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2017/2018  KAN-CSCEO1018U  Supply Chain Strategies

English Title
Supply Chain Strategies

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Britta Gammelgaard - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Supply chain management and logistics
Last updated on 04-10-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Choose and analyse practice cases with a synthesized theoretical framework of supply chain strategies
  • Explain the conceptual foundation of supply chain strategies and reflect on future prospects of supply chain management
  • Explain and contrast generic supply chain strategies and critically discuss their strengths and weaknesses
  • Discuss governance structures and the role of relationships in supply chains and reflect on the relation to corporate strategy
  • Discuss and critically reflect on the impact of globalization on supply chain strategies
  • Explain and discuss dynamic aspects of supply chain strategy including innovation, learning and change processes in supply chains
Supply Chain Strategies:
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 oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 3-4
Size of written product Max. 10 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 external examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the student did not pass the regular exam, a new or a revised project, cf. advice from the examiner of the ordinary exam, must be handed in by the new deadline.
* if a student is absent from the oral exam due to documented illness but has handed in the written group product she/he does not have to submit a new product for the re-take. However the group product must be uploaded once again on Digital Exam.
* if a whole group fails the oral exam they must hand in a revised product for the re-take.
Description of the exam procedure

At the individual oral examination, each student will present his or her own discussion of how the research question(s) can be answered and what alternative and/or additional approaches could have been chosen. The aim of this discussion is to expand the discussion of the synopsis and train critical thinking in the academic sense, not to reject it.

Course content and structure

The overall aim of the course is to introduce the students to supply chain stategies and to reflect on the contribution of these to corporate strategy. Special focus is laid on analyzing contemporary issues affecting supply chain design and management such as innovation, globalization and sustainability. Theory to discuss real life contemporary cases is an essential part of the course as well as understanding of how to analyze and discuss theory and scientific literature as tools for analysis and critical reflection.


Based on an introductory discussion of the conceptual foundation of supply chain strategies, the course sets out to discuss generic supply chain strategies, especially lean and agile supply chains. The supply chain strategies are then explored in relation to supply chain design criteria such as transaction costs and core competencies where especially the role of relationships in value creation is discussed. Next, the course addresses contemporary challenges for supply chain strategies namely globalization and environmental and social sustainability. Then the course addresses dynamic aspects of supply chains, in particular innovation and change. The course concludes with a discussion of future prospects of supply chain strategies.

Teaching methods
Overview lectures, student group presentations of literature and case analyses. Visiting lecturers from practice when possible and relevant. The teaching method is based on students' involvement, participation, reflection and collaboration. Students are trained to understand and analyse literature and cases that highlight contemporary and real life supply chain strategy issues.
Feedback during the teaching period
Logbook to assess academic progress.
Student workload
Lectures 33 hours
Preparation for lectures 72,5 hours
Mini-project 57,5 hours
Exam and exam preparation 43 hours
Expected literature

The study material is a collection of academic articles and case articles primarily from the trade literature. See for example Gammelgaard, Britta (2010):”Supply Chain Strategies”, Bidgoli (ed.): Handbook of Technology Management, Vol. 2, pp 120-131. John Wiley & Sons, Inc

Last updated on 04-10-2017