25th & 26th June 2025 in Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Elmar Holschbach

Prof. Dr. Elmar Holschbach

Prof. Dr. Elmar Holschbach

Fachhochschule Südwestfalen

Elmar Holschbach is Professor for Organization and Supply Management at the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences (Meschede). His scientific interests include the question of how purchasing can contribute to more and better innovation in the buying company using agile organizational structures. He studied at the University of Oxford and the University of Sankt Gallen, among others. 

Elmar has fourteen years of professional experience in purchasing and supply chain management. He began his professional career at CLAAS KGaA mbH, where he was responsible for software implementations in the area of eProcurement and supplier integration. He also gained valuable experience in direct and indirect purchasing. He then worked for Capgemini Deutschland GmbH, for whose customers he was responsible for major reorganization projects in supply chain management in Germany and abroad. Finally, at SMA Solar Technology AG, he was responsible for parts of the supply chain management, such as organization, contract and process management as well as SC controlling. 

As management consultant and coach, Elmar helps companies to translate empirical findings into operational and financial performance improvements. In addition, he also supports purchasing start-ups in their strategy development.

Represented in the following tracks at the Procurement Summit:

  • 2024 MAIN STAGE: Procurement Transformation
  • 2023 MATTERHORN MASTERCLASSES: Forging innovation - How can purchasing get more and better innovations from its suppliers?
  • 2023 MATTERHORN MASTERCLASSES: Delivering Value and Competitive Edge through Customized Chatbot Solutions.
  • 2023 MATTERHORN MASTERCLASSES: Digitization can also work in procurement! + in time + in budget + with team spirit +

  • 2023 MATTERHORN MASTERCLASSES: Challenges and technology trends in purchasing, intelligent commodity group management, and generative AI.

  • 2023 MATTERHORN MASTERCLASSES: Cleverly automate purchasing processes with B and C suppliers
  • 2023 MATTERHORN MASTERCLASSES: How can artificial intelligence in Source to Pay systems support Procurement in its increasingly complicated tasks?

  • 2022 MASTERCLASSES: Future-proof purchasing processes with autonomous commerce

  • 2022 MASTERCLASSES: Global B2B IT marketplaces as a future-proof IT hardware procurement strategy

  • 2022 MASTERCLASSES: Why your training procurement is not ready for 2030

  • 2022 MASTERCLASSES: More strategy, more added value: Würth purchasing reloaded

  • 2022 MASTERCLASSES: How much negotiation competence and culture does a professional purchasing organisation need? How is it measured and how can performance be optimised?

  • 2022 MASTERCLASSES: VMS vs. e-procurement – integrate and automate personnel purchasing

  • 2022 MASTERCLASSES: Blockchain for Supply Chain – What a practitioner needs to know!
  • 2022 MASTERCLASSES: Procurement-Exzellenz: Welche Prioritäten dominieren 2022?

  • 2022 MASTERCLASSES: ERP procurement with cloud support

  • 2022 MASTERCLASSES: The new purpose of Procurement
  • 2022 MASTERCLASSES: Mission Impossible. On Target. - Aufbau einer konzernweiten Einkaufslösung in der Baubranche.

  • 2022 MASTERCLASSES: M&A under the lenses of Procurement: Pre-Integration and Post-Integrations Efforts

  • 2021 MASTERCLASSES: Procurement in the future

  • 2021 MASTERCLASSES: Successfully mastering difficult negotiations with monopolists

  • 2021 MASTERCLASSES: Process time analysis of your external workforce: your business case for the implementation of a Managed Service Provision solution

  • 2021 MASTERCLASSES: eProcurement in C-parts management: How to drive transparency in processes and prices efficiently?

  • 2021 MASTERCLASSES: Systematische Beschaffungsstrategien: Mehrwert – bis zur Herrschaft über die Galaxis…


  • 2021 MASTERCLASSES: Blockchain for Supply Chain – What a practitioner needs to know!

  • 2020 MASTERCLASSES: Does agile purchasing really make sense? What we know and how it can be achieved.
  • 2020 MASTERCLASSES: Blockchain: Automation of Purchasing and Logistics Processes

  • 2020 MASTERCLASSES: Digital Transformation of Procurement Analytics: Are You Ready for the Next Generation?

  • 2020 MASTERCLASSES: Procurement 360° at SEW-EURODRIVE: Digital supplier scouting

  • 2020 MASTERCLASSES: Solution Forum: Equal Opportunities for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses! Process Optimization and Document Automation of Business Documents

  • 2020 MASTERCLASSES: Technology and Service Providers’ Panel

  • 2020 MASTERCLASSES: Marketing-Procurement 2020: What You as a Buyer in Marketing Need to Know Today

  • 2020 MASTERCLASSES: How to accelerate your Business Growth through controlled Outsourcing

  • 2020 MASTERCLASSES: Digitization of procurement processes at Flottweg SE, an engineering and manufacturing company.
  • 2020 MASTERCLASSES: Value Added Procurement Transformation

  • 2020 MASTERCLASSES: Digital Procurement – learning from pioneers

  • 2020 MASTERCLASSES: Digital Energy Procurement of Electricity and Gas & Efficient Cloud-Based Energy Data Management

  • 2020 MASTERCLASSES: It’s Time for New Paths: The Future of Negotiations.

  • 2020 ONLINE:

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  • 2020 ONLINE: Smart procurement solutions as a success engine: Procuring knowledge along with digital transformation

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  • 2020 ONLINE: Digital Supplier Scouting

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  • 2020 ONLINE: Risk, Resilience & Sustainable Procurement

  • 2020 ONLINE:
  • 2019 MASTERCLASSES: Agility in procurement

Prof. Dr. Elmar Holschbach and many more register for the Procurement Summit now!