emphazising instability.

To control and reduce instability, its fundamental cause, complexity, has to be tackled. The ‘Graduiertenkolleg’ wants to enable an organizations ramp-up management, by decentralized improvement of individual decisions, to structure start-ups more successful.

The Chair of Management Accounting focuses on the understanding of learning processes within the start-up. In particular, to support start-up time, cost and quality aims, the question, how to reorganize learning processes and environment is raised. Recommended actions to organize and structure such learning processes shall be derived. The hypotheses are verified by laboratory experiments.