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2010/2011  KAN-SCM_SE20  Supply Chain Economics

English Title
Supply Chain Economics

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
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
Kim Sundtoft Hald
Main Category of the Course
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
The course will develop students’ knowledge, skills and competencies in identifying, understanding, quantifying and influencing multiple dimensions of supply chain performance. Resting firmly on an economic rational as well as on social- and organisational theories, students will be trained in making strategic oriented supply chain design decision.

Upon completion of the course students are expected to be able to:
Demonstrate overview of supply chain and supply chain management frameworks/models
Explain how general and concrete supply chains and supply chain management practices can deliver value to involved stakeholders
Define and discuss dimensions of supply chain performance, and develop concrete supply chain performance measures and models
Discuss, compare, select and use accounting techniques and economic-, social- and organisational theories to solve practical empirical supply chain design problems
Discuss, compare, select and use accounting techniques and economic-, social- and organisational theories to evaluate/select suppliers/customers and assess/develop buyer-supplier relationships
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Exam Period December/January
Individual oral exam based on a group mini-project of max. 15 pages per group of 4 students. The mini-project topics can be chosen by the group or are provided by the teacher. The individual student will discuss the project at the exam and questions throughout the course literature can be asked. Deadline for submission of mini-projects is stipulated in the programme guidance notes. The regular examination is held in December, the exact deadlines are determined by the line secretary. The exam is external, cf. the General Degree Regulations § 25, 2
Individual oral exam based on miniprojects in group of 4 students (max. 15 pages).
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

In today’s fast changing and complex business environment, companies must understand the nature and functioning of their supply chains, secure optimal process design, increase their ability to select the right suppliers and customers, access and manage their existing relationships, make better outsourcing and investment decisions, and design supportive supply chain management technologies. These are all issues covered in the four course modules:

Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management.
Supply Chain Cost and Value Management.
Outsourcing, Investments and Capital in Supply Chains.
Supply Chain Performance Management.

Students will gain knowledge on how to understanding supply chain related decision problems from an economic perspective. In addition students will increase their ability to use theory/models to solve empirical problems embedded in an inter-organisational context.

Teaching Methods
Extensive preparation before class by students, lectures, student presentations, and in depth case-discussions/workshops. The use of a discussion oriented teaching style and extensive use of cases will assure a high level of student involvement in the learning process.

Reading list of scientific papers and cases.