Supply Chain Management
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The General Management block is followed by a deep dive into Supply Chain Management. Where standard MBA degrees often provide one overview class in Operations, our programme dedicates multiple modules to teach how supply chains work and should be managed for business performance.
Understanding Supply Chain Management in contrast to managing individual functions or cutting costs in silos. Distinguishing between tactical, operational, and strategic decision-making. Review how rational but conflicting objectives can reduce performance in a business system. Managing the uncertainty cycle and the efficient frontier. How to design the supply chain for better performance, and ultimately make it a competitive advantage.
Introduction to the SCOR standard reference process model and its applications. Discussion of its individual building blocks and metrics. How to get started using SCOR in one’s own business environment.
Teaching Methods: lecture and discussion, case study.
How demand planning and forecasting techniques work. Discuss strategies for supply chain partnerships and the consequences of these relationships on information flow and demand management. Understanding the MRPII/ERP concept and its application in long-term as well as rough-cut planning of the supply chain. Study lean management, just-in-time (JIT), Kanban, and product variety management.
Teaching method: lecture and discussion, group case study.
Lecturer: Paul Schönsleben
Understand the strategic importance of the procurement function of a firm, as well as the current challenges they face. Study the organisational setup and supporting technology (eProcurement) for the procurement function. Become familiar with the ingredients of a comprehensive supplier management system. Review the increasing importance of risk in purchasing and supply management, as well as an introduction to sustainability and supply management.
Teaching method: lecture and discussion, group case study
Lecturers: Daniel Mahler
Gain a fundamental understanding of Production Planning and Control (PPC), including functions, objects, and targets, fundamental parameters governing the process, and how to design a PPC system. The basics of factory planning are presented from a logistics point of view. Interfaces to the supply chain processes SC Buy, and SC Deliver are explored. Various companies which have implemented a factory planning project are discussed.
Teaching method: lecture and discussion, group exercise.
Return and Sustainability
Learn the key value drivers of supply chain sustainability. Gain an overview on how life cycle thinking and sustainability can be integrated into supply chain management. Obtain an introduction in relevant environmental, social and governance aspects impacting the company’s bottom line. Understand and compare supply chain sustainability standards, frameworks and initiatives. Discuss different ways of supplier engagement from due diligence to capacity building and joint value creation.
Lecturer: Thomas Streiff
Integration of Concepts
Lecturer: Sandra Transchel