In-Company Short Training Courses in Supply Chain Planning.

Course Title: International Supply Chain Management.

The course is designed to:

Enable the student to understand the concepts and context of international supply chain management in a globalising economy. To be able to map and analyse international supply chains across the complex relationships between the multiple enterprises which comprise them and to be able to develop and describe strategic supply chain responses to the organisation’s goals and objectives.

Course aims:

To prepare the student for the management demands of international supply chain management within a major organisation, including raising an awareness of the current theoretical frameworks and practical options for deployment of supply chain management approaches in an International context and to prepare the student for management within a multi-functional, multi-cultural setting.

Learning outcomes – At the end of the course students will be expected to be able to:

  • Analyse how supply chain management approaches have become central to the success of large globalised enterprises.
  • Critically evaluate the drivers and enablers for a supply chain strategy for individual business circumstances.
  • Know how to develop appropriate supply chain management strategies including the use of quality, lean, agile and value analysis engineering.
  • Understand adapt and deploy lean thinking within the supply chain.
  • Recognise and know how to work within the constraints imposed on supply chain management strategy of multi-cultural contexts.
  • Analyse and recommend changes and improvement approaches to supply chain structures in use in particular business contexts.
  • Understand the role that inventory plays in the costs of the supply chain and how to map and describe optimum supply chain networks in terms of inventory holdings and goods in transit.

Indicative Content:

Supply Chain Management overview:

  • The fundamentals of supply chains.
  • Understanding the drivers and enablers of international supply chain management.
  • A review of the different supply chain dynamics by inductry sector.
  • The role of supply chains in delivering the business strategy.

Practical Aspects of Supply Chain Management:

  • Value engineering and value analysis in a supply chain context.
  • Lean supply chain theory.
  • Agile supply chain theory.
  • The concept of the Value Chain.
  • Adding value within a value chain vs. non value adding activities.
  • The role of 3rd Party Logistics Service Providers within the supply chain strategy.

Designing Supply Chains:

  • Supply chain mapping.
  • Four fields mapping.
  • Goldratt theory of constraints.
  • Lamming’s contingent theory of Supply Chains.
  • Objectives of the supply chain strategy.
  • Inventory within the supply chain.
  • Supply chain structure and network design.
  • Understanding how different modes of transport impact supply chain performance.
  • The conflict between centralised and decentralised stockholding on customer service levels.
  • Managing the multi-enterprise relationships inherent in today’s complex international supply chains.
  • Supply chain planning and Information management technologies.
  • The impact of the emergence of E-commerce on supply chain management
  • The impact of ethical, environmental and sustainability issues on supply chain management.
  • 7 key steps in supply chain design.

The multi-functional nature of supply chains:

  • Who owns the supply chain strategy within the organisation?
  • How do we align key functional goals to the needs of the end-to-end supply chain?
  • Understanding the conflict between service level and cost in the supply chain.

Legal and risk dimensions of international supply chain management:

  • Different cultures, laws and systems.
  • International conventions concerning the carriage of goods.
    • Carriers liability by mode of transport.
  • Moving goods managing risk, transferring title and ownership.
  • Using the appropriate terms of trade – Incoterms 2010®.
  • Insuring the supply chain risks – who is liable for loss or damage across international supply chains.
  • The fundamentals of mitigating supply chain risk.

Further reading:

The course will identify and cover in full detailed learning outcomes required for assessment purposes. However, if you wish to read further in order to supplement your learning and cement your understanding of the course, content, aims, and purposes, we recommend the following book(s):

Logistics & Supply Chain Management – Martin Christopher.

Excellence in global supply chain management  – Stuart Emmett and Barry Crocker.

Exploring Strategy – Johnson, Scholes and Whittington.