Excerpt from course description

Supply Chain Risk Management


Managing supply chain risks (SCRM) to avoid disruptions is at the core of many organizations in today’s context. SCRM has been one of the fastest growing research streams within operations and SCM in recent years. Today’s turbulent environment makes this topic no less important. Challenges of SCRM relate to coping with uncertainty, requiring trade-offs between permanent and temporary design and organising of supply chains. As such, new types of supply chain risks occur, which require new ways of managing. Furthermore, globalization means that today’s supply chains often cross not only organizational boundaries, but also national borders, increasing the uncertainty and subsequent risks.

The objective of the course is to provide students with insight into the challenges and ways of dealing with supply chain risk management (SCRM) in theory and practice. This includes competence in applying frameworks for identifying, assessing, and mitigating supply chain risks in a variety of different contexts with a focus on trade-offs between permanent and temporary supply chains.


The course combines theory, practical examples, and interactional learning, and students are expected to actively participate through task assignments, presentations, and discussions. 

Course content

  • Supply chain risk management (SCRM) – overall concept and framework
    • Risk identification and assessment
    • Strategies for mitigating risks – network design, organising, and planning
  • Temporary and permanent supply chains – characteristics and connections
  • Tools and techniques in SCRM
  • SCRM in different types of contexts – applications and implications


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