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Supply Chain Management

Course Number 2108

Professor Jan Hammond
Fall; Q1Q2; 3 credits
28 Sessions; Exam or Paper

Career Focus


This course is appropriate for students interested in pursuing careers in any management function (e.g., operations, marketing, finance) in firms that make, sell and/or distribute physical products, or in organizations (e.g., consulting firms, investment banks, private equity firms, software providers, transportation providers) that analyze, evaluate, and/or invest in -- or offer products and services to -- those firms.


Educational Objectives


Supply Chain Management (SCM) builds on aspects of the First-Year Technology and Operations Management (TOM) course. However, whereas first-year TOM focuses primarily on producing and developing products and services, SCM emphasizes managing product availability, especially in a context of rapid product proliferation, short product life cycles, and global networks of suppliers and customers. Hence, topics not examined in first-year TOM such as inventory management, distribution economics, demand forecasting, and supplier management are explored in depth in SCM.

SCM also differs from first-year TOM in that first-year TOM concentrates primarily on material and information flows within an organization, whereas SCM focuses on managing material and information flows across functional and organizational boundaries. Due to the boundary-spanning nature of supply chain management, the SCM course also has strong links to the first year courses in marketing, leadership, and strategy. The course emphasizes the "general manager's perspective" in supply chains. Cases in the course illustrate that barriers to integrating supply chains often relate to behavioral issues (e.g., misaligned incentives and change management challenges) and operational execution problems that fall squarely in the domain of the general manager. The course makes clear that suitable information technology and knowledge of analytical tools are necessary, but not sufficient, for supply chain integration.