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2013/2014  KAN-SCM_SE55  Managing Global Supply Chain Operations

English Title
Managing Global Supply Chain Operations

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
  • Aseem Kinra - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Aseem Kinra
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 06-08-2013
Learning objectives
The learning objectives of this course center on understanding, explaining and formulating issues related to the management of global supply chains.
Upon course completion students should be able to:
  • Conceptualize and define global supply chains and global supply chain management
  • Provide theoretical rationale and operationalise different concepts related to uncertainty in cross-border supply chain operations e.g. complexity, risk etc.
  • Evaluate the scanning processes, frameworks and information processing requirements for identifying barriers and constraints to the management of geographically dispersed supply chains
  • Discuss strategic decision-making tasks and criteria in the design of cross-border value chains and networks
  • Evaluate the applicability of typical supply chain strategic choices, configurations and concepts in cross-border operations
  • Develop country-oriented supply chain strategies, and reflect upon managing global supply chain operations of the future
Managing Global Supply Chain Operations:
Examination form Oral Exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Duration 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Spring Term
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Closed Book
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The aim of this course is to familiarise students with the management of supply chains in a global environment, where actors and flows are geographically dispersed in different parts of the world.The area of global supply chains provides a wealth of opportunities in the quest for understanding the phenomenon of supply chains, supply chain orientation and supply chain management. Geographically dispersed operations are related to uncertainty, costs and risks at different levels of analysis. Students will receive an in-depth insight into the theory behind global supply chain management, challenges and opportunities in globally dispersed operations, and strategic considerations for the design and management of cross-border supply chains, with special focus on logistics and distribution.

The course is relevant in relation to country-orientedsupply and demand market specificities in supply chain strategy formulation, and design criteria related to site location, transport mode selection etc. Some of the central issues of this course are: theoretical underpinnings for ‘global’ supply chain management; sources of uncertainty in extended operations; barriers, constraints and challenges to cross-border information exchange, physical flows and other supply chain flows; country-based SCM systems and practices; strategic decisions in global supply chain design.

Teaching methods
The course includes dialogue lectures, case discussions, in-class & group assignments and guest lectures. At its commencement, the course first aims to set the theoretical foundation for the management of global operations, and then seeks to invoke concepts, methods and tools that aid in conceptualising specific problems related to global operations at each stage of the supply chain. The main principle behind the learning process is to promote the learning and application of theory and concepts in a way that is practicable and easy to use.
Expected literature

A reading list containing selected book chapters, cases and articles from reputed academic journals.

Last updated on 06-08-2013