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2019/2020  KAN-CSCEO1022U  Managing Global Supply Chain Operations

English Title
Managing Global Supply Chain Operations

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Andreas Wieland - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Supply chain management and logistics
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 27-06-2019

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Learning objectives
Upon course completion, the individual student should be able to demonstrate knowledge on the different supply chain processes in a global environment, while at the same time being able to relate to the broader supply chain design and management issues. The goals of this course in relation to what the students will achieve on completion are that students are able to:
  • discuss different perspectives of supply chain management,
  • understand and apply relevant supply chain strategies,
  • include the environmental context of global supply chain management in decision making, including risk and sustainability,
  • understand and reflect the main activities of logistics management, and
  • identify, discuss and analyze processes and structures of global supply chains.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved: 1
Compulsory home assignments
The student must get 1 out of 2 assignments or activities approved in order to attend the ordinary exam.

1: A multiple-choice activity

2: Analyze a given academic article
The student should write three pages as a response
Each student will be able to receive 10 minutes feedback

The assignments will be explained in more detail during the class.

There will not be any extra activities provided to the students before the ordinary exam. If a student cannot participate due to documented illness, or if a student does not get the activity approved, then the student will be given an extra assignment before the re-exam.

The extra assignment is a 10 page home assignment that will cover the required number of compulsory activities. If approved, the student will be able to attend retake.
Managing Global Supply Chain Operations:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Duration 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Spring
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

It has been noted that “one of the most significant paradigm shifts of modern business management is that individual businesses no longer compete as solely autonomous entities, but rather as supply chains” (Lambert & Cooper, 2000). Companies from the electronics and automotive industries, among others, have increasingly focused on their core competencies and outsourced non-core activities to contract manufacturers or other types of suppliers. They have become experts in orchestrating their end-to-end value networks. It has been argued that “with the increasing level of volatility, the days of static supply chain strategies are over” (Simchi-Levi & Fine, 2010) and that we need to manage “supply chains in the era of turbulence” (Christopher & Holweg, 2011). This is particularly so in a global context. Indeed, incidents like the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and the 2013 Rana Plaza tragedy have demonstrated that traditional supply chain management needs to be expanded by integrating new perspectives. Therefore, this course covers phenomena related to global supply chain management by taking different theoretical perspectives. Based on interactive discussions and case studies, the participants will learn how to apply such knowledge in a managerial context. The course content includes the following topics: Supply chain orientation, supply chain strategies, bullwhip effect and postponement, risk management, social responsibility and sustainability, and supply chain process management.

Description of the teaching methods
The course includes lectures and case-based teaching. Students are encouraged to participate in group discussions.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be provided as part of group works and discussions.
Student workload
lectures 33 hours
readings, compulsory activities, exam preparation 173 hours
Expected literature
  • Carter, C.R., Rogers, D.S., Choi, T.Y. 2015. Toward the Theory of the Supply Chain. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 51 (2), 89–97.
  • Mentzer, J.T., DeWitt, W., Keebler, J.S., Min, S., Nix, N.W., Smith, C.D., Zacharia, Z.G., 2001. Defining Supply Chain Management. Journal of Business Logistics, 22 (2), 1–25.

(literature for the first module)


Additional expected literature will be announced during the course.

Last updated on 27-06-2019