Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management

  • Definition analysis of SCM and logistics
  • Necessity and development of SCM due to complexity and uncertainty
  • Beer Game and Bullwhip Effect
  • SCM as management of flows of goods, information, and value
  • Process triggering push and pull
  • Supply chain processes as cycles
  • Supply chain mapping
  • Supply chain modelling
  • Supply chain strategy and competitive strategy
  • Aggregate planning

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Chopra, S., & Meindl, P. (2016): Supply chain management: Strategy, planning, and operation, Pearson.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Input, mini case presentation and discussion, self-study of selected content, mini group work and presentation, homework

Assessment methods and criteria

Final written exam 70%, case studies, group assignments, quizzes (30%)
Criteria: structure and scope of task-specific solutions, comprehensibility and confirmability of argumentation, level of detail, detailedness of problem analysis und problem description

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

Logistics & Transport Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



3 WS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course students can

  • name and understand the intercompany spanning concept of supply chain management (1,2)
  • explain the necessity of supply chain management within and between companies (2)
  • define and explain the scope of supply chain management: goods, information, and value flows (1,2)
  • name and explain basic concepts and principles of supply chain management (1,2)
    • hierarchies of supply chain management processes – decision phases
    • supply chain drivers
    • process view
    • cycle view
    • process triggers
    • strategic fit between competitive strategy and supply chain strategy
  • explain the conclusions of the beer game (2)
  • explain the role of inventory management concepts as major performance and cost driver in supply chain management (1,2)
  • explain and to implement aggregate planning measures in mid- and long-term production program planning (2,3)

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