Courses Supply Chain Strategy for Sustainability

38015 Supply Chain Strategy for Sustainability , 5 sp

Advanced studies
Teaching language
Course description

Course introduces principles and practices that facilitate responsible and sustainable supply chain strategies and operations. Course is accessible to students from each of the MSc routes with an interest in supply chain management (SCM) and/or environmental issues.

Indicative content includes but is not limited to a brief overview of corporate strategy and SCM; concepts of sustainability in general and pertaining to SCM; reverse and closed-loop supply chains and the circular economy; concepts of cleaner production and sustainable procurement and sourcing, packaging, storage and transportation; supply chain sustainability risks and resilience; sustainability standards and legislation pertaining to supply chains; and how to ‘green’ a supply chain.

The course can be taken as part of the study module in Corporate Responsibility.

Learning Goal

You have insights about connections between SCM strategies and sustainability issues such as emissions, resource consumption and recycling. You have skills in solving problems and challenging accepted strategies, practices or ideas with reasoned arguments.

After completing the course, you will be able to
  • synthesise contemporary theory and practice to identify the relevance and significance of developing responsible supply chain strategies;
  • critically evaluate the sustainability of selected supply chain strategies from contemporary case studies;
  • make informed judgements about how legislation and management practices can limit the environmental impact of supply chain strategies.
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.

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 (50%)
Individual assignment (50%)

Every part 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.

The core reading for the course, available in the Hanken library, is:

  • Grant, D. B., Trautrims, A. & Wong, C. Y. (2017). Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management. 2nd edition. London: Kogan Page. (ISBN 9780749478278), or
  • Any previous edition of Grant, Trautrims & Wong Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management either as a hard copy or e-book.

A reading list of journal articles 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.

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

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