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2013/2014  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 (OM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 05-08-2013
Learning objectives
Upon the completion of the course students should be able to:
  • Analyze practice cases with a synthesized theoretical framework of supply chain strategies
  • Explain the conceptual foundation of supply chain strategies and reflect on future prospects of supply chain management
  • Explain and contrast specific supply chain strategies and discuss their strengths and weaknesses
  • Discuss design criteria and the role of relationships in supply chains
  • Discuss and reflect on the impact of globalization on supply chain strategies
  • Explain and discuss innovation and forces of change in supply chains
Supply Chain Strategies:
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Group exam, max. 3 students in the group
Individual, oral exam based on a group project.
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
Individual oral exam based on group mini-project.
Course content and structure

Based on an introductory discussion of the conceptual foundation of supply chain strategies, the course sets out to discuss specific supply chain strategies, especially lean and agile supply chains. The supply chain strategies are then explored in relation to supply chain design criteria such as transaction costs and core competencies where especially the role of relationships in value creation is discussed. Next, the course addresses contemporary challenges for supply chain strategies namely globalization and environmental and social sustainability. Then the course addresses dynamic aspects of supply chains, including innovation and change. The course concludes with a discussion of future prospects of supply chain management and strategies.

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 05-08-2013