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    International Supply Chain Management


    All tracks except the Track
    Int. Supply Chain Management

    Follow-up / Interfaces:          

    All subjects


    Pre-reading and preparations tasks


    Lecture, case studies, individual tasks,
    plenum discussions, e-learning,
    logistics laboratory



    ECTS Points:



    Prof. Dr. Martin Göbl

    Aims and objectives: 

    The aim of this unit is to familiarise students with the special features of management activities in the international environment. They will learn about the management of business processes along an international supply chain and the foundations of international Supply Chain Management. 

    Students will learn how Supply Chain activities could be used as competitive advantage. Furthermore, they will be able to explain that Supply Chain performance is more important than its costs in terms of the success of a company.

    Another aim is to show the students how the different Supply Chain Management activities in terms of the chosen Strategy, Network Design, Marketing, Operation, Sourcing, Logistics, Quality and Inventory Management influence the logistics performance of a company and in connection with this the company success.

    General learning objectives:

    The MBA programme should provide all participants with a substantial knowledge of all relevant business areas and a holistic understanding of the value chain of a commercial company and how the different functions work together. They should have the insight how to organize and steer an organization.
    The participants of the MBA programme should gain particular knowledge about the approaches to manage the supply chain.
    Graduates are capable of developing and defining theory driven, but applied problem solutions for the different areas of international business management as well as applying their problem solutions to their business environment.
    They are enabled to analyse different markets and industries and to integrate this knowledge in their applied business solutions.

    Detailed learning outcomes:

    • Differentiate between Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    • Explain customer service levels and performance measurement of a Supply Chains impact on company goals
    • Understand the information flow and architecture within Supply Chain Information Processes
    • Explain stock levels within the supply chain, collaboration aspects and apply material requirement calculation
    • Evaluate different options in terms of warehousing and transportation
    • Understand interfaces of a Supply Chain with other departments like sourcing, operation, logistics and marketing
    • Gain knowledge about international Supply Chain Management

    Course textbook: 

    Sanders (2012): Supply Chain Management: A global perspective, 2012.

    Content of International Supply Chain Management 

    1. Introduction to Supply Chain Management 

    • Definitions
    • Difference of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    • Trends in area of Logistics 
    • Global Market Situation 

    2. Supply Chain Strategy

    • What is a Supply Chain Strategy
    • Achieving Competitive Advantage
    • Supply Chain Srategic Design
    • Measuring Supply Chain Performance

    3. Network & System Design

    • Understanding Process: Theory of Contraints (TOC)
    • Problem of Process Variations
    • Designing Supply Chain Networks
    • Role of IT (ERP, EDI, Barcode, RFID)

    4. Marketing

    • What ist Marketing?
    • Interfaces of Marketing and Logistics
    • Customer Needs
    • Measuring Customer Service Performace

    5. Operations Management

    • What is Operation Management?
    • Product Design
    • Facility Layout
    • Line Balancing

    6. Sourcing

    • Sourcing vs. Procurement?
    • Sourcing Process
    • Sourcing and SCM
    • Sourcing Decisions

    7. Logistics

    • Development of Logistics?
    • Transportation
    • Logistics Service Providers
    • Warehousing

    8. Forecasting & Demand Planning

    • The Forecasting Process
    • Types of Forecasting Methods
    • Time Series Forecasting Models
    • Measuring Forecast Accuracy

    9. Inventory Management

    • Basics of Inventory Management
    • Fixed Order Quantity Systems / EOQ calculations
    • Fixed Time Period System
    • Managing Supply Chain Inventory

    10. Lean Systems & Six-Sigma Quality

    • Lean Philosophy
    • Elements of Lean Management
    • Statistical Quality Control (SQC)
    • Six Sigma Quality

    Recommended supplemental readings: 

    Ballou, R. H. (2004): Business Logistics Management. 

    Chistopher, M. (2011): Logistics & Supply Chain Management, 4. Ed.

    Fugate / Mentzer / Stank (2010): Logistics Performance: Efficiency, Effectiveness and Differentiation, in: Journal of Busines Logistics, Vol. 31, No. 1

    Göbl, M. | Froschmayer, A. (2011):The Power of Logistics.

    Göbl, M. (2003): Die Beurteilung von Dienstleistungen.

    Lambert (2008): Supply Chain Management, 3. Ed.

    Mangan et. al. (2011): Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management. John Wiley & Sons, 2nd Edition.

    Russel, R. S. | Taylor, B.W. (2009): Operations Management along the Supply Chain, 6th Edition, John Wiley & Sons.

    Stock | Lambert (2001): Strategic Logistics Management, 4. Ed.

    Weber, J. / Wallenburg (2010): Logistk- und Supply-Chain-Controlling, 6. Auflg.