MST-24806 Supply Chain Management


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Problem-based learning6
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. JH Trienekens
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. JH Trienekens
prof. dr. ir. JGAJ van der Vorst
prof. dr. JM Bloemhof
prof.dr. ir. GJ Hofstede
dr. ir. MPM Meuwissen
dr. PTM Ingenbleek
Examiner(s)prof. dr. JH Trienekens

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MST-24306 (Introduction to Business Management and Marketing)

Continuation courses:

ORL-31306 Advanced Supply Chain Management


The course will provide a theoretical basis of and introduction to multi-disciplinary analysis of supply chains, supported by practical knowledge based on recent case-studies. It will enable the students to understand and analyse supply chain products and information flows and to understand supply chain improvement options. The focus will be on management and coordination of operational processes in supply chains, from supply of raw materials until delivery of end-products to consumers. Attention is paid to: 1. Supply Chain Management, including supply chain strategy design, customer fulfilment strategies, product development and order fulfilment, 2. Supply Chain Design, including globalisation aspects, cost management and outsourcing, 3. Supply Chain Collaboration, including relationships management, information sharing and performance measurement.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
- understand main concepts in the field of supply chain management;
- be familiar with management and coordination in supply chains
- be able to critically assess literature on supply chain management and make applications to real-life supply chains
- be knowledgeable about the main developments and issues in national as well as international food supply chains
- be able to understand improvement options in food supply chains regarding chain strategy, chain design and chain collaboration.


The programme consists of lectures in which the major Supply Chain Management issues are addressed, working in groups on case-studies and discussion meetings. In performing case studies (in small groups of 3-4 persons) students must achieve the capabilities to analyse supply chain issues and understand options for improvement.
- 14 lectures;
- 4 discussion meetings and guest lectures;
- 3 case studies (20 hrs/case);
- Literature;
- exam.


Written exam and cases-studies.



Compulsory for: BBCManagement and Consumer StudiesBScA: Management Studies4WD
Restricted Optional for: MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScA: Management Studies4WD
MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScD: Management, Innovation and Life Sciences2MO, 4WD
MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScD: Management, Innovation and Life Sciences4WD
MFTFood TechnologyMScB: Food Innovation and Management4WD
Compulsory for: WUSCMBSc Minor Supply Chain Management2MO
Restricted Optional for: WUBBSBSc Minor Bio-Based Technology4WD