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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 1-week course you will quickly understand the mechanisms used to safeguard 'smooth' flows in global supply chains.
  • Entry requirements:
    Bachelor level
  • Taught by:
    You will learn from distinguished Prof. Bart Vos and Wendy van der Valk (both winners of the TiSEM Excellent Teacher Award), and from lecturers Dr. E. Rosca and Drs. M. Overboom.
  • Start date:
    Monday 8 July 2019
  • Duration | ECTS:
    1 week | 2 ECTS
  • Language of instruction:
  • School:
    Economics and Management (TiSEM)
  • Course fee:
    Course fee: €500
    - 10% early bird discount*
    - 10% discount for current Tilburg University students*
    - 10% discount for students from partner universities*
  • *Combining discounts is not possible

Course aims

After following the SCM course students should:

Have acquired an overview of leading SCM concepts and models in the context of a globalizing economy;

  • Be able to assess the value and impact of contemporary SCM on a company’s competiveness;
  • Be able to apply relevant SCM knowledge in business cases and/or assignments;
  • Have observed and experienced SCM processes at work via company visits.

Course content

Supply Chain Management (SCM) concerns the coordination and integration of goods and services related activities aiming to improve operating efficiency, quality and customer service performance among supply chain parties. To make an impact in contemporary global business environments, these parties must be transparent in sharing relevant supply chain information. Moreover, effective collaboration with other business functions like marketing and research & development is of utmost importance to maintain and improve competiveness in a globalizing world economy.

You will gain:

The course on ‘Cultural Diversity: Theory and Practice’ features a unique constellation of theoretical, interactive teaching modules, as well as fully practical modules (business cases, practice exercises, and roleplaying games), and requires participants to prepare and work on their presentational skills as well as their report writing. In addition, we will feature a number of guest speakers to further broaden the scope of the course.

The various SCM topics covered in this course 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 are listed below:

  • Purchasing:  Examples of purchasing or (inbound) supply management issues are contract management, developing and managing supplier relationships, and sustainable buyer-supplier collaboration.
  • Production: Attention is paid to various dominant production philosophies and principles, including the Japanese lean production system with a focus on eliminating waste and continuous improvement. Moreover, core elements of a company's planning & control system are introduced.
  • Distribution:  Examples of relevant decisions from a (outbound) distribution perspective are warehousing, the 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.

Moreover attention is paid to the international dimensions of SCM. In a globalizing world SCM professionals will be confronted with the impact of cultural diversity, posing an additional challenge in assuring the best possible 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 course has a minimum attendance requirement of 80%.
    • This summer school offers you a stimulating mix of plenary classes, small group work sessions, and company visits.
    • You will be asked to work on an assignment to apply relevant SCM concepts on a real-world company of their choice. At the end of the course, you will have to present your findings.
    • Your final course grade will be based on this assignment. 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 re-sit.

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