Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sustainable Supply Chain Management

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Business, Environmental Sustainability

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH SKILLS – STUDENTS CAN CONDUCT A BASIC INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT FROM START TO FINISH ACADEMIC SKILLS
    After successfully completing this course, the student
    • can analyze and demonstrate an understanding of supply chain problems taking into account interests of different stakeholders (economic, ecological, societal and others) and evaluate (future) performance effects of supply chain policy options.

    BRIDGING THEORY AND PRACTICE KNOWLEDGE: Demonstrates theoretical and empirical knowledge concerning the relevant areas in international business administration
    After successfully completing this course, the student:
    • can explain the transition from a linear to a closed loop (circular) economy and its implications for Supply Chain Management

    APPLICATION: Can propose a solution to an international real-life business problem by applying relevant theories and methodologies.
    After successfully completing this course, the student:
    • can apply a sustainable supply chain analysis framework to assess contemporary topics in sustainable supply chain management and to analyze supply chain management cases.
    • can formulate recommendations for improvement of supply chains from a sustainable perspective

    QUANTITATIVE SKILLS
    • Can quantify the economic, ecological and societal objectives for supply chain management cases by applying and master commonly used techniques to tackle real life sustainable supply chain management problems.

    COURSE CONTENT
    This course aims to introduce students in operationalizing sustainability in supply chains. We define sustainability as the combined economic, environmental, and social optimum of supply chain alternatives that take into account constraints, such as technological limits or legislation, also known as the triple bottom line (TBL) approach of People-Planet-Profit optimization. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is presented as a methodology to quantify the environmental impact of products and processes and Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to quantity social impact. Multi Criteria Decision Analysis is introduced as a concept to operationalize the TBL approach for practical sustainable supply chain problems. Next we discuss systems thinking using Systems Dynamics for understanding and evaluating the complex and interactive behaviour of systems, such as sustainable supply chains. Finally the sustainability evaluation of chains and the management of reverse supply chains will be addressed.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures and computer tutorials

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Written exam – Individual assessment
    (Interim) Assignment(s) – Group assessment

    RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
    It is recommended that students are familiar with key concepts and techniques from business or operations management and (business) mathematics.

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