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2011/2012  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 - Department of Operations Management
Aseem Kinra
Main Category of the Course
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
The learning objectives of this course center on understanding, explaining and formulating issues related to the management of global supply chain operations. Upon course completion students should be able to:
  • • Comprehensively conceptualize and define global supply chain management.
  • • Provide theoretical rationale and operational 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 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.
Managing Global Supply Chain Operations:
Assessment Oral Exam
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period Spring Term
Aids Without preparation
Duration 20 Minutes
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.