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    Management of Supply Chain Networks


    Special Track Int. Supply Chain Management

    Follow-up / Interfaces:

    Int. Supply Chain Management


    Pre-reading and preparation tasks


    Lecture, case studies, individual tasks,
    plenum discussions


    Term Paper

    ECTS points:



    Prof. Dr. Martin Göbl l Michael Brunk l
    Björn Baur

    Aims and objectives: 

    As most warehouse and transportation activities are outsourced to external Logistic Service Providers, the participants will learn in all relevant aspects in terms of outsourcing to find their most effective logistics network regarding the right transportation modes, warehousing types and carriers.

    Students will experience how difficult it is to plan a logistics network and what analytical models exist. They will be able to implement different analytical models and name their strength and weaknesses in terms of specific logistics network decisions.

    Being able to specify the need of outsourcing towards a logistics service provider and having an overview about the logistics service provider market the students are able to develop a tender document regarding the specific logistics activities. Furthermore they will be able to analyse the costs of achieving different logistics service levels. This knowledge will be implemented with ongoing case studies and negotiations in terms of a realistic logistics tender. 

    General learning objectives:

    Students who pass the Logistics Track will understand the value chain concept from a strategic perspective. This includes the inbound and sourcing process, the internal logistics and operation processes as well as the outbound process. A very important focus is that these logistics experts know how to implement the right tools to change a logistics system into a strategic element and effective area to gain a competitive advantage for their company.

    Detailed learning outcomes:

    • Learn about the importance of transportation for SCM, the Economy and Global Trade
    • Analyze different network options and evaluate different network designs
    • Know characteristics of all modes of transportation
    • Gain a general understanding of logistics service providers
    • Learn cost structure and characteristics of different transport modes
    • Gain knowledge about the logistic outsourcing process
    • Understand the ways of measuring the outsourcing success

    Course textbook: 

    Coyle et al (2015). Transportation, 8th Edition.

    Content of Management of Logistics Networks 

    1. Global Significance of Transportation

    • Transportation and the Industrial Revolution(s)
    • Global Supply Chains: The Role and Importance of Transportation
    • Transportation and the Economy
    • Public Policy for Transportation
    • Costing and Pricing for Transportation

    2. Characteristics of Different Transport Modes

    • Airlines
    • Water Carriers
    • Motor Carrier
    • Railway Carrier
    • Intermodal Transports
    • Pipelines

    3. Network Planning

    • Transportation Risk Management
    • Global Transportation Planning
    • Global Transportation Execution
    • Carrier Strategies
    • EU Customs Regulations, Preferences

    4. Logistics Service Providers

    • 3rd Party Logistics (3PL)
    • 3rd Party Contracting
    • Information Technology

    5. Sustainability

    • Greenhouse Gas Emission
    • Ecological Footprint
    • Perspectives


    Recommended supplemental readings: 

    Aberle (2009): Transportwirtschaft, 5. Auflg.

    Ballou (2004): Business Logistics/ Supply Chain Management, 5th Ed.. 

    Bowersox | Closs (2007): Lgistical Management, 15th Ed..

    Bretzke (2010): Logistische Netzwerke, 2. Auflg.

    Göbl (2009): Logistikdienstleister bewerten, in: Verkehrsrundschau Spezial. Who is Who Logistik 2010, S. 24-27.

    Göbl | Klaus (2014): Bridging the Service GAP - Business Process Redesign & Information Technology as multidimensional Success Driver for Logistics Service Providers, in: Journal of Applied Leadership.

    Klaus | Hartmann | Kille | Schlemmer: Top 100 in European Transport and Logistics Services – all Editions.

    Lohre (2007) (Hrsg.): Praxis des Controllings in Speditionen

    Rushton | Croucher | Baker (2006): The handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management, 3rd ed.

    Simchi-Levi | Kaminisky | Simchi-Levi (2008): Designing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies and Case Studies, 3rd Ed..

    Stölzle | Fafagnimi (Hrsg.): (2010): Güterverkehr kompakt.

    Vahrenkamp | Mattfeld (2007): Logistiknetzwerke

    Waters (2009): Supply Chain Management, 2nd Ed.

    Zacharia et. al. (2011): The Emerging Role of the Third Party Logistics Provider as an Orechestrator, in: Journal of Buniess Logistics, 2011, 32(1), 40-54