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2010/2011  KAN-SCM_SE54  Sourcing and Supply Chain Management

English Title
Sourcing and Supply Chain Management

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
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
Main Category of the Course
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
Aim of the course
The students receive insight to the supply side of an organisation and the role of sourcing in a global environment. The students gain knowledge on the management and organising of sourcing, procurement tools, actual sourcing practice and future trends especially concerning global sourcing. As companies increasingly demand supply competencies, this course can be seen as a result of this requirement, thus, the student should be prepared to take up the professional procurement role in an organisation.

Upon completion of the course students must be able to:
Identify and analyse the strategic role and position of the supply function in the organisation and how it creates value in the organisation
Compare concepts, theories, models and frameworks in order to analyse strategic supply management and its relation to the organisation and the supply chain
Identify and analyse issues in Global Sourcing in relation to strategic supply
Analyse and compare procurement tools and explain how they can be applied by organisations
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Exam Period April and August
The exam is based on a written 24-hours take home individual case exam with a maximum of 10 pages. The exam is internal and graded by the examiner(s) alone, cf. the General Degree Regulations § 25, 1. The exam’s point of departure is a case description followed by questions which broadly aims to encompass the learning objectives. The exam takes place in April and the exact deadlines are determined by the line secretary
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

The course focuses on supply as a strategic function and process from a global perspective. Several empirical studies indicate that the sourcing function is in a process towards a more strategic role in the company, which is a major internal and external challenge for a function that previously has been characterised by clerical tasks. The supply function has to work closely with the internal operations of an organisation as well as with external customers and suppliers. Thus, from being associated with price and asset utilisation, today’s supply function is also a proactive part of the wider process of business development such as new product and process development.

Teaching Methods
In this course, sourcing & supply management relate to its practical application. The process of learning includes models, concepts and research studies from the field. Importantly, cases and special workshops with the participation of external quest lecturers are practiced in order to give the students a picture of how procurement practice works. The teaching includes a high degree of student involvement and participation. This is achieved by the combination of dialogue lectures and case discussions but in particular the workshops.

Cousins, P.; Lamming, R., Lawson, B.; Squire, B (2008): “Strategic Supply Management Principles, Theories and Practice” Harlow England, Pearson Education Limited, ISBN: 978-0-273-65100-0
Monczka, R. M.; Trent, R. J.; Petersen, K.J.: “Effective Global Sourcing and Supply for Superior Results” Caps Research 2006