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Knut Alicke


Advises companies on supply chain management and digital supply chain transformations and leads the Supply Chain Executive Academy to build client capabilities

Based in the Stuttgart office, Knut is a leader of the firm’s work in manufacturing and supply chain. He advises clients on a variety of topics including supply chain management, digital supply chains and advanced analytics, and supply chain transformations.

Knut has written several articles on subjects related to supply chain, is the author of a highly regarded book on supply chain management, and is a professor at University of Karlsruhe, teaching supply chain management. He is also the global dean of the Supply Chain Executive Academy, delivering change that matters through building client capabilities.

Examples of Knut’s experience include the following:

  • performing supply chain diagnostic and process blueprinting across different industries
  • leading a global supply chain turnaround—including network optimization, sales and operations planning, war room, and warehousing—for more than 20 companies
  • implementing a segmented supply chain to significantly reduce inventory in consumer electronics
  • optimizing lean warehousing and clean sheet network for several companies
  • designing future state and implementing demand planning, inventory optimization, production planning, and supply management

Published Work


Diagnosing the pain in your supply chain,” McKinsey & Company, December 2021

Knut Alicke Partner at McKinsey and Head of Supply Chain Europe, Alcott Global, September 2020


Tech and regionalization bolster supply chains, but complacency looms,” McKinsey & Company, November 2023

Moving supply chain leaders to the C-suite,” McKinsey & Company, May 2023

From Source to Sold, Grammar Factory Publishing, October 2023

Taking the pulse of shifting supply chains,” McKinsey & Company, August 2022

Supply chains: To build resilience, manage proactively,” McKinsey & Company, May 2022

Transforming supply chains: Do you have the skills to accelerate your capabilities?,” McKinsey & Company, March 2022

Autonomous supply chain planning for consumer goods companies,” McKinsey & Company, March 2022

India’s postpandemic logistics sector: The need for technological change,” McKinsey & Company, December 2021

How COVID-19 is reshaping supply chains,” McKinsey & Company, November 2021

Succeeding in the AI supply-chain revolution,” McKinsey & Company, April 2021

How great supply-chain organizations work,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Resetting supply chains for the next normal,” McKinsey & Company, July 2020

Supply-chain recovery in coronavirus times—plan for now and the future,” McKinsey & Company, March 2020

Past Experience

VP, consulting

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Research assistant


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
PhD, logistics