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2013/2014  KAN-SCM_SE54  Sourcing and Supply Management

English Title
Sourcing and Supply Management

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
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 (OM)
Peter Holm Andreasen
Main academic disciplines
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 06-08-2013
Learning objectives
The course focuses on supply as a process and profession in the organisation and aims to give students insight into the increasing important role of managing sourcing and supply in the organisation in a global perspective. The student should gain knowledge on the management and organising of sourcing, supply management tools, and contemporary sourcing practices. As companies increasingly demand supply competencies this course aims to provide understanding between the concepts and theories of sourcing and supply management and how it is applied in companies.

Upon completion of the course students must be able to:
  • Identify and analyse the strategic role of the supply process and profession in the organisation and how it creates value in the organisation
  • Apply and organise relevant techniques and decisions in order to carry out a sourcing process
  • Examine and analyse the demands placed on sourcing and supply professionals by business stakeholders internally and externally to the firm
  • Compare concepts, models and frameworks in order to analyse sourcing and supply management practices and their relation to the organisation and the supply chain
  • Analyse and compare supply management tools and explain why and how they can be applied by organisations
  • Identify and analyse global sourcing issues in in relation to strategic supply
Sourcing and Supply Management:
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 24 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period April and August
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The course focuses on supply management as professional entity carrying out processes in the organisation where the supply organisation has to work closely with the organisation’s internal operations as well as externally with suppliers. The course aims to capture and understand how to manage sourcing and supply practices providing the students with concepts and tools. Hence, the course starts with introducing various aspects of carrying out sourcing processes in the organisation followed by the specific role of the supply organisation connecting supply and demand. The latter involves for example how to organise supply, contract management, cost management, and procurement of services.

Teaching methods
The course includes theoretical-based lectures providing the concepts to understand sourcing and supply management in combination with exercises and cases which aims to put the concepts into a concrete 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.
Expected literature

Handfield et al (2011). Sourcing and supply chain management. U. st: South-Western Cengage Learning. ISBN: 9781111532819.
A list with supplementary literature (journal articles) will be provided closer to the course start.

Last updated on 06-08-2013