Supply Chain Procurement

llsms2036  2023-2024  Louvain-la-Neuve

Supply Chain Procurement
5.00 credits
30.0 h
Agrell Per Joakim; Paulraj Antony;
Main themes
Procurement's role in the value chain and the strategic dimension in the collaboration and development of
supplier relations in order to provide competitive advantage.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The course objectives are:
- To develop the mindset and skills to understand and facilitate the strategic role of sourcing and procurement in
the internal and external supply chain
- To make students familiar with best practice concepts and methods in supplier relationship management and
supply chain governance as pursued by leading edge firms
- To enable students to best use the innovation potential of the supply base
- To become familiar with best practice concepts in managing supply chain risks In general, you should be able after the course to apply best practices in managing supplier relationships.
This means also that you are able to choose the right governance mechanisms depending on the situation and potential strategic impact and develop the relationship accordingly.
Furthermore, you develop a feeling for the crucial impact factors in governing these relationships including awareness for IP, culture etc. You will also experience how unexpected incidents will affect these relationships
and your situation as well as how you can manage these.
- Procurement and External Supply Chain
- Procurement and Internal Supply Chain
- Supply Network Design
- Strategic Cost Management & E-Auctions
- Promoting and procuring supplier innovations
- Negotiation Clinic
Teaching methods
A major part of the course consists of lectures related to the literature. In addition, case discussion and short tasks during the course will further facilitate learning. An important asset of the course is the negotiation clinic in which participants will further develop
their negotiation skills. The group and individual assignments are also an important pillar for the overall
learning success.
Evaluation methods
Continuous evaluation
  • Date: to announced on Moodle
  • Type of evaluation: Group project (50%), individual project (15%)
  • Comments: Case solutions including group work written reports, class presentations, individual report submissions
Evaluation week
  • Oral: no
  • Written: no
  • Unavailability or comments: NA
Examination session
  • Oral: No
  • Written: written open-book exam, 2 hours (35%)
  • Unavailability or comments: Take-home exam if sanitary restrictions apply. 
The points from the continuous evaluation (if >10/20) are valid for a remake exam, else the final exam counts for 100% of the grade.
Other information
Excerpts from the references.
Online resources
Notes, slides, questions to cases and articles are available from the course web page on Moodle.
Van Weele, A.J (2014) Purchasing and Supply Chain Management. Analysis, Strategy,
Planning and Practice, Thomson
Axelsson, B., F. Rozemeijer, F. Wynstra (2005) Developing Sourcing Capabilities: From
Insight to Strategic Change. John Wiley
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