ORL-31306 Advanced Supply Chain Management


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. JM Bloemhof
Lecturer(s)dr. KGJ Pauls-Worm
dr. ir. MPM Meuwissen
prof. dr. JH Trienekens
prof. dr. JM Bloemhof
dr. AA Trujillo Barrera
dr. CN Verdouw
Examiner(s)dr. KGJ Pauls-Worm
prof. dr. ir. JGAJ van der Vorst
prof. dr. JH Trienekens
dr. ir. MPM Meuwissen
prof. dr. JM Bloemhof
prof.dr. ir. GJ Hofstede
dr. AA Trujillo Barrera

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ORL-20306 Decision Science 1; MST-21306 Advanced Management and Marketing; MST-24806 Supply Chain Management.

Continuation courses:

BEC-30306 Advanced Agricultural Business Economics; INF-31306 Information Systems; MCB-31306 Innovations in Marketing Decision Making; MST-31306 Case Studies Management; ORL-30806 Operations Research and Logistics.


This course provides a theoretical basis for multi-disciplinary analysis and improvement of supply chains and networks, focusing especially on supply chain modelling methods. It builds upon the (qualitative) theories and concepts discussed in the course Supply Chain Management (MST-24806) and the (quantitative) methods and techniques to support decision processes discussed in the course Decision Science 1 (ORL-20306). In this course, the focus is on decision support methods for operational performance, tactical operations management and strategic partnership in supply chains.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- apply presented algorithms and techniques to calculate an answer for a provided decision problem;
- apply supply chain concepts from logistics, marketing, management, information science and economics in a provided business case;
- analyse supply chain processes;
- use the analysis of the supply chain processes in order to construct redesigns of specific supply chain configurations;
- deduce a quantitative model for a presented decision problem in the supply chain;
- evaluate outcomes of decision support systems in order to make decisions in the supply chain;
- interpret the interactions between the various supply chain processes and the impact of these interactions on decision making.


- study the book;
- active participation in lectures;
- tutorials and computer practicals.


- written closed book exam with open questions (80%);
- practicals and assignments in pairs(20%).
To pass the course the written exam requires a minimum of 5.50.


Sunil Chopra and Peter Meindl. (2013). Supply Chain Management, Strategy, Planning and Operation. 5th ed. Publisher: Pearson. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-274395-2.

Restricted Optional for: MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScD: Management, Innovation and Life Sciences5AF
MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScA: Management Studies5AF