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2014/2015  KAN-CCMVV4028U  Global Procurement

English Title
Global Procurement

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 100
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Peter Holm Andreasen - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
  • Organization
Last updated on 11-04-2014
Learning objectives
Upon completion of the course students must be able to:
  • Compare concepts, models and frameworks in order to analyse global procurement practices
  • Identify relevant challenges problems within management of global procurement and explain how these challenges impact the organisation
  • Apply and organise relevant processes, techniques and assessments in order to elucidate global procurement concerns and opportunities
  • Examine and analyse the requirements placed on procurement professionals in order to manage global procurement practices
Individual oral exam based on a synopsis:
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
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Synopsis
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
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Autumn Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

The course begins by introducing the context of global procurement and a set of frameworks in order to understand requirements for procurement coordination and exploitation of synergies across worldwide company locations. The focus is then directed towards specific managerial tools involving the management of internal customers/users that are geographically dispersed; the management of suppliers that are able to comply with global supply capabilities; and managing the global procurement process of important purchase categories; for example transportation services which is as a major cost and value component for global sourcing organisations. Next part of the course addresses decision-making processes based on balancing purchasing cost reductions, risk management, and value improvement. All the elements of the course are accompanied by cases and in-class assignments as well as workshops is carried out in order to combine the central features of the course. 

Teaching methods
The course is application oriented. The lectures frame the tools and concepts to understand Global Procurement in combination with exercises and cases which aims to put the concepts and tools into a concrete context. The teaching includes a high degree of students’ involvement and participation. This is achieved by the combination of dialogue lectures, case discussions, and in-class assignments.
Further Information
Changes in course schedule may occur
Wednesday 11.40-14.15, week 36-41, 43-47
Expected literature
  • Hartmann, E., Trautmann, G., Jahns, C., (2008) “Organisational design implications of global sourcing: a multiple case study analysis on the application of control mechanisms”, Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management 14, p. 28–42.
  • Monczka, R. M.; Trent, R. J.; Petersen, K.J. (2006): “Effective Global Sourcing and Supply for Superior Results” CAPS Research
  • Hultman, J.; Johnsen, T.; Hertz, S. (2012); “An interaction approach to global sourcing: A case study of IKEA”, Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, 12, 9-21
  • Schiele, H.; Philipp Horn, P; Bart V. (2011): “Estimating cost-saving potential from international sourcing and other sourcing levers; Relative importance and trade-offs", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol.41(3)
  • Trautmann, G; Turkulainen, V.; Hartmann, E.; Bals, L. (2009): “Integration in the Global Sourcing Organization – An Information Processing Perspective”  The Journal of Supply Chain Management, Volume 45, No. 2, p. 57-74
  • Gonzalez-Padron, T.; Hult, G. T. M.; Calantone, R. (2008): “ Exploiting innovative opportunities in global purchasing: An assessment of ethical climate and relationship performance" Industrial Marketing Management, January, Vol. 37 Issue: Number 1 p69-82



Last updated on 11-04-2014