Global Supply Chain Management

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Supply Chain Management

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Supply Chain Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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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
    After successfully completing this course, the student
    · can analyze and demonstrate an understanding of problems from different perspectives (Analysis)
    · is able to put forward well-founded, substantiated points of view, both in spoken and written format (Argumentation)

    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 basic theories, models and concepts of Global Supply Chain Management, and specifically supplier relationships, operations improvement, procurement strategies, inventory control, logistics operations, transportation networks, sustainability, as well as contemporary issues affecting these areas.
    · is able to make connections between theories, models, and concepts

    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:
    · is able to provide practical solutions to a case by applying theory from GSCM
    · is able to select the correct method and / or technique for quantifying, analyzing and solving a specific problem

    SOCIAL SKILLS – STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE DIFFERENT PROFESSIONAL ROLES IN A CROSS-CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT
    After successfully completing this course, the student:
    · is able to present (both orally and in writing) on basic aspects of the discipline
    · can work well in a team and reflect on his/her own role in the team

    COURSE CONTENT
    Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM) is an exciting and focused course for preparing students in implementing, coordinating and managing Supply Chains in global contexts. It will be valuable for students who would like to pursue a career in consulting or take a position in GSCM. Its setup comprises issues relating to the development of supplier relationships, operations improvement, procurement strategies, inventory control, logistics operations, transportation networks as well as contemporary issues affecting these areas. Specifically, the course will:
    • Explain and critically apply theories on logistics and supply chain management with a focus on global scales;
    • Integrate theories and appraise strategies on managing supply chain operations within the context of global business management; |
    • Understand the inter-relationship between supply chain management and global contemporary issues (e.g., global sourcing);
    • Identify frameworks to manage risks and opportunities for competitive and economically sustainable supply chain management in a global setup.

    The course will be both qualitative and quantitative. From a qualitative point of view, cases will be analyzed to derive best strategies and identify optimal policy. Qualitative sessions will inspire students’ interactions, discussions and debates. The course of GSCM also consists of applications of quantitative devices. Decisions undertaken and discussed in the qualitative sessions need robust and objective supports through quantitative methods and models. These objectives are carried out at a course level by a solid review of the theory and the methodological base associated with supply chain management, along with a discussion of advanced topics, trends and directions. At a class level course topics are reviewed through a combination of lecture, discussion, and student project work.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures and Tutorials

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Written exam – Individual assessment (Interim) Assignments – Group assessment Mandatory attendance tutorials

    RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
    Business Mathematics

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