The increasing globalization of business and heightened outsourcing in many industries has led to increased interest in supply chain management issues by the senior management of most companies. This course is designed to provide an understanding of the functional and strategic role of supply chains in both manufacturing and service industries, with emphasis on global supply chains originating or ending in North America. The course is oriented towards prospective general managers who desire to become more familiar with supply chain design and coordination as well as some of the major issues and managerial concepts relating to supply-chain management that are important sources of competitive advantage. The course is taught using textbook and article readings, cases, lectures, and guest speakers.


Academic course objectives:


·         Provide an overview of leading-edge business practice in supply-chain management

·         Survey major concepts and frameworks available today for supply-chain modeling and analysis

·         Examine the principles, challenges, and issues associated with recent approaches to supply-chain management, such as Quick Response, Continuous Product Replenishment, VMI, CPFR, and ERP

·         Evaluate supply-chain management performance and formulate supply-chain strategy in support of business-unit strategy


Elements of the course grade:


Class contribution       45%*

Group paper/project    55%


*Speaker write-ups included in class contribution grade.