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2021/2022  DIP-DSCHO1005U  Global Supply Chain Strategy

English Title
Global Supply Chain Strategy

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Graduate Diploma
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
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 07-06-2021

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Learning objectives
The course offers students with knowledge about relevant theories, concepts and strategic tools related to the management of global supply chains. The student will attain competences in making strategic decisions for global supply chains and in designing global supply chains. These competences will give the students the possibility to take supply chain management to the board room while at the same time possessing knowledge on conditions that affect the supply chain in the context of globalization. After successfully completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • conceptualize and define global supply chains and global supply chain management,
  • discuss theories and concepts that help in understanding, explaining and solving issues related to the management of global supply chains,
  • discuss strategic decision-making tasks and criteria in the design of cross-border value chains and networks,
  • evaluate the applicability of typical strategic choices, configurations and concepts in cross-border operations,
  • develop country/region-specific supply chain strategies and reflect upon managing global supply chain operations of the future.
Global Supply Chain Strategy:
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, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
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 Winter and Winter, 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
A new written assignment has to be uploaded for the retake. The old written assignment can be reused or adapted.

For exam information, exam dates and timely withdrawal of registration for the examination please see: my.cbs.dk
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 manufacturing, retail and service industries, among others, have increasingly focused on their core competencies and outsourced non-core activities. They have become experts in orchestrating their end-to-end value networks. Supply chain management is “the systemic, strategic coordination of the traditional business functions and the tactics across these business functions within a particular company and across businesses within the supply chain, for the purposes of improving the long-term performance of the individual companies and the supply chain as a whole” (Mentzer et al., 2001). It has also 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 2019/2020 coronavirus outbreak 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 strategic decision-making in global supply chains 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, and culture.

Description of the teaching methods
Teaching is based on interactive lectures, workshops, multi-media presentations and in-class discussions that deliver the basic knowledge on dilemmas related to and in the context of global supply chain strategies. In-class lectures and discussions are supported by case studies and real-life examples. Additionally, in-class exercises 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
Providing feedback to students is an integral part of the course. This happens through different channels. In all modules of the course, there is the possibility to interact with the lecturer and to have open questions answered. The lecturer is present during the exercises and is available to answer individual questions. Students also have the opportunity to get feedback for the presentation of group results. Finally, office hours are also offered.
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
Written assignment and exam presentation preparation: 17,5 hours
Further Information

The course consists of a total of 24 lessons (5 ECTS). Each module consists of three lessons. The eight modules are planned to be taught in weeks 33 to 36 on Wednesdays (evenings) and Saturdays (mornings).


For further information, please contact the Department of Operations Management 

Coordinator: Andreas Wieland, awi.om@cbs.dk

Teachers: Andreas Wieland; Lasse Wiberg, lw.om@cbs.dk

Programme Administrator: Gitte Østergaard, goe.om@cbs.dk

Expected literature

The required literature will be announced in the class.

Last updated on 07-06-2021