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Full info last published 3/02-22
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BSc in Global Business Informatics
Course manager
Part-time Lecturer
Course Academic Responsible
Associate Professor, Head of study programme
Course semester
Efterår 2021
30 August 2021
31 January 2022
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The course will enable the students to analyse a supply chain and identify solutions where information technology can optimise 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.

Formal prerequisites
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
Learning activities

The course is organised 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 analysed and solutions developed through group discussions. Students are required to participate in group work and make presentations in class.

Mandatory activities

There are no mandatory assignments

The student will receive the grade NA (not approved) at the ordinary exam, if the mandatory activities are not approved and the student will use an exam attempt.

Course literature

Supply Chain Management - Strategy, Planning and Operation 7th edition by Sunil Chopra

Selected litterature will be provided during the course

Student Activity Budget
Estimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
  • Preparation for lectures and exercises: 30%
  • Lectures: 20%
  • Exercises: 20%
  • Assignments: 20%
  • Exam with preparation: 10%
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
B: Oral exam, External (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
B1I: Oral exam with time for preparation. In-house.
Exam duration per student for the preparation:
30 minutes
Invigilator present for the preparation:
Exam duration per student for the oral exam:
30 minutes

Exam type:
B: Oral exam, External (7-point scale)

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