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2015/2016  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
Start time of the course Autumn
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
  • Andreas Wieland - Department of Operations Management (OM)
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Main academic disciplines
  • Organization
  • Supply chain management and logistics
Last updated on 02-03-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: In the Supply Chain Process Reengineering course, the student gains skills that enable him/her to act as project managers for analyzing, modeling and reengineering business processes across different business functions and organizations. At the end of the course, the individual student has the ability to:
  • Understand the current challenges organizations are facing in their supply chains.
  • Analyze supply chain processes within an organization and across organizations.
  • Improve existing supply chain processes based on theory.
  • Understand the importance of information technology to improve supply chain processes.
  • Use Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) as a standardized graphical notation to map supply chain processes.
  • Use collaborative software to jointly model supply chain processes within a team.
Course prerequisites
Fundamental knowledge within the area of operations and supply chain 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 between 3 and 5 members.
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 second internal examiner
Exam period Winter and Winter, Januar 2016.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

Organizations have traditionally been organized based on business functions rather than business processes. However, one of the most important paradigm shifts of modern management is that businesses no longer compete as autonomous entities, but rather as supply chains, and an underlying principle of supply chain management is to establish control of end-to-end processes. Thus, successful supply chain management requires the cross-functional and cross-organizational integration of business processes. Moreover, to meet the challenges of a turbulent business environment, supply chain managers need to be able to constantly reengineer their processes, especially when it comes to the application of information technology. Therefore, this course will highlight the importance of “process thinking” and “process re-thinking” across supply chains.


Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN), as an international standard, and modeling tools will be used to understand business procedures in a graphical notation and to communicate these procedures in a standard manner. The course will apply theoretical knowledge on process reengineering to typical supply chain processes and also cover foundations of change management to implement process changes.


It is planned that, as part of the course, the SVP Sourcing of the Adidas Group and the CEO of 4flow will share their experiences.

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.

Expected literature
  • Arlbjørn, J.S. & Haug, A. (2010): Business Process Optimization. Chapter 1.
  • Davenport, T.H. & Short, J.E. (1990): The New Industrial Engineering: Information Technology and Business Process Redesign. MIT Sloan Management Review, July 15, 1990.
  • Larsson, E. & Ljungberg, A. (2007): Process Orientation. In: Mentzer, J.T., Myers, M.B. & Stank, T.P. (Eds.): Handbook of Global Supply Chain Management, pp. 103–116.
  • Object Management Group (2013): Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN). Version 2.0.2. Chapter 7. http://www.omg.org/spec/BPMN


Additional literature will be announced in the first lecture.

Last updated on 02-03-2015