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2014/2015  KAN-CCMVV4003U  Supply Chain Process Reengineering

English Title
Supply Chain Process Reengineering

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn, Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 40
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Aseem Kinra - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Information Systems
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
  • Organization
Last updated on 30-04-2014
Learning objectives
In 'Supply Chain Process Reengineering', the students gain skills that enable them to act as project managers for the implementation of advanced information systems that include several of the company's internal functions and external partners in a supply chain perspective. At the end of the course, the individual student is able to:
  • Understand the need to change existing organizational structures to agile requirements-driven networks systems
  • Define and flow chart the different supply chain processes, underlying activities and components
  • Identify the problem areas in the supply chain processes
  • Design the right workflows and establish the role of IT in these processes, e.g as an enabler/supporter
  • Formulate implementation activities for the design of internal and external SCM
Course prerequisites
Fundamental knowledge within supply chain and operations management will be helpful
Supply Chain Process Reengineering:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual
Group project of max. 30 standard pages with individual oral defence and test in the curriculum.
Students are expected to write the projects in groups
Size of written product Max. 50 pages
In groups with 3 students max. 30 pages, 4 students max. 40 pages, 5 students max. 50 pages
Assignment type Report
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Winter Term and December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
The challenge of a company is to create innovative new opportunities where the value in the supply chain is driven by the information used to create competitive advantages through differentiation. This means that companies must be able to handle the changes required to implement sophisticated business processes as SCM in a technical, social and cultural perspective. In order to achieve the potential benefits of IT in the value chain, its important to understand that success does not come simply from choosing the right applications or web-enabling the right information. It requires fundamental changes in organizations, processes, and business thinking, in the value chain - both inside and outside corporate boundaries. To buy into IT enterprise applications is often the easy part, changing the organization to align with the Information Technology is more difficult. Therefore the principles of Business Process Engineering and Reengineering (BPE & BPR) as well as Change Management are also included in the course
Teaching methods
Workshops, lab, group supervision, lectures.
The students will meet companies in real life and thereby apply theory on practical problems. This will give students a more realistic experience and understand the importance of including sociological aspects in implementation strategies.
Further Information
This course is a part of a Minor in: IT.Based Management of supply Chains and Implementation
Changes in course schedule may occur
Thursday 09.50-13.20, week 44-50
Thursday 09.50-14.15, week 51
Expected literature
  • Waller, M. and Fawcett, S. (2013): Data Science, Predictive Analytics, and Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform Supply Chain Design and Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Vol. 34, Iss. 2, pp. 77-84.
  • Lee (2013): How a "3-D" supply chain process system could revolutionize business, Supply Chain Quarterly, Q2
  • Patrik Jonsson, Martin Rudberg, Stefan Holmberg, (2013) "Centralised supply chain planning at IKEA", Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 18 Iss: 3, pp.337 – 350.
  • Hammer, M.(1990): Reengineering Work: Don’t Automate, Obliterate, Harvard Business Review, 68, 4, pp. 104-11.
  • Stebbins, M.W. & Shani,A.B.(1998), Business process reengineering at Blue Shield of California: the integration of multiple change initiatives, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol.11, No.3,1998.pp. 216-232.
  • Dickersbach, J.T. (2008): SCM projects with SAP APO, in: Dickersbach, J.T. (ed.): Supply Chain Management with SAP APOTM . Structures, Modelling Approaches and Implementation of SAM SCM 2008, 3rd edition, pp. 3-8;
  • SpringerLink: DOI: 10.1007/​978-3-540-92942-0_1
  • Meyr, H. (2004): Supply chain planning in the German automotive industry, OR Spectrum, 26: 447–470
  • Stadtler, H./Kilger, C. (eds.): Supply Chain Management and Advanced Planning, Concepts, Models, Software and case studies, Part III: Implementing Advanced Planning Systems, pp. 281 – 337
Last updated on 30-04-2014