Courses Supply Chain Management

38013 Supply Chain Management , 5 sp

Advanced studies
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Course description

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The course Supply Chain Management gives an overview of the subject on the masters level. The course introduces supply chain management concepts, trade-offs, and principles. The focus of the course is on supply chain performance, and on material and information flows in the global supply chain. Private vs public supply chains are contrasted, and their challenges discussed in more detail.

The core areas of the course are:
1. Material and information flows in the global supply chain
2. Interorganisational relations in the supply chain
3. Trade-offs in managing supply chain performance

The course is accessible to students on the masters level; and is primarily given to students majoring in Supply Chain Management & Social Responsibility, and those majoring in Humanitarian Logistics. The course is also open to students who want to take a course in the subject within their minor, or their electives.

Learning Goal

You have a thorough overview of different core concepts that have been applied to logistics and supply chain management.

After completing the course, you will be able to
  • describe, analyse and explain modern management principles for cooperation, decisions and control of companies in a supply chain, and of those who relate to ‘supply chain design’
  • analyse the context of the supply chain, evaluate trade-offs according to the context, and choose appropriate performance objectives
  • assess the implications of applying specific supply chain concepts
Additional Information

The examiner shall be notified if a student discontinues the course. The syllabus can be subject of modification.

International Learning Experience

The course is given by international faculty.


Completed bachelor’s degree.

Pre-course entrance assignment (pass/fail).


This is a blended learning course, thus instruction includes online individual and group assignments, as well as group assignments in class. 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: 20 hrs
non-scheduled work: 114 hrs

Recommended Time of Performance

As the first course in Supply Chain Management & Social Responsibility / Humanitarian Logistics on the masters level, and as the first course in the SCM&SR study module.


Pre-course entrance assignment (pass/fail).
Group assignments throughout the course (total 60%)
Individual learning log (total 30%)
Peer comments on learning log (total 10%)

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

The core reading for the course consists of article reading packages prior to face to face sessions. A reading list of journal articles, in-class cases and other materials will be provided on Moodle about four weeks before the start of the teaching period. Students are expected to access the articles that are compulsory for each session cf. list in Moodle (and complementary reading as well) through the on-line databases at Hanken. 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: 3

Open University: 10