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2022/2023  BA-BISHO2011U  Logistics Clusters

English Title
Logistics Clusters

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Autumn, Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in International Shipping and Trade
Course coordinator
  • Britta Gammelgaard - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Supply chain management and logistics
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 01-07-2022

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Learning objectives
The overall purpose of the course is to provide the students with an understanding of the complexity of global supply chain designs and their logistics flows. This includes understanding of the geography of logistics activities and the role of logistics clusters in global supply chains as well as the interaction of economic actors in and beyond the clusters. The course have the following specific aims:
  • Explain and discuss the characteristics of logistics clusters using relevant theory
  • Identify and discuss logistics actors and activities of logistics clusters and how they relate to global supply chains
  • Explain and discuss the role of networks among logistics cluster actors for supply chain efficiency
  • Identify and characterize the main logistics clusters in Europe and globally
  • Analyze a Danish logistics cluster and make comparisons to Vancouver and Shenzhen
Logistic Clusters:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Group exam
Please note the rules in the Programme Regulations about identification of individual contributions.
Number of people in the group 2
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

In writing the project report, students should take the point of departure in a global logistics company (real or made up). Based on the specific characeristics of this logistics company, the project report should come up with advice to a customer company (real or made up) on potential clusters in which the company should locate their logistics activities. This advise should take the logistics requirements of the customer's products and supply chain into account.


The project report should show understanding of the theories and models by application to a self-chosen practice. However, it is important that the report follows the usual academic guidelines of discussing a problem based on which research questions are formulated and a research design is outlined. Theoretical analysis and discussion follwed by a conclusion with recommendations for practice are the next steps. References in text and a reference list are mandatory.


The course learning objectives should be embedded in the project report. In addition to using course curriculum, the students are expected to search independently for information and data on logistics operations, companies as well as logistics clusters.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The course sets out to discuss different global supply chain designs and their connection to logistics. Next, the concept of logistics cluster is discussed from a theoretical point of view including definitions and types of clusters.


Then the various logistics operations and activies in clusters, such as value added activities are discussed. This discussion includes the role of various economic actors in the clusters such as shippers, logistics service providers, ports and infrastructure owners. To enhance understanding on what a logsitics cluster is, the course offers a field trip to a specific logistics cluster. Further, networks and relationships are discussed as important cluster characteristics.


The course continues by discussing specific European and global logistics clusters and their particluar roles in international trade. The logistics clusters of Greater Copenhagen, Vancouver and Shenzhen are touched upon an the course finalizes by discussing how logistics clusters can be analyzed and compared..

Description of the teaching methods
Dialogue lectures, guest lectures from practice and a field trip. Active student participation is expected. A field trip to Hamburg will take place the whole week 45. Particiaption to the Hamburg trip is mandatory
Mandatory Meet and Greet in November
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given in class in group work.
Student workload
Lectures 42 hours
Preparation for lectures 84 hours
Field trip - including prepartion 50 hours
Exam project 30 hours
meet and greet 3 hours
Further Information

Participation in the field trip is mandatory as is the "Meet & Greet" event in late November (subject to change due to COVID-19 pandemic). Detailed information on these activities will be distriibuted in due time.

Expected literature

Sheffi, Y. (2012). Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth. MITPress, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Gammelgaard, B., Kinra, A. and Sornn-Friese, H. (2015). Identifying Maritime Logistics Competencies for Sustaining Maritime economies: The Case of the Danish Maritime Cluster. ALRT conference paper, Taipei.

Gammelgaard, B. and Kinra, A. (2012). Logistics in the Oresund Region. In: Bookbinder, J. (ed.), Handbook of Global Logistics, chap. 8, Springer.

Meixell, M. and Gargeya, V.B. (2005). Global supply chain design: A literature review and critique. Transportation Research Part E, 41, pp. 531-550.

Rodrique, J.-P. (2012). The Geography of Global Supply Chains: Evidence from Third-Party Logistics. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 48(3), pp. 15-23.

Gereffi, G. and Lee, J. (2012). Why the World Suddenly Cares about Global Supply Chains. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 48(3), pp. 24-32.

Mann, C. (2012). Supply Chain Logistics, Trade Facilitation and International Trade: A Macroeconomic Policy View. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 48(3), pp. 7-14.

Robinson, R. (2010). Ports as elements in value-driven chain systems: the new paradigm. Maritime Policy & Management: The flagship journal of international shipping and port research, 29:3, pp. 241-255.

Mangan, J., Lalwani, C. and Fynes, B. (2008).Port-centric logistics. International Journal of Logistics Management, 19(1), pp- 29-41.

Lee, S.-W., Song, D.-W and Ducruet, C. (2008). A tale of Asia´s world ports: The special evolution in global hub port cities. Geoforum, 39, pp. 372-385.

Lee, P., & Cheong, I. (2013). Clustering Logistics with Ports and Shipping Services in the Time of Troubled Waters and Free Trade Era: Guest Editorial. Maritime Policy & Management, 40(2), pp. 95-99.

Wang, J.J. & Cheng, M.C. (2010). From a hub port city to a global supply chain management center: a case study of Hong Kong. Journal of Transport Geography. 18 (1), pp. 104-115

CSCMP Global Perspectives: Scandinavia, Germany, the Benelux, China, Canada, etc.

Jacobsen, E.W. et al (2015). The leading maritime capitals of the world. Menon Publication 12/2015

World Bank: Logistics Performance Index; www.lpi.worldbank.org/​international/​scorecard/​radar


Last updated on 01-07-2022