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2012/2013  KAN-CM_T68  International Logistics Management

English Title
International Logistics Management

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Course period Autumn, First Quarter
Changes in course schedule may occur
Tuesday 09.50-12.25, week 35-38, 40-41
Thursday 13.30-16.05, week 35,36
Thursday 16.15-19.00, week 38
Thursday 14.25-17.00, week 39
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Max. participants 100
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Course coordinator
    Aseem Kinra - Department of Operations Management
Administration: Malindi Wilks - maw.om@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Management
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
  • Organization
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
Last updated on 27-06-2012
Learning objectives
Upon course completion, the individual student should be able to demonstrate knowledge on the different supply chain functions, activities and processes in a global environment, while at the same time being able to relate to the broader supply chain design and management issues. The goals of this course in relation to what the students will achieve on completion are that students:
  • can identify and illustrate the basic flows and problems that logistics and supply chain management solve in an international environment
  • can enumerate, describe and offer remedy for different conditions that set the context for managing the global supply chain e.g. risk and sustainability
  • can enumerate and describe the different processes, activities and considerations with respect to each supply chain function e.g. procurement, production, logistics and distribution
  • can identify and contrast the different strategies that are applicable in the design of supply chains
  • can reflect on the most prominent theories and dilemmas in international logistics and SCM
This is a CEMS accredited course. It can be followed by master level and exchange students. The course is closed for students already enrolled in the cand.merc. SCM line at CBS.
Individual oral exam, without preparation time
International Logistics Management:
Type of test Oral Exam
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period Autumn Term and October, Week 43
Aids Without preparation
Duration 20 Minutes

Course content

An increasing level of internationalization has moved the focus from national to international logistics and other value chain activities. On the supply side, local or domestic suppliers have been replaced by a complicated pattern of international sourcing. The organization and management of production processes has changed into more flexible and specialized forms. New inter-organizational relationships between firms in vertical systems are emerging. On the demand side international markets have become more important, and many companies are reconfiguring their international logistics systems. International competition has forced companies to be both market/customer oriented and cost effective at the same time. Mass customization, flexibility and time compression are keywords in this development.

The scope of the supply chain spans the entire set of organizations from the procurement of materials and product components to delivery of the finished product to the end consumer.  In a global context this means that sourcing, production and distribution have to take into account differences and similarities between various markets. This includes transport systems, distribution channels, communication systems, competition, and technology. Both logistics and supply chain management are key within these developments. While scm focusses on the design of various flows (e.g. flows of goods, information and nominal goods) between a point of origin and a point of consumption, logistics helps to solve specific connection problems. Both resolve problems that can refer to technical as well as organizational issues, depending on the level of analysis.

The aim of the course is to give students knowledge and understanding of the global supply chain in a dynamic, international environment, and to enable students to analyze and evaluate alternative ways of organizing and managing its value networks and systems. The course will focus on concepts, structures, network relationships and processes in global logistics and supply chain management. The typical problems, which occur in these networks, are challenging potential thesis topics of theoretical and practical interest. Supply Chains and logistics networks pose transaction cost, resource allocation, network design and flow optimization decisions.


Some of the central issues of the course are:

- The concepts of logistics and supply chain management

- Structuring the global supply chain

- Inter-organizational relationships in the global supply chain

- Development of global supplier strategies and networks

- Logistics information systems and standard applications

- Third party logistics

- Logistics excellence as a competitive strategy

Teaching methods
The course includes dialogue lectures, case-based teaching, in-class assignments and guest speakers. Students are encouraged to participate in group discussion and presentation, and to develop their overall analytical skills.
Expected literature

Mandatory Literature:

  • Course book: Skjøtt-Larsen, T., Schary, P.B., Mikkola, J.H. and Kotzab, H. (2007), Managing the Global Supply Chain(MGSC). 3nd edition. Copenhagen Business School Press, Copenhagen 2007. 
  • Reading list: additional readings in the form of articles and cases will be assigned during the course.
Last updated on 27-06-2012