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2011/2012  KAN-SCM_SE54  Sourcing and Supply Chain Management

English Title
Sourcing and Supply Chain Management

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course Period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course Coordinator
  • Peter Holm Andreasen - Department of Operations Management
Peter Holm Andreasen
Main Category of the Course
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the course students must be able to:
  • Identify and analyse the strategic role and position of the supply function in the organisation and how it creates value in the organisation.
  • Compare concepts, theories, models and frameworks in order to analyse strategic supply management and its relation to the organisation and the supply chain.
  • Identify and analyse issues in Global Sourcing in relation to strategic supply.
  • Analyse and compare procurement tools and explain how they can be applied by organisations.
Sourcing and Supply Chain Management:
Assessment Home Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship No censorship
Exam Period April and August
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration 24 Hours
A 24-hour case based written home assignment (max. 10 pages). One examiner will evaluate the papers only.

The exam takes place in April and the exact deadlines are determined by the line secretary.

Course Content

The course focuses on supply as a strategic function and process from a global perspective. Several empirical studies indicate that the sourcing function is in a process towards a more strategic role in the company, which is a major internal and external challenge for a function that previously has been characterised by clerical tasks. The supply function has to work closely with the internal operations of an organisation as well as with external customers and suppliers. Thus, from being associated with price and asset utilisation, today’s supply function is also a proactive part of the wider process of business development such as new product and process development.

Aim of the course
The students receive insight to the supply side of an organisation and the role of sourcing in a global environment. The students gain knowledge on the management and organising of sourcing, procurement tools, actual sourcing practice and future trends especially concerning global sourcing. As companies increasingly demand supply competencies, this course can be seen as a result of this requirement, thus, the student should be prepared to take up the professional procurement role in an organisation.

Teaching Methods
The course includes both theoretical and practitioner-based lectures in combination with exercises and cases. Theoretical lectures provide the concepts to understand sourcing and supply where the practitioner-based lectures aims to put the concepts into a practice context. The teaching includes a high degree of students’ involvement and participation. This is achieved by the combination of dialogue lectures, case discussions, and in class assignments.

Cousins, P.; Lamming, R., Lawson, B.; Squire, B (2008): “Strategic Supply Management Principles, Theories and Practice” Harlow England, Pearson Education Limited, ISBN: 978-0-273-65100-0
Monczka, R. M.; Trent, R. J.; Petersen, K.J.: “Effective Global Sourcing and Supply for Superior Results” Caps Research 2006