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2014/2015  BA-BISHO2001U  Operations and Logistics Management

English Title
Operations and Logistics Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Autumn, First Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in International Shipping and Trade
Course coordinator
  • Britta Gammelgaard - Department of Operations Management (OM)
The course will be taught by Dr. Jawwad Raja.
Main academic disciplines
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 17-07-2014
Learning objectives
At the end of the course, the students must be able to:
  • Explain and discuss the concepts and theories for operations and logistics in operations and logistics
  • Explain the concept of supply chain management in relation to a specific product, company activities and the flow of goods
  • Analyze the difficulties, challenges of international operations and logistics
  • Apply relevant concepts and theories to analyze a supply chain in particular a supply chain including the shipping industry
Operations and Logistics Management:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 72 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period October and Autumn Term, The regular examination will take place in October. The make-up and retake examination will take place in January.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
The course will provide the students with an understanding of how the principles, theories and concepts of operations and logistics management can be used to improve operational effectiveness within the shipping industry. The task of managing a firm involves making tradeoffs among a range of interrelated decisions which have a major impact on performance. This task is key for any organization and is what Operations Management is concerned with - the activity of managing the resources of the organization that deliver goods and services. Logistics management deals with the supply chain that plans, implements and controls the flow and storage of goods, products and services and related information to meet customers’ needs. The course will discuss various themes and problems involving strategic as well as operational and logistics managerial activities such as:.  
  • Introduction to Operations and Logistics management in Shipping
  • Operations and logistics strategy in shipping
  • Managing capacity
  • Managing supplier relationships
  • Managing container terminals
  • Transportations operations
  • Planning and Managing Inventory
  • Lean operations and Just In Time
  • Supply chain integration of shipping companies
  • Developing line service networks in container shipping
  • Logistics strategies in container shipping
  • Tanker shipping logistics
  • Port operations
  • Logistics customer service
  • Logistics information technology
  • Human resources and logistics
  • Global logistics
  • Reverse and sustainable logistics
Teaching methods
The course builds on both conceptual frameworks for operations and logistics management as well as quantitative tools and techniques for solving operations problems. The course will consist of lectures, case discussions, group presentations and workshops. Active preparation and participation are expected from the students.
Student workload
Lectures + workshops 42 hours
Preparation for class, approx. 92 hours
Exam 72 hours
Expected literature
Alderton, P. (2013). Port management and operations. Taylor & Francis.
Caputo, A. C., Fratocchi, L., & Pelagagge, P. M. (2005). A framework for analysing long-range direct shipping logistics. Industrial Management & Data Systems, 105(7), 876-899.
House, D. J. (2005). Cargo work for maritime operations. Routledge.
Kim, K., & Günther, H. O. (2006). Container terminals and cargo systems. Berlin: Springer.
Lai, K. K., Lam, K., & Chan, W. K. (1995). Shipping container logistics and allocation. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 687-697.
Lun, Y. V., Lai, K. H., & Cheng, T. E. (2010). Shipping and logistics management. London: Springer.
Lyridis, D. V., Fyrvik, T., Kapetanis, G. N., Ventikos, N., Anaxagorou, P., Uthaug, E., & Psaraftis, H. N. (2005). Optimizing shipping company operations using business process modelling. Maritime Policy & Management, 32(4), 403-420.
Slack, N., Brandon-Jones, A., & Johnston, R. (2011). Essentials of operations management. Financial Times Prentice Hall.
Slack, B., & Frémont, A. (2005). Transformation of port terminal operations: from the local to the global. Transport Reviews, 25(1), 117-130.
Song, D. W., & Panayides, P. (2012). Maritime Logistics: A Complete Guide to Effective Shipping and Port Management. Kogan Page Publishers.
Stahlbock, R., & Voß, S. (2008). Operations research at container terminals: a literature update. Or Spectrum, 30(1), 1-52.
Last updated on 17-07-2014