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Supply Chain Management in Global Business: Making an Impact

TUSS - Intro 2

How to keep supply chains running smoothly in a ‘bumpy’ global environment? If you live in Northern Europe and have eaten an avocado recently, you have benefited from a supply chain! Supply chains play a crucial role in connecting markets and economies on a global scale; that is of course a great virtue. But there’s great vulnerability at work too: think about the impact of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and strikes on the movement of goods and people. 

Course information

This course in short

  • Content:
    In this course you will learn to understand the mechanisms used to safeguard 'smooth' flows in global supply chains.
  • Entry requirements:
    Bachelor students, particularly those in an (international) management program. English proficiency is required.
  • Taught by:
    Professor dr. ir. Bart Vos, Dr. ir. Wendy van der Valk (both winners of the TiSEM Excellent Teacher Award), Dr. ir. Cindy Kuijpers and Dr. Sangho Chae
  • Start date:
    Monday 9 July 2018
  • Duration | ECTS:
    1 week | 2 ECTS
  • Language of instruction:
  • School:
    Economics and Management (TiSEM)
  • Course fee:

    Course fee: €500

    • 10% discount for current Tilburg University students*
    • 10% discount for students from partner universities*

    *Combining discounts is not possible, discounts are not applicable for Language courses

Course aims

During this course you will:

  • Acquire an overview of leading SCM concepts and models in the context of a globalizing economy;
  • Assess the value and impact of contemporary SCM on a company’s competitiveness;
  • Apply relevant SCM knowledge to business cases and/or assignments;
  • Observe and experience SCM processes at work via company visits, for example to the well-known truck manufacturer DAF.

Course content

The various SCM topics covered in this course are designed around three vital parts of supply chains: purchasing, production, and distribution. In addition, specific attention is paid to relevant international dimensions in globalizing supply chains.

Some specific elements of the SCM summer course:

  • Purchasing: For example contract management, developing and managing supplier relationships, and sustainable buyer-supplier collaboration;
  • Production: You will learn about a variety of dominant production philosophies and principles, including the Japanese lean production system. You get an introduction to core elements of a company's planning & control system;
  • Distribution: You will examine such issues as warehousing, selection of appropriate modes of transportation (e.g. truck, ship, and airplane) and the choice of logistics services providers for the execution of distribution activities;
  • International topics: In a globalizing world SCM professionals will be confronted with the impact of cultural diversity. How to deal with this additional challenge in assuring supply chain performance?

Course materials and specifics

Course materials

The required course materials will be made available (electronically or hard copy) by the lecturers.

Course specifics

  • English proficiency is required.
  • This summer school offers you a stimulating mix of plenary classes, small group work sessions, and company visits.
  • Your final course grade will be based on your scores for the various assignments. To pass the course, an attendance rate of at least 80% is required. This is also a prerequisite for being allowed to participate in a resit.

Application and registration

Your registration for Tilburg University Summer School must be completed by May 31st, 2018. Tilburg University Summer School reserves the right to cancel the course in case there are not enough applicants. If the maximum number of students is reached, a waiting list will be used.


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