Courses Emerging Issues and Challenges in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility

38014 Emerging Issues and Challenges in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility , 5 sp

Advanced studies
Teaching language
Course description

This course provides an enhanced understanding of emerging issues and challenges in supply chain management (SCM) and social responsibility. SCM is defined as the ‘planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion, and all logistics management activities …includes coordination and collaboration with channel partners [and] integrates supply and demand management within and across companies’. This holistic view of SCM allows identification of emerging developments and/ or trends that have the potential to alter or disrupt competitive balance, planning assumptions, cost structures, and conventional timelines in supply chain practices.

Indicative content includes but is not limited to a brief overview of SCM; discussion of important and active trends emerging at the time of the course; investigation of their implications for SCM and related activities; and development of potential solutions to address disruptive implications on global and national levels.

For example, indicative topics are important at the beginning of 2020 include, inter alia, supply chain (in)visibility and (de)globalisation; logistics skills, skills shortages and human resources; technology such as the internet of things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, blockchain, cyber-security and artificial intelligence (AI)/ machine learning; sustainability, corporate responsibility including migration and supply chain slavery, and the circular economy; and (de)consumption, e-commerce and services.

Learning Goal

You have insights about emerging issues and challenges in SCM and insights about current topics and trends related to SCM. You have an awareness of the inter-relationships among those trends and SCM to better manage SCM processes.

After completing the course, you will be able to
  • synthesise contemporary theory and practice to identify relevant emerging issues and challenges in SCM
  • critically evaluate their implications on SCM strategies and processes
  • develop relevant and feasible solutions to embrace or limit their impact on SCM and organizatons
Additional Information

The examiner shall be notified if a student chooses to discontinue the course or if the student fails to submit any piece of assessment. Said student will be removed from WebOodi and Moodle at the point of discontinuation.


Pre-course entrance assignment (pass/fail).

Completed bachelor’s degree.


Course delivery is via a mix of lectures and in-class case discussions and exercises using case studies, journal articles and current thinking from key academic and practitioner texts. Delivery will be held in conjunction with BSc students enrolled on 38012.

All students must attend the first session to confirm their registration for the course.

Total Student Workload

134 hours divided into
Scheduled (contact) hours: 18 h
Non-scheduled work: 116 h


Pre-course entrance assignment (pass/fail).
Group assignment (60%)
Individual assignment (40%)

Every assessment component of the course needs to be passed with a minimum of 50% in order to pass the course.

All parts of the course need to be passed in the same academic year.

There is no core text for this course.

A reading list of journal articles, in-class cases and other materials will be provided on Moodle. Students are expected to read ahead for the course, especially in-class cases, as there will no reading time in-class. Any readings not available through the Hanken library system as well as all in-class cases will be posted on Moodle.

Non-degree studies (Open University, JOO and Contract Studies)

Quota for JOO-students: 5
Quota for the Open University: 30