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momentum over the past decades and is rightfully seen as
a competitive imperative in today's far-reaching and
increasingly more complex supply networks. However,
coordinating a supply chain represents a huge challenge,
and requires understanding how integrated supply chains
can delight customers, how to overcome adverse supply
chain dynamics, how to manage inventory and information,
as well as how to preserve superior supplier relationships.
Advancing supply chain management can deliver dramatic
results; it can put a company ahead of competition or leave
In this course, several important concepts and topics will
- Introduction to the supply chain, its main concepts and its
- Strategic supply chain design and facility location
- Inventory management
- Information flows in the supply chain
- Outsourcing, supplier relationships and revenue
- New trends in supply chain management
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
At the end of this course, the student is able to:
The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course will use a combination of cases from various industries, a simulation exercise, a company visit, lectures and group discussions to introduce the main concepts of supply chain management. It will provide guidelines on questions such as: Why does an integrated view of the supply chain matters? How should companies align their strategy and their supply chain? How to best adapt the supply chain portfolio to a company’s product portfolio? How to apply inventory policies and what are the main trade-offs? How to make good use of information flows? How to manage relationships with suppliers? What are the new trends in supply chain management? What are the impacts of sustainability concerns on the supply chain?
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Explain the importance of supply chain management in companies’ competitive strategy.
- Identify the main characteristics of a company’s supply chain strategy, in particular related to the main drivers of supply chain performance.
- Analyze the consistency of a company’s supply chain strategy with its competitive strategy and its customer needs.
- Propose recommendations in the right direction to validate or improve a company’s supply chain strategy.
- Choose and apply the right inventory policy to a particular case, based on structured reasoning.
- Recognize the impact of other functions and of other stages on a company’s supply chain strategy.
(participation and assignment) and on the assimilation of the main concepts of Supply Chain
- 20% on class participation
- 10% on distribution center visit (written report)
- 20% on a final individual assignment, in the form of case study discussion
- 50% on final written examination
- Chopra Sunil and Meindl Peter, 2013. Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning and Operation, 5th Global Edition. Pearson Education.
- Nahmias Steven, 2009. Production and Operations Analysis, 6th International Edition. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, New York.