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MGT 5083 Global Supply Chain Management

Course Description

This course focuses on global business. Covers managing raw materials and finished products, developing transportation and logistics strategies, and merging transportation policies with production and marketing plans. Also covers global supply chain analysis and planning to link marketplace, distribution, manufacturing, assembly, and procurement activities. 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to

  • Discuss the goals of global supply chain management and international logistics and explain the impact of competitive decisions on the success of a firm
  • Describe measuring logistics costs and performance
  • Match supply and demand
  • Create a responsive supply chain
  • Describe complexities in and with the global supply chain
  • Discuss gaining visibility in the global pipeline
  • Describe the future of global sourcing in international logistics
  • Explain how internal and external integration can be achieved to benefit supply chain performance
  • Discuss collaborative working and partnerships
  • Offer a holistic perspective of supply chain management (SCM) to provide an understanding of how supply chains can gain greater integration and collaboration in the future
Week 1
Lecture: Introduction
Lecture: Logistics and Supply Chain Context
Lecture: Globalization and International Trade
Lecture: Supply Chain Relationships


  • Explain the origins of logistics and supply chain management
  • Define both terms and outline how logistics and supply chain management differ from each other
  • Highlight the importance of these areas in both manufacturing and services contexts
  • Identify how best practice logistics and supply chain management can yield both cost reduction and value addition
  • Highlight the growth that has occurred in recent decades in international trade. Regional and country differences and relative shares will also be illustrated
  • Explain what is meant by globalization, identify the most globalized countries in the world and explain the drivers for globalization
  • Explore the role of multinational companies and their role in global trade, together with the impact of overseas investment by companies
  • Explain what happens when unequal volumes or types of freight flow in opposite directions in freight markets
  • Highlight the growth in international trade
  • Explain factors affecting outsourcing decisions
  • Highlight the need for outsourcing in view of both globalization and the growth of international trade
  • Identify the problems faced by outsourcing companies which can result in failure
  • Outline how outsourcees are selected
  • Examine how outsourcer/outsourcee relationships develop
  • Define the terms integration and collaboration in the global SCM context

Week 2

Lecture: Supply Chain Strategies
Lecture: Simulation
Lecture: Transport in Supply Chains


  • Highlight the role of logistics and supply chain strategy in the context of firm strategy, and see how logistics and supply chain strategy can actually sometimes drive firm strategy
  • Outline the evolution of manufacturing, from which various logistics and supply chain strategies have emerged
  • Review both lean and agile logistics strategies, and the role of mass customization in the latter
  • Develop taxonomy of supply chain strategies
  • Differentiate between the different types of simulation
  • Explain the steps involved in a simulation process
  • describe how random behavior is simulated
  • Explain how discrete event simulation works
  • Discuss the potential role of simulation in supply chain management decisions
  • Describe the cost structures and operating characteristics of the different transport modes, and the relationships between freight rates and consignment weight, dimensions and distance to be travelled
  • List key terms used in transport
  • Discuss the roles of distribution centers and highlight the concept of factory gate pricing
  • Identify some of the many issues (including the effect of supply chain strategies) that can impact the efficiency of transport services
  • Identify the range of issues to be considered in planning transport infrastructure
  • Explain the application of a technique known as the transportation model

Week 3

Lecture: Transport Security
Lecture: Logistics Service Providers


  • Identify the need for transport security
  • Examine the application of contemporary transport security initiatives
  • Discuss the nature of security threats in transport, including terrorism and piracy
  • Acquire knowledge of security technology
  • Describe and differentiate the various types of companies that provide logistics services
  • Discuss the role of fourth-party logistics
  • Illustrate the use of bills of lading to show how responsibility along the supply chain is clarified and managed
  • Examine the range of issues in, and the process employed for, selecting logistics service providers
  • Illustrate a number of other pertinent concepts and terms often used in logistics systems

Week 4

Lecture: Procurement
Lecture: Inventory Management


  • Discuss procurement’s potential to improve business and organizational performance
  • Explain how risk and vale might impact sourcing and procurement strategy and tactics in relation to markets
  • Identify the different dynamics of public and private sector procurement and how this impacts on procurement procedures and decision-making
  • Describe how consumer demand and expectations drive governance and accountability in sourcing and procurement
  • Explain the significance of inventory in logistics and SCM
  • Discuss the costs involved in inventory management
  • Explore common inventory control systems designed to reduce costs
  • Identify inventory reduction strategies including just-in-time inventory management

Week 5

Lecture: Warehousing and Materials Handling
Lecture: Information Flows and Technology
Lecture: Logistics and Financial Management


  • Define the role of warehousing in contemporary global supply chains
  • Explain how material movements are planned and controlled
  • Explain material handling processes within warehouses and distribution centers
  • Offer insights into how warehouses are managed and how work is organized
  • Define the role of information in contemporary supply chains
  • Explain the need for information visibility and transparency across the supply network and outline the barriers to achieving it
  • Define various information technologies employed in logistics and SCM
  • Discuss the use of RFID in SCM to provide real-time information visibility
  • Discuss the emerging importance of knowledge management in supply networks
  • Describe and differentiate the accounting and financial information generated within logistics companies
  • Explain the key accounting statements, their purpose and implications
  • Demonstrate the importance of cash flow to a logistics company
  • Discuss business risk for a logistics company and currency risk in the context of international logistics activities
  • Outline the taxation implications of international transfers within a logistics company
  • Identify the role played by cost and management accounting information in a logistics company
  • Identify typical components of a balanced scorecard of a logistics company

Week 6

Lecture: Measuring and Managing Logistics Performance
Lecture: Supply Chain Vulnerability, Risk, Robustness, and Resilience


  • Identify the basic forms of performance measurement used in logistics context
  • Illustrate the trend towards measurement of a wider array of activities and the eight driving forces behind this trend
  • Explain why many Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) now routinely share key performance data with customers
  • Describe the role of benchmarking in the context of logistics performance management
  • Identification of key performance indicators
  • Evaluate warehouse/inventory metrics and total landed costs
  • Provide working definitions for key concepts
  • Explain why supply chain risk, robustness and resilience have emerged as important themes in supply chain management
  • Address the problems surrounding interpretations and the treatment of 'risk' in management
  • Highlight the need for a holistic approach to managing supply chain vulnerabilities
  • Provide a structured framework for the identification and management of supply chain risk and resilience

Week 7

Lecture: Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Systems
Lecture: Reverse Logistics


  • Describe what sustainability involves in the context of logistics and scm
  • Define key terms such as carbon footprints, food miles, reverse logistics, etc.
  • Illustrate best practice examples of attempts to reduce environmental footprints
  • Identify the link that exists between growth in logistics and concomitant growth in the demand for transport
  • Examine the different aspects of the two key dimensions used in logistics to reduce environmental impacts, namely scale and efficiency
  • Explain the basics of reverse logistics and the reasons for employing reverse logistics
  • Describe the various recovery options in reverse logistics such as reuse, remanufacturing and recycling
  • Identify the characteristics of the remanufacturing recovery option and highlight the difference between forward and remanufacturing recoverable logistics environments
  • Explain the key success factors for the implementation of reverse logistics systems
  • Identify and understand performance metrics relevant to the recovery options of reverse logistics

Week 8

Lecture: Service Supply Chains
Lecture: Emerging Supply Chain Designs


  • Highlight the increasing importance of service supply chains in the global economy
  • Define service, service science, and service supply chains
  • Distinguish service supply chains from conventional manufacturing supply chains
  • Conceptualize service supply chain models
  • Review the many strategies and practices employed in logistics and SCM today
  • Recognize the emerging and changing context within which logistics and SCM exists
  • Explain the need to synchronies the design of supply chains with the design of products
  • Identify the disparate costs that exist across supply chains
  • Describe how modeling approaches can assist in supply chain design
  • Examine the skills and knowledge areas required of logistics and supply chain managers in the future

The course description, objectives and learning outcomes are subject to change without notice based on enhancements made to the course.