Logistics and supply chain management

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Strategy, planning and operation

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For MBA or senior level undergraduate supply chain management students, this course provides a strategic framework for understanding supply chain management. The course introduces high-level strategy and concepts while giving students the practical tools necessary to solve supply chain problems. Compelling case study examples provide students with clear insight into how good supply chain management offers a competitive advantage. On the flip side, students also learn the dangers of poor supply chain management, and how it can damage an organization's overall health and performance. Using a strategic framework, students are guided through all of the key drivers of supply chain performance, including facilities, inventory, transportation, information, sourcing, and pricing. By the end of the course, students will walk away with a deep understanding of supply chains and a firm grasp on the practical managerial levers to pull in order to improve supply chain performance.


Part I: Building a Strategic Framework to Analyze Supply Chains. 1: Understanding the Supply Chain . 2: Supply Chain Performance: Achieving Strategic Fit and Scope. 3: Supply Chain Drivers and Metrics. Part II: Designing the Supply Chain Network. 4: Designing Distribution Networks and Applications to e-Business. 5: Network Design in the Supply Chain. 6: Designing Global Supply Chain Networks. Part III: Planning and Coordinating Demand and Supply in a Supply Chain. 7: Demand Forecasting in a Supply Chain. 8: Aggregate Planning in a Supply Chain. 9: Sales and Operations Planning: Planning Supply and Demand in a Supply Chain. 10: Coordination in a Supply Chain. Part IV: Planning and Managing Inventories in a Supply Chain. 11: Managing Economies of Scale in a Supply Chain: Cycle Inventory. 12: Managing Uncertainty in a Supply Chain: Safety Inventory. 13: Determining the Optimal Level of Product Availability. Part V: Designing and Planning Transportation Networks. 14: Transportation in a Supply Chain. Part VI: Managing Cross-Functional Drivers in a Supply Chain. 15: Sourcing Decisions in a Supply Chain. 16: Pricing and Revenue Management in a Supply Chain. 17: Information Technology in a Supply Chain. 18: Sustainability and the Supply Chain.

Indicative reading: 

Chopra, S., Meindl, P. (2015). Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning, and Operation, 6th Edition. Pearson.

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