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2011/2012  KAN-SCM_SE21  Performance Management in Supply Networks and Relationships

English Title
Performance Management in Supply Networks and Relationships

Course Information

Language English
Point 15 ECTS (450 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 - Department of Operations Management
Main Category of the Course
  • Management
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
Upon the completion of the course students must be able to:
  • Discuss the scope and boundaries of supply chain management.
  • Identify and describe different types of supply networks, supply chains and supply relationships.
  • Discuss and map supply processes and the fundamental trade-offs involved in process design.
  • Identify and describe dimensions of supply network- and supply relationship performance.
  • Use assessments and management accounting techniques to make supply network- and supply relationship design decisions.
  • Use performance measurement and supplier evaluation techniques to control supply networks and supply relationships.
  • Analyse and suggest strategies to respond to supply chain risk.
  • Identify issues of supply chain sustainability and explain how such issues can be addressed.
  • Reflect on theories used in the course and their ability to help analyse specific case situation.
  • Formulate relevant research questions, apply the case based research method and analyse concrete case situations relevant to the course.
Performance Management in Supply Networks and Relationships:
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship External examiners
Exam Period December/January
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration 20 Minutes
Individual oral exam based on miniprojects in group of max. 4 students (max. 15 pages), external evaluation.
Course Content
The overall aim of the course is to develop students’ competencies in managing performance in supply networks and supply relationships. Performance management in turn is concerned with how supply managers can use different types of assessments and accounting data to make strategic oriented design decisions and control their supply networks and supply relationships. Specifically, and resting firmly on an economic rational, management accounting theory as well as on social- and organisational theories, students will be able to discuss, measure, use and respond to multiple dimensions of supply network- and supply relationship performance.

The course is structured around a set of in class lectures. Each lecture (3-6 hours) will have a unique thematisation aligned with the overall “performance management in supply networks and relationships” framing. A basic understanding of supply chain management and types of supply networks, supply relationships and process structures will be provided. Theories will be introduced that can help us understand and assess dimensions of supply networks and supply relationships. Dimensions include but are not limited to: Supply network complexity; Supply network centrality; Supply network formalisation; Trust; Dependence and levels of buyer-supplier perceived value and attractiveness. Different management accounting techniques such as activity based costing and target cost management, will be presented and discussed. In addition, a thematisation on the dimensions of supply chain performance such as supply chain costs, efficiency, effectiveness, levels of supply risk, environmental and social supply performance and how they can be influenced will be provided.
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.