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2021/2022  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
Max. participants 60
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
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 19-02-2021

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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 world 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 subject to ongoing processes of digitalization. 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, such as ongoing digitalization, in global transport chains.
  • Demonstrate know-how in actual trade practice, including contracting, customs and documentary paperwork, means and modes of payment, transport management as well as risk, security and compliance 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, security and compliance 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 cross 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, intermodal transport solutions and current challenges concerning the ongoing digitalization of the transport chain.


In the third section of the course, supply chain risk, security and compliance issues as well as sustainabillity issues in maritime logistics are presented and discussed.


The final section discusses contemporary and future issues of importance to global transportation and maritime logistics including the impact of new digital technologies.

Description of the teaching methods
Dialogue lectures and in-class case discussions. Case discussions are based on small case stories that provide essential knowledge of the many factors of global transportation and maritime logistics.

Study material is a collection of academic articles available online through the CBS e-Library; an accompanying text book, David. P. (2018) 'International Logistics - The Management of International Trade Operations', 5th ed.; and case articles primarily from the trade press.
Feedback during the teaching period
Oral feedback on case discussions in class/online. Short written summary of the discussions are provided by teacher.
Student workload
Lessons + preparations of case discussions 165 hours
Exam preparation 37 hours
Exam 4 hours
Further Information

This course is part of the minor in Maritime Business but can be taken separately.


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,


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.


Carter, C.C. and Rogers, D.S. (2008) A framework of sustainable supply chain management: moving toward new theory, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management Vol. 38/5, pp. 360-387


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

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.


Gruchman, T., Pratt, N., Eiten, J. and Melkonyan (2020) 4PL Digital Business Models in Sea Freight Logistics: The Case of FreightHub, Logistics 2020, 4(2), 10


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.


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.


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


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.


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
Zhang, X. and Schramm, H.J. (2020) Assessing the market niche of Eurasian rail freight in the belt and road era, The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 31(4), pp. 729-751.

Last updated on 19-02-2021