International Aspects of Logistics

Brief description

What is globalization?

  • How to measure it
  • Drivers of globalisation
  • Hyperglobalisation, slowbalisation, deglobalisation
  • Different -shorings
  • Are reshoring and nearhoring only myths?
  • Policies for reshoring and nearshoring
  • The impact of the COVID pandemic
  • The impact of the war in Ukraine
  • What lies ahead?
  • Implications for Eastern Europe
  • Flows between big players, which products?
  • Trade policy: definition and instruments
  • Tariffs (Types of tariffs, EU CO2 CBAM)
  • Non-tariff measures (NTMs)
  • Free trade agreements (principles and treaties, Types and characteristics of FTAs, FTAs of the EU, RCEP, Standards: important content of FTAs, Network of FTAs)
  • Trade policy evaluation
  • Gravity model (light introduction)
  • Effects of trade policy (tariffs, NTMs, FTAs) on trade flows, GDP
  • Global value chains (GVCs)/supply chains
  • Smile curve
  • The Multilateral Trading System (MTS) in the context of geopolitical developments vs. Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreement
The WTO:
  • Functioning of the organization, role, WTO reform, Main results of MC13 2024 in Abu Dhabi and what’s ahead for MC14 2026
  • Plurilaterale Initiatives
  • JSIs E-Commerce
  • Investment Facilitation Agreement for Development (IFDA)
  • Aid for Trade
  • Trade and Environment: Multilateral debate and plurilateral initiatives (Trade and Environmental Sustainability Discussions ; Plastics Dialogue; Fossil Fuel Subsidies Reform)
  • Trade and Gender
  • Understanding EU Trade Policy in general and the role of the permanent representation of Austria to the WTO in particular
  • Resilient Supply chains and the role of international organizations; creating a Level Playing Field
Globalization and the environment:
  • Stylized facts on international trade and the environment•
  • How does globalization affect the environment?
  • Globalization and the environment: Policy
  • International trade and climate change
  • Effect of environmental regulation on emissions
Incoterms 2020.
  • Structure and meanings of IncotermsMeaning and importance in a modern Supply Chain
  • Steering the Supply chain by using Incoterms
  • Link with other logistic regulations and laws
  • Examples in daily live: Understanding the meaning of a modern Supply Chain within logistics projects by the example of Siemens AG Austria; organizational setup of project logistics; explaining the daily work of project logistics manager; practical issues of international logistic projects and Supply Chains

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.
Breinbauer, A., Brennan, L., Jäger, J., Nachbagauer, A.G.M, Nölke, A. (ed).(2019): Emerging Market Multinationals and Europe. Challenges and Strategies.
Hag-Min, K., Li, P. & Lee, R. (2020): Observations of deglobalization against globalization and impacts on global business. International Trade, Politics and Development 4(2).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Live classes, blended learning, self-study, Guest lectures: WIIW, WTO and Siemens AG

Assessment methods and criteria

Identification of questions and generation of answers, based on the guest lectures (30%).
Final written exam 70 %, on the basis of the pool of questions.
Criteria: task-specific requirements concerning structure and scope of students’ work, comprehensibility and confirmability of students’ argumentation, level of detail, depth of detailed problem analysis and problem description.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Modules Logistics Excellence I, Agiles Management & digitale Transformation I


Degree programme

Logistics & Strategic Management (Master)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



2 SS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course, students are able

  • to name and understand the trends of globalisation (hyperglobalisation, slowbalisation, deglobalisation) (1,2),
  • to understand the basic meaning of international trade, foreign direct investments (FDI) and geopolitics between major political players and their interests, in particular U.S., EU, China and other relevant Emerging Markets (1, 2),
  • to understand the effects of globlisation on environment (1,2)
  • to explain, verify and analyze the most important sources, streams and sinks of most traded and transported goods and their mode of transport (2, 3, 4),
  • to name and explain most common international trade agreements (1, 2),
  • to name, explain and analyze the tasks and role of the most important institutions in international trade, e.g. WTO, Worldbank, IMF (1, 2, 3, 4),
  • to name, explain and analyze the tasks and role of Freetrade Agreements (FTA) (1, 2, 3, 4),
  • to explain the outsourcing, shoring, near-shoring and reshoring (2),
  • to name and explain the most common INCOTERMS in international trade and its consequences on the organization of transport chains (1, 2),
  • to understand and explain the complexity of multimodal transport chains, especially how trade and transport documents are used and handled (2),
  • to understand and to explain the prerequisites and possibilities of Ecommerce in international trade (1, 2),
  • to evaluate possible developments of international trade, especially digitalization/automation of international transport: goods flow and information flow (5),
  • to explain international trade and its consequences on social and ecological sustainability (2),
  • to develop alternative supply chain scenarios due to current risks in supply chains and supply chain management (6).

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