IT-Enabled Supply Chain Management
The course will enable the students to analyze a supply chain and identify solutions where information technology can optimize the collaboration between actors in the supply chain network.
Supply chains connect businesses in global networks of collaboration to provide customers with services and products. Effective management of supply chains is highly dependent on up-stream and down-stream information sharing and on IT-infrastructures to capture, store and process information.
Enabling supply chain management through IT represents the exemplar instance of business process innovation in the increasingly global economy and it requires complex combinations of a wide portfolio of IT hardware, software and network technologies.
The course aims at enabling the student to analyse information processing requirements to support management of complex supply chains, to describe the role of IT hardware, software, and network technologies in enabling supply chain management and to help firms select and design IT solutions to support supply chain management.
The course covers classical supply chain topics like coordination across actors in the supply chain, optimizing supply chain performance, supply chain networks, planning and forecasting and pricing / revenue management for optimal supply chain surplus. It then introduces IT enabling technologies like decision support, business information and big data technologies, e-commerce and digital supply chain as well as Internet of Things technologies and applications.
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- Describe down-stream and up-stream information flows and their role in supply chain management
- Describe the role of various forms of IT hardware, software, and network technologies in enabling management of supply chains
- Describe and recognise the opportunities and the challenges related to collaboration as firms engage in IT-related process innovation across a supply chain
- Analyse challenges and options related to vertical integration (granularity of information capture) as well as horizontal integration (sharing of information)
- Assess and criticise key practices of how information technology can be used to manage knowledge, enhance efficiency, aid in decision making, and create a strategic competitive advantage in supply chains
The course is organized around lectures and readings supplemented with group discussions and exercises. The theoretical material is supplemented with case studies where key issues of supply chain integration is analyzed and solutions developed through group discussions. Students are required to participate in group work and make presentations in class.
There are no mandatory activities.
The course literature is published in the course page in LearnIT.
Ordinary examExam type:
B: Oral exam, external (7-trinsskala)
B1I: Oral exam with time for preparation. Inhouse. The preparation will take place at the university.
The duration of the exam: 30 minutes incl. assessment and feedback Preparation time: 30 minutes.