Once a year, the Institute of Production and Logistics Management (PLM) at the Johannes Kepler University Linz awards the Günther Zäpfel Master's Thesis Prize for outstanding master's theses in production, logistics and supply chain management.
The award is named after its sponsor, Professor Dr. Günther Zäpfel, who headed the Institute of Production and Logistics Management from 1974 to 2010, first under the name "Institut für Fertigungswirtschaft und Betriebsinformatik" and then under the name "Institut für Industrie und Fertigungswirtschaft" and finally under its current name. He has significantly shaped its quantitative, analytical orientation.
Outstanding master’s theses that were completed at the PLM Institute between May of the previous year and June of the award year and were graded “Sehr gut” can be nominated by the respective supervisor. The proposed theses must have a high scientific level, make a methodological contribution and be of practical relevance. The selection is made together with Professor Zäpfel.