Supply Chain Management

BUS403 Supply Chain Management

  • Topics


    -A supply chain consists of all parties involved in fulfilling a customer request. A supply chain may include manufacturers, suppliers, transporters, warehouses, retailers, customers, and also functions within an organization, such as marketing, operations and finance.

    In this course, we study supply chains, with particular emphasis on its effective management and the overall increased value it contributes to businesses.

    Specific topics included in the course are: design of supply chains, logistics network, global supply chain, online sales, sales and operations planning, demand forecast, incentive alignment in a supply chain, supply chain inventory management, managerial levers to improve supply chain profitability, sourcing decisions, chain-level coordination, pricing and revenue management principles, transportation, IT and sustainability in supply chains.

    During the course several cases/applications will be overviewed and one-two business games will be played to illustrate some of the important concepts in supply chain management. Three compulsory assignments will be done in groups.

  • Learning outcome

    Learning outcome

    The basic idea behind this course is to provide state of the art models, concepts and solution methods important in the design, control, operation and management of the supply chain. The goal is to give an understanding of both high-level supply chain strategies and concepts, and analytical tools to solve supply chain problems.

    By the end of this course the students shall


    • understand key concepts for effective supply chain management
    • address problems in supply chains by formulating models and applying relevant formulas
    • be familiar with the application and impact of effective supply chain management in real-world problems


    • analyze performance of decision making and solution quality in supply chains
    • have developed analytical skills for effective supply chain management

    General competences

    • understand how good supply chain management can be a competitive advantage for organizations
    • be able to communicate with both specialists and non-specialists about topics in supply chain


  • Teaching


    Lectures, business game(s), cases, guest lecture(s) from industry.

  • Required prerequisites

    Required prerequisites


  • Requirements for course approval

    Requirements for course approval

    Active participation when a business game is played.

  • Assessment


    The course will have the following grading:

    Final written exam (in English). 3 hours. Counts 70%.

    Three group based assignments (in English) that count for 10% each. The students must have passing grades (D or better) on all three assignments to be eligible to take the final written exam.


    Only the final written exam (70%) can be retaken separately.

    Grading scale: A-F for both the written exam and the assignments.

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale

    A -F for the assessment parts and the total course grade

  • Computer tools

    Computer tools

    Excel and Excel Solver.

  • Semester



  • Literature


    Chopra S. and Meindl P. Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning and Operations, Prentice Hall.

    Articles announced on the course homepage.


ECTS Credits

Course responsible

Sigrid-Lise Nonås and Mario Guajardo, Department of Business and Management Science