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2014/2015  KAN-CCMVI2015U  Sustainable SCM and reverse logistics

English Title
Sustainable SCM and reverse logistics

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration Summer
Course period Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Course instructor - Dr. Jim Stock, University of South Florida
    Patricia Plackett - MPP
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Ethics, value based management and CSR
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Last updated on 12-02-2014
Learning objectives
At the end of the course the student should be able to:
  • Explain concepts, theories, models and frameworks used in the strategic management of supply chains specifically focusing on reverse logistics and sustainability considerations.
  • Analyze different approaches used by companies for managing supply chains in terms of reverse logistics and sustainability.
  • Describe best practice examples that illustrate reverse logistics and sustainability strategies for supply chain management.
Course prerequisites
Basic core master’s level courses specifically in marketing and finance.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 1
Compulsory assignments (assessed approved/not approved)
Mandatory Mid-term Assignment: An individually prepared assignment to be submitted online involving a SWOT analysis of a case.
4-hour Written Examination:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below and the exam plan/guidelines for further information:
  • Allowed dictionaries
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Course content and structure
This course will focus on reverse logistics and sustainability considerations. Two-thirds of the course will address considerations related to reverse logistics and the remaining one-third will focus on sustainability topics. The treatment of reverse logistics will address process mapping, ‘make or buy’ decisions and types of reverse logistics and their cost and revenue implications. The treatment of sustainability will include sustainability reporting that will cover such topics as ISO1400 and supply chain management issues. Case studies of best practices will be introduced to provide insights on energy and environmental implications of specific practices related to both reverse logistics and sustainability. In addition to the Mandatory Mid-term Assignment based on a case (described above) there will be a Preliminary Assignment that involves a SWOT analysis of a case. 
Class Schedule
Class 1Introduction – course overview, definitions
Class 2Reverse logistics process, elements, examples
Class 3Preliminary Assignment on reverse logistics
Class 4Components of reverse logistics
Class 5Mandatory Mid-term Assignment – case with questions
Class 6Disposition options
Class 7Miscellaneous topics, e.g., marketing & financial implications, employee issues, locational decisions, etc.
Class 8Sustainability- definitions, concepts, reporting
Class 9Components of sustainability reporting, government regulations & compliance
Class 10Case discussion focused on reverse logistics and sustainability
Class11Comprehensive Review
Teaching methods
Lectures, case study discussion, personal applications discussion.
Further Information
Preliminary Assignment: To help students get maximum value from ISUP courses, instructors provide a reading or a small number of readings or video clips to be read or viewed before the start of classes with a related task scheduled for class 3 in order to 'jump-start' the learning process.
Expected literature
“The 2013 Sustainability Leaders,” White Paper, GlobeScan and SustainAbility, (2013), available from www.globescan.com.
Going Backwards:  Reverse Logistics Trends and Practices, by Dale S. Rogers & Ronald S. Tibben-Lembke (1998), 283 pages, available for free download at http:/​/​rlec.org/​reverse.pdf.
“2013 Retail Sustainability Report:  Fueling Continuous Development,” White Paper (2013), 46 pages, available from http:/​/​www.rila.org/​sustainability/​sustreport/​sustainabiity-report-landing-page/​Documents/​RetailSustainabilityReport/​pdf.
“Recovering Lost Profits by Improving Reverse Logistics,” by Curtis Greve and Jerry Davis, White Paper (2012), available from http:/​/​www.ups.com/​media/​en/​Reverse_Logistics_wp.pdf.
“Integrating Environmental Management and Supply Chain Strategies,” by Robert Handfield, Robert Sroufe and Steven Walton, Business Strategy and the Environment, Vol. 14 (2005), pp. 1-19.
“Lean and Green:  How Sustainable Practices are Changing Retail,” White Paper, Retail Systems Research LLC (2010), permission to copy by contacting research@rsrresearch.com.
“More with Less:  Scaling Sustainable Consumption and Resource Efficiency,” White Paper, World Economic Forum (January 2012), available from http://www.weforum.org.“From Reversed Logistics to Green Supply Chains,” by Remko van Hoek, Supply Chain Management, Vol. 4, No. 3 (1999), pp. 129-134.
Last updated on 12-02-2014