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2019/2020  KAN-CCMVV1723U  Global Transportation and Maritime Logistics

English Title
Global Transportation and Maritime Logistics

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
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)
International lecturers will teach the course.

Please find contact information for Student Hub, student Guidance Services etc. on my.cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Supply chain management and logistics
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 11-02-2019

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Learning objectives
The overall aim of the course Global Transportation and Maritime Logistics is to provide the student with an understanding of how global trade drives global transportation and further how global material flows can be managed by logistics and supply chain management principles. Due to its global character, a special emphasis is given to maritime logistics and cross-border issues. At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  • Explain how global trade impacts global transportation and maritime logistics as well as identify and discuss recent developments therein.
  • Demonstrate know-how in actual trade practice, including contracting, customs and documentary paperwork, means and modes of payment, transport management as well as risk, compliance and security management.
  • Outline a plan for export/import movements of cargo in concordance with the present European Union legal environment and critically evaluate supply chain risk, compliance and security management issues in the plan.
  • Identify and explain critical elements in the choice of transport mode including intermodal transport solutions.
Global Transportation and Maritime Logistics:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
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.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course sets out by introducing the domains of international transport and logistics. Especially the impact of globalization and integration of world trade on maritime logistics operations are discussed. This includes the impact of internationalization processes on sourcing, manufacturing and distribution strategies. Next, the course introduces the student to the processes and activities necessary to make materials and products across international borders. International trade practices such as contracting, customs and documentary paperwork, means and modes of payment plus transport management including issues are central to this part of the course. Attention is also paid to the choice of transport mode and intermodal transport solutions. In the third section of the course, supply chain risk, compliance and security issues in maritime logistics are presented and discussed. The final section discusses contemporary and future issues of importance to global transportation and maritime logistics.

Description of the teaching methods
Dialogue lectures and case discussions.
Feedback during the teaching period
Digital feedback on digital exams.
Student workload
Lessons + preparations 165 hours
Exam preparation 37 hours
Exam 4 hours
Further Information

This course is part of the minor in Maritime Business


Expected literature

Appels, T. and Struye de Swielande, H. 1998. Rolling Back the Frontiers: The Customs Clearance Revolution, International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 9/1, pp.111 – 118


Bakshi, N., Flynn, S.E., Gans, N. (2011) Estimating the Operational Impact of Container Inspections at International Ports, Management Science Vol. 57/1, pp. 1-20,


Bichou, K., Kee-Huang L., Venus Lun, Y.H. and Cheng, T.C. 2007. A Quality Management Framework for Liner Shipping Companies to Implement the 24-Hour Advance Vessel Manifest Rule, Transportation Journal, Vol. 46/7, pp. 5-21,


Cooper, J.C. 1993) Logistics strategies for global businesses, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management Vol. 23/4, pp.12-23,


Cavinato, J.L. 2004. Supply Chain Logistics Risk: From the back room to the board room. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 29(1), pp. 133-155.
David P., 2018. International Logistics - The Management of International Trade Operations (5th ed.), Electronic book . www.cicerobooks.com
Donner, M and Kruk, C., 2009. Supply Chain Security Guide, The World Bank, Washington.


Ghemawat, P. 2001. Distance Still Matters: The Hard Reality of Global Expansion, Harvard Business Review Vol.79/8 (September), pp. 137-147.
Grainger, A., 2011. Trade Facilitation: A Conceptual Review, Journal of World Trade Vol.45/1, 39-62.


Hausman, W.H., Lee, H.L., Napier, G.R.F., Thompson, A. and Zheng, Y., 2010. A Process Analysis of Global Trade Management: An Inductive Approach. Journal of Supply Chain Management 46(2), 5–29.

Hilletofth, P., Lorenz, H., Savolainen, V-V. and Hilmola, O.-P. 2007. Using Eurasian landbridge in logistics operations: building knowledge through case studies, World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research Vol. 1/2, pp. 183-201.
Kahn, O.; Estay, D.A.S. 2015. Supply chain cyber-resilience: creating an agenda for future research, Technology Innovation Management Review, 5(4), April.


Kogut, B., 1985. Designing Global Stategies:Comparative and Copetitive Value –Added Supply Chains, Sloan Management Review, 26(4), pp. 15-28.
Kumar, S. 2010. Logistics Routing Flexibility and Lower Freight Costs through Use of Incoterms, Transportation Journal, Vol. 49/3, 48-56.


Leonardi, J. and Browne, M. 2010. A method for assessing the carbon footprint of maritime freight transport: European case study and results, International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, Vol.13:/, pp. 349-358


Lowe, D. 2005. Intermodal Freight Transport. Burlington: Elsevier.


Malfliet , J., 2011. Incoterms 2010 and the mode of transport: how to choose the right term, Universiteit Ghent.


McKinnon, A. 2013. The possible influence of the shipper on carbon emissions from deep-sea container supply chains: An empirical analysis, Maritime Economics & Logistics Vol.16/1, pp. 1-19


Meixell, M.J. and Norbis, M. 2008. A review of the transportation mode choice and carrier selection literature, International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol.19/2, pp.183 – 211


Nieuwenhuis, P., Beresford, A. and Ki-Young Choi, A. 2012. Shipping or local production? CO2 impact of a strategic decision: An automotive industry case study, International Journal of Production Economics, Vol.140/1, pp. 138–148


Rodrigue, J-P et al. (2013) The Geography of Transport Systems, Hofstra University, Department of Global Studies & Geography
Schramm, H.-J., 2012. Freight Forwarder's Intermediary Role in Multimodal Transport Chains, Physica-Verlag: Heidelberg.
Song, J.-Y., Na, H.-S. 2012. A Study on the intercontinental transportation competitiveness enhancement plan between Northeast Asia and Europe using the Trans-Siberian railway. International Journal of Engineering and Technology Vol. 4/2, pp. 208-212.


Van der Horst, M.R., De Langen, P.W. (2008) Coordination in hinterland transport chains: a major challenge for the seaport community, Journal ofMaritime Economics & Logistics, Vol.10/2, pp. 108-129.


Williams, Z., Lueg, J.E., Taylor, R.D. and Cook, R.L. 2009. Why all the Changes? An institutional theory approach to exploring the drivers of supply chain security (SCS), International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 39/7, pp. 595-618

Last updated on 11-02-2019