Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Global Supply Chain Management

Course unit code: 573217

Academic year: 2019-2020

Coordinator: Merce Bernardo Vilamitjana

Department: Department of Business

Credits: 5

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 125


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture





-  Lecture with practical component




Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study


General competences

CG1. Creative and entrepreneurial skills (capacity to conceive, design and manage projects, and to research and integrate new knowledge and approaches).

CG2. Capacity to propose a business project based on an original idea and to assess its feasibility.

Basic competences

CB6. Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.

CB7. Capacity to apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.

CB8. Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgments based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgments.

CB9. Capacity to communicate conclusions, judgments and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.

CB10. Skills to enable lifelong self-directed and independent learning.

Specific competences

CE1. Capacity to apply the main concepts and management tools to resolve advanced problems and business situations related to the strategic, financial, commercial, operational and logistics management of international companies.

CE2. Capacity to adopt a strategic, integrated approach to business problems and ability to address them effectively at an international level.

CE6. Understanding of the heuristics, methodologies and techniques required for decision-making in the field of international business operations.

CE7. Capacity to direct the international logistics of a company or group of companies with a view to achieving optimal supply chain management.

CE9. Capacity to examine the options, potential and opportunities presented by different regions in the global economy and to identify the specific features of the various markets and societies involved, with a view to improving effectiveness and complying with demands on professional responsibility.

CE10. Capacity to acquire an advanced level of competence in the writing of scientific documents, specialized reports and research papers in which value judgements are formulated, complying with standard criteria for publication or for presentation to potential stakeholders or other interested parties at the global level.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

At the end of the subject, students should be able to:

— Define the role of the supply chain in organisations.
— Identify the main functions performed by the supply chain, as well as its roles and responsibilities.
— Describe the interactions of the supply chain department with the rest of the organisation.
— Determine management indicators (KPI’s) to measure the supply chain performance.
— Analyse new management trends in the operation area.
— Develop a project on the situation and a future improvement plan of a supply chain.



Teaching blocks


1. Introduction to the supply chain

2. Planning

2.1. Demand forecasting
2.2. Production planning
2.3. The S&OP loop

3. Execution

3.1. Distribution
3.2. Warehouses
3.3. Factories
3.4. Procurement
3.5. Customer service

4. Supply chain network design

4.1. International logistics
4.2. Factors affecting the design of a distribution network
4.3. Design options for a distribution network
4.4. Online sales and distribution network
4.5. Third-party logistics providers

5. Lean management

6. Supply chain management: KPI’s, budget

6.1. Global optimisation
6.2. KPI’s
6.3. Supply chain budget management

7. Future trends in supply chain management

7.1. Dynamic alignment
7.2. Control tower
7.3. Collaborative networks
7.4. Risk management



Teaching methods and general organization


The methodology is based on two main ideas:

• Knowledge arises from debates.
• In the operation area there are (almost) no absolute truths.

Therefore, knowledge is obtained through the discussion of the different topics after reading the assigned documentation and articles.

In the case study, each group analyses the supply chain of the assigned company through the concepts introduced during the course.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


The method of assessment for this subject is continuous assessment, consisting of a range of activities assessed on a scale of 1 to 10. In addition to the qualification, participants receive the solution, a comment on the assessment or the guidelines for its understanding, as appropriate.

The final grade is composed of the following activities:

• Case studies: 25%
• Active participation in discussions: 25%
• Final exam: 25%
• Commentaries on reading: 25%

Case studies should be correctly presented and contain the exposition of the ideas related to the key points of the subject. Conclusions are especially important.

Repeat assessment

Students with a final grade below 5 out of 10 have to submit a revision of their research proposal. The main characteristics are defined at the beginning of the course.


Examination-based assessment

Students who do not attend class regularly are entered for this procedure.

Single assessment consists of the submission of a research proposal. Students should prepare a research proposal related to the sessions’ topics. The main characteristics are defined at the beginning of the course. This part is worth 100% of the final grade.

Students pass this subject if they achieve a final grade of at least 5 out of 10.

Repeat assessment

Students with a final grade below 5 out of 10 have to submit a revision of one of the case studies. Detailed instructions are provided at the beginning of the course.



Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


DYNAMIC SUPPLY CHAINS (2nd edition). John Gattorna (2010). Pearson Educated Limited. ISBN: 978–0–273–73040-8

OPERATION RULES: DELIVERING CUSTOMER VALUE THROUGH FLEXIBLE OPERATIONS. David Simchi-Levi (2010). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ISBN: 978–0–262–01474-8


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