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2019/2020  DIP-DSCHO1002U  Global Supply Chain Management

English Title
Global Supply Chain Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Graduate Diploma
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (part 2)
Course coordinator
  • Andreas Wieland - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Study administration for GD SCM: HDSCM@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Supply chain management and logistics
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 28-11-2019

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Learning objectives
The course offers students with knowledge about a range of theories, concepts and strategic tools for global supply chain management. The student will attain competences in making global supply chain strategy and in assuming supply chain strategic decision-making tasks. This competence gives the student possibility to take supply chain management to the board room while at the same time possessing knowledge on the globalisation conditions that affect the supply chain.
  • Conceptualise and define global supply chains and global supply chain management.
  • Discuss theories and concepts that aid in understanding, explaining and problem-solving issues related to the management of the Global Supply Chain.
  • Discuss strategic decision-making tasks and criteria in the design of cross-border value chains and networks.
  • Evaluate the applicability of typical supply chain strategic choices, configurations and concepts in cross-border operations.
  • Develop country/region-oriented supply chain strategies, and reflect upon managing global supply chain operations of the future.
Global Supply Chain Management:
Exam ECTS 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 exam
Size of written product Max. 5 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-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer and Summer, For exam information, exam dates and timely withdrawal of registration for the examination please see My.cbs.dk.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Synopsis are to be reuploaded for the retake.

For exam information, exam dates and timely withdrawal of registration for the examination please see My.cbs.dk.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Global supply chain management offers theories, concepts and tools that aid in understanding, explaining and problem-solving issues related to the management of the global supply chain including some of the major challenges that a firm faces in a globalized world.


As globalisation and internationalisation efforts intensify, companies are faced with even greater time and distance challenges to manage the supply chain of their products and services, including political, environmental, economic, social, and technological uncertainties. Having knowledge and understanding of strategic supply chain management with a cross-border perspective can aid companies to increase competitiveness within their global supply chain network.


This course has been designed to provide students with a more in-depth understanding of the challenges in the management of the global supply chain, the process of supply, production and distribution that makes other strategic objectives possible.


The course problematises a wide range of concepts that are at the core of SCM in the cross-border supply chain context. These concepts relate to inter-organisational relationships, information systems, distribution, production, innovation, procurement, sustainability, service, measurement systems, strategy, planning, and more.


In this course, particular attention will be given to three overall parts: strategies, processes and management issues including some of the major barriers that a firm faces in a globalised world.

Description of the teaching methods
Teaching is based on interactive lectures, workshops, multi-media presentations and in-class “simulations” and discussions that deliver the basic knowledge on problems and the context of global supply chain management. In-class lectures and discussions are supported with case studies and real life examples. Guest lecturers may be involved for better illustrating the problem detail and the specific context of real life environments. Additionally, in-class assignments are applied for deepening the students understanding of the fundamental approaches and the development of thoughts and arguments in a comprehensive way.
Feedback during the teaching period
Short assignments related to e.g. case work and other types of Q&A sessions in class
Short feedback on individual performance after exams
Office hours for feedback

Student workload
Hours for teaching including exercises and workshops with lecturers and guest speakers: 24 hours
Student preparation hours for lectures including preparations for cases, exercises and workshops: 96 hours
Synopsis and exam presentation preparation: 17,5 hours
Further Information

For further information, please contact the Department of Operations Management 
Programme Administrator: Gitte Østergaard goe.om@cbs.dk
Course Coordinator: Andreas Wieland.  awi.om@cbs.dk

Last updated on 28-11-2019