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2018/2019  BA-BHAAI1075U  Foundations of Supply Chain Management

English Title
Foundations of Supply Chain Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration Summer
Start time of the course Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 120
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Course instructor - Miguel Suarez, Vienna University of Economics and Business, miguel.suarez@wu.ac.at
    Sven Bislev - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
In case of any academic questions related to the course, please contact the course instructor or ISUP academic director, Sven Bislev at sb.msc@cbs.dk.
Main academic disciplines
  • Supply chain management and logistics
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 05/12/2018

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Learning objectives
The aim of this course is to develop students’ understanding of the principles, concepts and approaches employed in the management of supply chains. At the end of the course, students must be able to:
  • Explain the basic concepts of supply chain management
  • Describe the major types of supply chain strategies
  • Explain the major components of a supply chain design
  • Critically evaluate business processes along the supply chain
  • Explain the importance of information systems and performance management within the supply chain
  • Assess the current state of a supply chain and propose ways how to improve it.
Course prerequisites
Foundations of Supply Chain Management:
Exam ECTS 7.5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer, Ordinary exam: 4 hour written exam in the period of 30 July - 2 August 2019
Retake exam: 4 hour written exams in the period of 1-7 October 2019
3rd attempt (2nd retake) exam: 72-hour home assignment- 25-28 November 2019 – for all ISUP courses simultaneously

Exam schedules available on https:/​/​www.cbs.dk/​uddannelse/​international-summer-university-programme-isup/​courses-and-exams
Aids Closed book: no aids
However, at all written sit-in exams the student has access to the basic IT application package (Microsoft Office (minus Excel), digital pen and paper, 7-zip file manager, Adobe Acrobat, Texlive, VLC player, Windows Media Player), and the student is allowed to bring simple writing and drawing utensils (non-digital). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam.
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.
Retake exam: 4 hour written sit-in exam, new exam question
Exam form for 3rd attempt (2nd retake): 72-hour home project assignment, max. 10 pages.
Course content and structure

This course is aimed at developing an understanding of the principles, concepts and approaches employed in the management of supply chains. A key element is the formulation of a supply chain strategy as well as the design and improvement of resources and business processes. It includes the management of materials, information and funds along the supply chain. Strategic issues relevant to the management of supply chains are covered. These include management of trading partner relationships, use of information technology, supply chain controlling and approaches to improve supply chain value. 


Preliminary assignment: Comparison of Apple and Samsung Supply Chains

Class 1: Supply chain definitions

Class 2: Relationships and coordination in the supply chain

Class 3: Supply chain strategy and design

Class 4: Supply chain processes (Plan)

Class 5: Supply chain processes (Deliver)

Class 6: Supply chain processes (Make and Source)

Feedback activity: Comparison of SCHARF and SPICY Supply Chains

Class 7: Information systems in the supply chain

Class 8: Supply chain controlling

Class 9: Supply chain value optimization

Class 10: Supply chain value optimization

Class 11: Review










Description of the teaching methods
Normal class activities will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and assignments solved in groups and presented individually.
Students are expected to read the relevant materials prior to the class meeting. The instructor assumes the student already knows the basic concepts, ensuring their comprehension by placing individual questions and providing examples of practical applications.
Feedback during the teaching period
A brief case study will be provided at the beginning of the course. Students will develop solutions and submit them to the instructor for individual feedback and discussion in class 7.
Student workload
Preliminary assignment 20 hours
Classroom attendance 33 hours
Preparation 126 hours
Feedback activity 7 hours
Examination 20 hours
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 1 in order to 'jump-start' the learning process.


Course timetable is available on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams


We reserve the right to cancel the course if we do not get enough applications. This will be communicated on https://www.cbs.dk/uddannelse/international-summer-university-programme-isup/courses-and-exams end February 2019 at the latest.


Expected literature

Mandatory readings:


Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning, and Operation
Authors: Peter Meindl, Sunil Chopra
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Edition: 6th Global Edition (2015)




Last updated on 05/12/2018