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2012/2013  KAN-SCM_SE55  Managing Global Supply Chain Operations

English Title
Managing Global Supply Chain Operations

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
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
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 09-07-2012
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 chains and global supply chain management.
  • Provide theoretical rationale and operationalise different concepts related to uncertainty in cross-boader supply chain operations eg. complexity, risk ect.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the scanning processes, frameworks and information processing requirements for identifying barries and constrains to the management of geographically dispersed supply chains.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of strategic decision-making tasks ans criteria in the design of cross-border value chains and networks.
  • Develop country-oriented supply chain strategies.
  • Evaluate the applicability of typical supply chain strategic choises, configurations and concepts in cross-boader 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:
Type of test Oral Exam
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period Spring Term
Aids Without preparation
Duration 20 Minutes
Course content

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.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. 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 cross-border supply chains, with special focus on logistics and distribution.

The course is relevant in relation to country-orientedsupply 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.
Expected literature

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

Last updated on 09-07-2012