Kurser Current Topics in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility

38012 Current Topics in Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility , 5 sp

Intermediate studies
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The course provides an enhanced understanding of current topics in supply chain management (SCM) focusing on basic concepts analysed through the latest developments in commercial and non-profit supply chains (SC). 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’. Today, companies are redefining their supply chains to respond to emerging market developments: emerging technologies (drones, automation, 3D printing-additive manufacturing), supply chain visibility (e.g. big data, internet of things, blockchain), the sharing economy or evolving customer channels are some of the developments transforming supply chains.

Indicative content includes, but is not limited to:

  • A brief overview of SCM concepts;
  • Identification and discussion of selected current SC topics; and the
  • Investigation of their implications for each supply chain member, and for SCM as a whole.
Learning Goal

You have an understanding of basic SC definitions and concepts, and insights about current topics and trends related to SCM. You are aware of the inter-relationships among those trends and SCM to better manage SCM processes. You are able to analyse impact of new trends on organisations and society, including both international and Finnish context.

After completing the course, you will be able to
  • communicate effectively with managers, through understanding of basic concepts and terminology
  • identify and present relevant SC topics
  • analyze their implications on supply chains
  • present your argument in coherent and structured way
International Learning Experience

The majority of modern operations are part of international supply chains, relying on connections with different regions and countries. Current topics also influencing SC at the international and global level. The course is given by international faculty, frequently reffering to international examples.


Passed pre-course assignment (pass/fail). See specifications and deadlines for the pre-course assignment in Moodle. 


Pre-course assignment

Lectures, seminars, one group tasks (report and presentation), two individual task

Participation in the introductory lecture is mandatory.

Total Student Workload

134 hours divided into
Scheduled (contact) hours: 20 h
Non-scheduled work: 114 h (incl. individual and group work)

Recommended Time of Performance

It's recommended, but not required, to take this course after completing the courses Logistics Management (Företagslogistik) or Operations Management.


Pre-course entrance assignment (pass/fail)
Group assignment report of no more than 2,500 words (30%)
Group presentation on selected topic (30%)
Two individual assignment reports of no more than 1,500 words  each (10% and 30%)

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

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 read ahead for the course, 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