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2019/2020  DIP-DHDVV7002U  Strategic Procurement

English Title
Strategic Procurement

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Graduate Diploma
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (part 2)
Course coordinator
  • Kim Sundtoft Hald - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Study administration for GD SCM: HDSCM@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Organisation
  • Supply chain management and logistics
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 14-03-2019

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Learning objectives
  • Understand and explain how procurement creates value.
  • Understand and analyse the key skill sets and competencies of strategic procurement.
  • Understand and analyse the structure of purchasing functions.
  • Understand and analyse procurement performance.
  • Understand and analyse procurement processes.
  • Understand and analyse category management as well as sourcing principles and models.
  • Understand and analyse procurement strategies.
  • Understand, compare and apply the theories and analytical models presented in the course.
Strategic Procurement:
Exam ECTS 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-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter and Winter, Ordinary exam: 14.11.19 at 9-13.

Information about the exam can be found here: My.cbs.dk.
Aids Open book: all written and electronic aids, including internet access
Read more here about which exam aids the students are allowed to bring and will be given access to : Exam aids and IT application package
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.
Re-take: 09.01.20

Information about the exam can be found here: My.cbs.dk.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course may be divided into three main areas:


The course takes as its point of departure to establish a basic theoretical understanding of the roles and processes of procurement. This part discusses how procurement creates value and how procurement can be developed to become more strategic over time.


The second main area focuses on how procurement processes can be organised, which key skill sets and competencies are necessary, and how procurement processes and performance can be analysed.


The third main area is concerned with how to develop procurement strategies. Category management and strategic sourcing are introduced as concepts. The content and precondition of the procurement strategy is discussed in a theoretical and practical perspective.

Description of the teaching methods
The course is dialogue-based, and students should expect a high degree of involvement. Cases and exercises are discussed and analysed to illustrate the underlying theory.
Feedback during the teaching period
Students receive continual and ongoing feedback through class presentations and discussions. Course and topic-specific learning objectives provide the foundation for student self-assessment. Feedback is also provided before and after class via CBS Canvas quizzes.
Student workload
Teaching 24 hours
Readings, Excercises, Preparation Exam 114 hours
Further Information

The course consists of a total of 24 lessons (5 ECTS).

Teaching is:
Thursdays in weeks 38, 39, 40 and 41 from 18.05 - 20.40.
Saturday in week 44 from 08.55 - 12.25 and 12.35 - 16.05. 
Saturday in week 45 from 08.55 - 14.15. 


There is no teaching in week 42 and 43.


For further information, please contact the Department of Operations Management 

Studieadministrator: Pernille Nielsen pen.om@cbs.dk

Course responsible: Kim Sundtoft Hald ksh.om@cbs.dk



Expected literature

Van Weele, A. Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, Cengage Learning, London, Seventh edition.
Course compendium - Strategic Procurement - Graduate Diploma in Business Administration - Supply Chain Management

Last updated on 14-03-2019