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2010/2011  KAN-SCM_SE55  Managing Global Supply Chain Operations

English Title
Managing Global Supply Chain Operations

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
Aseem Kinra
Main Category of the Course
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
Aim of the course
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. 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 global supply chains, with special focus on logistics and distribution.

The learning objectives of this course centre on understanding, explaining and formulating issues related to the management of global supply chains.
Upon course completion students should be able to:
Comprehensively conceptualize and define global supply chain management
Provide theoretical rationale and operationalise different concepts related to uncertainty in global supply chain operations e.g. complexity, risk etc.
Demonstrate knowledge of frameworks that aid in identifying barriers and constraints to the management of global supply chains
Develop country-oriented supply chain strategies for designing and managing product and information flows
Demonstrate the use of design criteria for strategic decision-making tasks
Evaluate the applicability of supply chain initiatives such as Lean and Agile, and other traditional SC concepts in extended supply chain operations.
Students not having a basic SCM background are required to read a ground textbook within SCM before starting this course.
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Exam Period Spring Term
The regular examination is held in week 13 and is of the individual oral exam (without preparation time) type, where the student draws a question. The student must be prepared to answer questions about the entire syllabus in general (the overall connections and points) as well as about details from individual aspects of the syllabus. The exact dates for the exam are determined by the line secretary. The exam is internal with examiner(s) and internal second examiners, cf. the General Degree Regulations § 25, 1
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

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. The course is relevant in relation to supply 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.

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