Supply chains focus onto value creation networks of often legally independent companies that are tightly connected via different linkages or flows (e.g. material, information and financial flows). The course “Supply Chain Management (SCM)” elaborates those linkages across companies and specifically addresses issues of supply chain design, planning, coordination and optimization. Collaborative process concepts integrating the different business activities of the companies in the supply chain are investigated in detail. For each lectured topic related IT-Systems are introduced and their application in Supply Chain Management is discussed. Furthermore, the different modes of usage and architectures of Information Systems in Supply Chain Management are examined. Case studies carried out with the help of SCM tools currently used in practice underline the practical aspects of the contents taught.
Academic: The course’s major academic outcome is a broad and profound understanding of supply chains’ challenges, targets, and related concepts for managing supply chain activities. Furthermore, a profound knowledge in actual methods and concepts of supply chain design, modeling, planning, and optimization should be obtained. Soft skills: Students are encouraged to prepare the contents of the lecture and exercise and to perform follow-up work in teams. This is supported by a Learnweb discussion forum that is guided by the chair. Case studies that accompany the lecture especially in Supply Chain Design and Planning provide the opportunity for students to get acquainted to selected SCM tools and to apply them in a realistic scenario. The case studies are organized as group work and thus promote the students’ ability to cooperate in teams. The intermediary results are presented regularly by the groups in front of the complete audience. This enhances the students’ presentation and discussion skills.