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2018/2019  KAN-CCMVI2056U  Advanced Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts

English Title
Advanced Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration Summer
Start time of the course Summer
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Course instructor - Miguel Suarez, MSc. MBA, 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
At the end of the course, students shall be able to:
  • Explain how companies can use supply chain management to gain competitive advantage
  • Describe the major types of supply chain strategies, their characteristica and implementation challenges
  • Explain how segmentation, product variety and integration impact the performance of a supply chain and describe the different approaches to deal with that complexity
  • Assess the current state of a supply chain, identifying improvement opportunities by applying the concepts learned in this course
Course prerequisites
A relevant bachelor degree
Knowledge of supply chain management
Advanced Logistics and Supply Chain Concepts:
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 advanced course explains how a company can gain competitive advantage through supply chain management. Lean and agile supply chain strategies are explained in detail as well as the different supply chain challenges like segmentation, integration and product variety. Within the course, two company case studies will be presented by the lecturer and assessed in groups to show practical examples how supply chain decisions can impact company competitiveness.


Preliminary assignment: An introductory supply chain case study: SPICY vs. SCHARF

Class 1: Supply chain definitions
Class 2: Supply chain relationships
Class 3: Supply chains and competitive advantage
Class 4: Lean supply chains
Class 5: A lean case study: SpiceCo
Class 6: Agile supply chains
Class 7: An agile case study: CrystalCo
Class 8: The product variety challenge
Class 9: The segmentation challenge
Class 10: The integration challenge
Class 11: Review

Description of the teaching methods
Normal class activities will be a combination of lecture and discussion.
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 industry applications.
Feedback during the teaching period
During the classes 5 and 7, practical case studies will be introduced by the lecturer and solved in groups. The solutions presented by the students will be then discussed in class with the lecturer, who will give feedback on their feasibility.
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:


- Lee H. (2004) “The triple-A Supply Chain”, Harvard Business Review, October 2004
Naylor J.B., Naim M.M., Berry D. (1999) “Leagility: integrating the lean and the agile manufacturing paradigms in the total supply chain”, International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 62, no.1, pp.107-118
- Hines P., Holweg M., Rich N., (2004),"Learning to evolve: A review of contemporary lean thinking", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 24 Iss 10 pp. 994 - 1011
- Christopher M., Holweg M. (2011) “Supply chain 2.0: managing supply chains in the era of turbulence”, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 63-82
- Christopher M., Towill D. (2001) “An integrated model for the design of agile supply chains”, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, vol. 31, no.4, pp 253
- Van Hoek R., Harrison A., Christopher M. (2001) “Measuring agile capabilities in the supply chain”, International Journal of Operations Management, vol. 21, no. 1, pp.126-47
- Ahlström P., Westbrook R. (1999) “Implications for mass customization for operations management”, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, vol. 19, no.3, 1999, pp 262-275
- Gilmore J.H., Pine II B.J. (1997) “The Four Faces of Mass Customization”, Harvard Business Review, Jan – Feb 1997
- Harrison A., Skipworth H. (2006) “Implications of form postponement to manufacturing a customized product “, International Journal of Production, vol.44, 2006, issue 8
- Pil F., Holweg M. (2004) “Linking product variety to order-fulfilment strategies”, Interfaces, vol.43, no.5, Sep-Oct, pp 394-403
- Skipworth H., Harrison A. (2004) “Implications from postponement to manufacturing: A cross case comparison” International Journal of Production Research, vol.42, issue 10, May 2004, pp. 2043-2081
- Aitken J., Childerhouse P., Christopher M., Towill D. (2005) “Designing and Managing Multiple Pipelines”, Journal of Business Logistics, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 73-96
Childerhouse P., Aitken J., Towill D. (2002) “Analysis and design of focused demand chains”, Journal of Operations Management, vol.20, no.6, pp. 675-689
- Godsell J., Diefenbach T., Clemmow C., Towill D., Christopher M. (2010) “Enabling supply chain segmentation through demand profiling”, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, vol.41, no. 3, 2011, pp. 296-314
- Attaran M., Attaran S. (2007) “Collaborative Supply Chain Management: The most promising practice for building efficient and sustainable supply chains”, Business Process Management Journal, vol. 13, no. 3, May 2007, pp. 390 – 404
- Frohlich M., Westbrook R. (2001) “Arcs of integration: an international study of supply chain strategies”, Journal of Operations Management, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 185-200
- Lambert D., Emmelhainz M., Gardner J. (1996) “Developing and implementing Supply Chain Partnerships”, The international Journal of Logistics management 7(2): 1-18.
- Oliva R., Watson N. (2010) “Cross functional planning in supply chain planning: A case study of sales and operations planning”, Journal of Operations Management, 29 (2011), pp. 434-448

Last updated on 05/12/2018