Second Semester

Value Chain Management

Course Objectives

The objective of the course is to familiarize students with key and supporting business functions aiming to add value and increase the performance of a company’s supply chain. Furthermore, it examines methods and tools for assessing the supply chain performance and discusses advanced topics and emerging trends in Supply Chain Management (SCM).

Course Description

The course will particularly focus on the planning, design, and operation of key value-adding business functions (e.g., sourcing/procurement, warehousing, distribution, ICT role and support) along the supply chain. Advanced topics, emerging trends and case studies in supply chain management will be also discussed and analyzed. The course will be structured in the following thematic units: i) introduction and basic concepts, ii) distribution channels, iii) freight transportation and modelling, iv) warehouse design and operations, v) procurement management and outsourcing, vi) role of IT in supply chains and vii) supply chain performance.

Suggested Textbooks

  • Chopra, S. and P. Meindl, (2015). Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning, and Operation, 6th Edition, Pearson Education.
  • Harrison, A. and R. van Hoek, (2011). Logistics Management and Strategy: Competing through the Supply Chain, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall.
  • Jonsson, P., (2008). Logistics and Supply Chain Management, McGraw-Hill.
  • Coyle, J.J., E.J. Bardi and C. John Langley Jr., (2003). The Management of Business Logistics: a Supply Chain Perspective, 7th Edition, South-Western/Thomson Learning.


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