Course description

Current Issues in Logistics, Operations and SCM


The competition has moved from competition between firms to competition between supply chains. Any company is linked to other organisations, whether it is suppliers, customers, logistics service providers, or other intermediaries. The performance of the individual firm is dependent on the strength and weaknesses of its partners in the supply chain. This development has had a significant impact on shippers and logistics service providers as well as on other participants in the supply chain, and particularly it has involved a set of strategic challenges concerning supply chain positioning and the role of the supply chain participants, supply chain integration, and supply network configuration and organisation. The objective of the course is to provide the students with an insight of these strategic issues, and how to approach some of them.

Course content

Topics in focus will be a selection among:

  • Logistics, OM and SCM in theory and practice
  • Creating Value through Logistics, OM and SCM
  • Network planning and Supply Chain Alliances
  • Outsourcing, Procurement and Supply Contracts
  • Organisational Issues in Logistics, OM and SCM
  • Global and environmental issues in SCM
  • Implementation of the SCM-concept

The course provides students with a framework of how to develop business cases in real life settings and requires use of tools, concepts and frameworks learnt in other OM, logistics and SCM courses.

Learning outcome knowledge

  • To gain knowledge of selected and current issues
  • To understand specific operational and strategic challenges of logistics and supply chains in selected industries
  • To gain understanding of selected current research areas in logistics, operations¬†and supply chain management
  • To gain understanding of the use of tools, models and frameworks within the field

Exam organisation

  • Written assignment: 60%
  • Class participation: 40%