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2012/2013  KAN-SCM_SE58  Supply Chain Strategies

English Title
Supply Chain Strategies

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
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
  • Britta Gammelgaard - Department of Operations Management
Main Category of the Course
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 09-07-2012
Learning objectives
Upon the completion of the course students must be able to:
  • Understand and discuss strategic perspectives of supply chains, networks and relationships
  • Explain specific supply chain strategies and discuss their strenghs and weaknesses
  • Reflect on development and forces of changes in supply chain strategy
  • Analyze and discuss contemporary issues in supply chain management
  • Analyze practice cases with a synthezied theoretical framework of supply chain strategies
Supply Chain Strategies:
Type of test Oral with Written Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner External examiner
Exam period December/January
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration 20 Minutes
Individual, oral examination based on a group mini-project. Max. 15 pages.
Course content

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 design of supply chains including make-buy decisions, supply chain integration and limits thereto, and responsiveness versus efficiency. Also specific designs such as lean supply chains, agile supply chains are discussed. The course then addresses dynamic aspects of supply chains strategies and management and concludes with contemporary topics within the field such as globalization and CSR.

Teaching methods
Overview lectures, student group presentations of literature and case analyses. Visiting lectures when possible and relevant. The teaching method emphasises students' involvement, participation, reflection and collaboration. Students are trained to understand and analyse literature and cases that highlight real life supply chain strategy issues.
Expected literature
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
Last updated on 09-07-2012