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2012/2013  KAN-CM_T86  Designing and Managing the Supply Chain

English Title
Designing and Managing the Supply Chain

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Chiara Gobbi - Department of Operations Management
Chiara Gobbi
Main Category of the Course
  • Management
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
  • Organization
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
Last updated on 02-03-2012
Learning objectives
Upon completion of the course, students must prove they have a clear view of the supply chain as a complex and dynamic system, show they master the knowledge of the relevant areas on supply chain design and management, are able to identify the main issues and suggests ways to solve them. Furthermore it is required to define the scope and limitations of supply chain design and management and critically expose limitations and constrains.
  • Provide an overview of the scope of supply chain design and management
  • Structure supply chain design and mangement into its major building blocks
  • Master tools and methodologies for solving real life problems in supply chain design and management
Designing and Managing the Supply Chain
Designing and Managing the Supply Chain:
Type of test Oral Exam
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period Autumn Term and December/January
Aids Closed Book
Duration 20 Minutes

oral exam with synopsis
Course content

The course deals with the design and management of the supply chain with the main goal to provide efficiency and effectiveness across the entire chain. Today’s supply chains are characterized by the presence of many different actors and processes which have to be coordinated in order to avoid excessive inventories, inefficient capacity utilization and poor customer service. Therefore supply chain actors should not act in isolation; on the contrary they should cooperate and collaborate in order to share risks and minimize costs while satisfying customer demand.
The course trains students to consider a total system wide approach towards the supply chain, accounting for the complexity and dynamism of the supply chain where actors might have contrasting objectives.
The course presents the main concepts and strategies for the following areas of supply chain management:

  • Inventory management and risk pooling
  • Network planning
  • Supply contracts
  • Information sharing
  • Supply chain integration
  • Distribution strategies
  • Strategic alliances
  • Procurement and outsourcing strategies
  • Global logistics and risk management
  • Coordinated product and supply chain design
  • Customer value creation
  • Smart pricing
  • Information technology and business processes.
Teaching methods
Lectures in combination with cases.
The relevant supply chain design and management concepts are introduced and discussed. With the help of cases students will gain valuable insights. The teaching method should assure students involvement and participation. This is achieved by the use of cases and in class assignments. They are also offered the possibility to train their competences of working in study groups and provide oral presentations.
Further Information
The course is not offered to the students of the Supply Chain Management line.
Expected literature

Title: Designing & Managing The Supply Chain
Concepts, Strategies and Cases, 3rd edition
Authors: David Simchi-Levi, Sally Kaminsky, Edith Simchi-Levi
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Company
ISBN: 007298239x

Supplementary literature (journal articles) will be provided for each class. Students are encouraged to read the material for reference
and class discussion.

Last updated on 02-03-2012