30B210 :Supply Chain Management

General info

Instruction language English
Type of Instruction Interactive lectures and tutorials (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams Written exam (100%) (Examination schedule)
Course load:6 ECTS credits
Registration:via Blackboard
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dr. R.L.P. Hendrickx (coordinator)
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dr.ir. W. van der Valk

Q. Zhu


In general, the Supply Chain Management course aims to provide detailed, contemporary knowledge on the phenomenon of supply chains as well as on important supply chain processes in four key domains. After completing this course, students are able to:
  • understand and assess the impact of supply chain management for the competitiveness of individual organizations in service supply chains as well as supply chains for physical goods;
  • explain various concepts in supply chain management such as sustainability, total quality management, recycling;
  • explain various methods, techniques and instruments developed to support the processes in the four key domains, such as supplier rankings, modularity, customer relationship management;
  • perform various calculations in each of the four domains, such as Material Requirements Planning, Total Cost of Ownership, the Economic Order Quantity;
  • provide a critical, academic reflection (both orally and on paper) on supply chain issues based on the concepts discussed in this course.


Supply Chain Management (SCM) concerns the coordination and integration of a number of goods- and services-related activities among supply chain participants to improve operating efficiencies, quality and customer service among the collaborating organizations. To be successful, supply chain participants must share information with regard to demand forecasts, production planning, capacity changes, marketing strategies, new product/ service development, technologies employed, purchasing strategies, delivery and everything else impacting a firm's sourcing, production, distribution and return processes. These various topics will be covered in a course designed around four highly important perspectives on SCM: the purchasing perspective, the production perspective, the distribution perspective, and finally the integration perspective. Students will learn to apply the knowledge obtained in business cases, both qualitative and quantitative.

This course builds on and extends the knowledge developed in Operations Management for IBA (30J203) and Operations Management for BE (325072) by shifting the focus from primary processes taking place within organizations, to primary processes taking place across organizations.
This course is part of the minor Organization & Strategy. Other courses in this minor are Industrial Organization (325015) and International Comparative Management (325048).

Compulsory Reading

  1. Wisner, J.D., Tan, K.-C., and Leong, G.K., Supply Chain Management: A Balanced Approach, 2012, 3rd international edition, ISBN 13: 978-1-111-53264-2. (ISBN 10: 1-111-53264-8).
  2. Other materials (e.g. papers, reports), announced via Blackboard

Compulsory for

Recommended option for

  • Free Minor ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Exchange students TiSEM ( 2015, 2016, 2017 )
  • Pre-master Supply Chain Management HBO ( 2015 )
  • BSc EBE, track Financial Management ( 2016, 2017 )
  • BSc EBE, track Commercieel Management ( 2016, 2017 )
  • BSc EBE, track Economics and Society ( 2016, 2017 )