Supply Chain Management

ESS Course thumbnail Supply Chain Management

It is expected that you will enter employment with an appropriate level of Strategic Supply Chain Management (SSCM) understanding and proficiency in everyday business usage. This course provides these essential business skills giving you a theoretical understanding of various SSCM applications supported through practical Case Study exercises.

Acquired skills

  • Appraise and strategically position the role of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (SCM) with modern manufacturing, retail and service industries
  • Critically evaluate, map and analyse the Supply Chain
  • Appreciate the need to apply differential service levels to segment markets
  • Understand the importance of benchmarking and supplier selection
  • Critically evaluate the lean, agile, sequence and synchronous approach to SCM

General information

Course term: 227.07. - 07.08.

Free seats: 12

Price: 700 €

Category: Bussiness & Marketing

Status: Early Bird

Deadline: 20.06.2019


The course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills of applying a variety of SSCM knowledge at the subject interface to support business decision making in this area of the subject. You will learn about how different forms of transport combine and operate to move goods and people around the world and how goods can effectively and efficiently be ordered, stored, despatched and delivered. It will also offer you a border understanding and an appreciation of the institutional challenges, tensions and future opportunities for growth within supply and distribution systems.

On completing the course, you will have developed knowledge and understanding of transport, inventory and supply chain management and be able to critically evaluate their functional areas. You will also be able to apply the appropriate Supply Chain Management techniques to support business problem-solving in a variety of situations.


  • Day 1Introduction and overview of the course contents and supply chain basics
  • Day 2Facility location and layout decision
  • Day 3Warehouse/inventory management and material handling
  • Day 4Logistics planning system (inventory planning and transportation planning)
  • Day 5JIT and quick response logistics (Zara and Uniqlo)
  • Day 6Toyota Production System, Lean think and continuous improvement
  • Day 7E procurement in supply chain
  • Day 8Reverse logistics and close loop supply chain management
  • Day 9Benchmarking the supply chain and global supply chain management
  • Day 10Managing the supply chain risk (horsemeat scandal, mars product recall)

Course is running: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 14:00


Lecturer Dr. Jie Ma avatar

Dr Jie Ma


Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University, UK

Senior lecturer in Operations Management


Dr Jie Ma is a senior lecturer in Operations Management in Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University, UK. He has a broad interest in supply chain management and supply chain risk management. He is particularly interested in Lean transformation in the automotive industry. Jie is also conducting research in crisis management and social network analysis within the realm of Big Data.

Course outline

Method of delivery

The course will provide you with a theoretical underpinning of the content, supported by a series of case studies and discussion which will give you an opportunity to practice the various techniques and topics studied, allowing you to build up a subject proficiency and the necessary skills of interpretation and communication of findings. There will be a number of additional exercises housed on the course that will permit you to undertake further study independently. The course has a supporting reading list that provides you with an opportunity to see how the various decision making techniques are applied to further managerial and research-based problems.

The course has serval inter-related individual analytical exercises, case studies and group presentations. The final exercise is based on an evaluation of a supply chain organisation (i.e. part of a Supply Chain in either a Manufacturing; Retail or Service Industry) and make an individual oral presentation of the findings.

Literature and resources

  • Harrison, A., & Van Hoek, R. I. (2014). Logistics management and strategy: competing through the supply chain. Pearson Education.
  • Slack, N., Chambers, S., & Johnston, R. (2016). Operations management. Pearson education.
  • Ma, J., Jiao, F., Lau, C. K., & Lin, Z. (2018). The relationships between shop floor management and QCCs to support Kaizen. International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, 35(9), 1941-1955.
  • Turker, D., & Altuntas, C. (2014). Sustainable supply chain management in the fast fashion industry: An analysis of corporate reports. European Management Journal, 32(5), 837-849
  • Monden, Y. (2011). Toyota production system: an integrated approach to just-in-time. Productivity Press.
  • Nurmandi, A., & Kim, S. (2015). Making e-procurement work in a decentralized procurement system: A comparison of three Indonesian cities. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 28(3), 198-220.


You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course. Please inform the organizing staff if you require any extra supplements, such as Transcript of Records. The student is eligible to receive up to 5 ECTS credits, however please follow the instructions here and consult the acknowledgment process with your university in advance.


  • attendance in class 15%
  • team assignment 40%
  • individual assignment 35%
  • exam 10%

Course time total 125 hours

  1. Total time of in-class work = 50hours
  2. Preliminary assignment = 10hours
  3. Preparation = 65hours


Course fee includes the course itself, application fee, study materials, Prague public transportation ticket for 2 weeks, afternoon/evening social activities and events, welcome drink and goodbye graduation party. Other expenses, such as meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside of town over the weekend and entrance fees), and required equipment (i.e. pencils, paper for illustrations) are not included in the price.

Please note, after the 30th of April 2020 there will be a late enrollment fee charged in the amount of 50EUR on top of the course fee.

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