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2011/2012  KAN-SCM_SE58  Supply Chain Strategies

English Title
Supply Chain Strategies

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course Coordinator
  • Britta Gammelgaard - Department of Operations Management
Main Category of the Course
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
Upon the completion of the course students must be able to:
  • Understand and explain different supply chain strategies and how they relate to the environment
  • Discuss strengths and shortcomings of each supply chain strategy
  • Reflect on development and forces of change of strategy
  • Analyze practical cases with a synthesized theoretical framework of supply chain strategies
Supply Chain Strategies:
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship External examiners
Exam Period December/January
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration 20 Minutes
Individual oral examination based on a synopsis (max. 5 pages) written in groups.
Course Content
A core theme in supply chain management is integration of supply chains and processes. One size does, however, not fit all chains and industries. The aim of this course is to develop students´ competencies in identifying, analysing and discussing supply chain strategies and their relevance in a specific situation. The students will further be able to evaluate supply chain strategies, prerequisites and their comparative pros and cons in relation to a concrete context.

Based on a conceptual discussion of what supply chain strategy is and how it relates to corporate strategy, the course will discuss the general issues and concepts inherent in any supply chain strategy. These concepts and issues are responsiveness versus efficiency, speculations versus postponement and integrations plus limits to integration. Then supply chain strategies are discussed from a process perspective. After discussing the general issues inherent in any supply chain strategy, various designs of supply chains are presented and discussed. Such designs include lean supply chains, agile supply chains and mass customization. The course concludes by discussion the spatial aspects of supply chains and how especially globalization impacts present and future supply chain strategies.

Teaching Methods
The teaching method emphasises students´ involvement, participation, reflection and collaboration. Students are trained to understand and analyse literature and cases that highlight real life problem
The study material is a collection of academic articles and case articles primarily from the trade literature. See for example Gammelgaard, Britta (2010):”Supply Chain Strategies”, Bidgoli (ed.): Handbook of Technology Management, Vol. 2, pp 120-131. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.