mgehd2223  2019-2020  Mons

Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
6 credits
30.0 h
Catanzaro Daniele;
Basic notions of mathematics, probability theory and
Main themes
Supply chain management has gained tremendous
momentum over the past decades and is rightfully seen as
a competitive imperative in today's far-reaching and
increasingly more complex supply networks. However,
coordinating a supply chain represents a huge challenge,
and requires understanding how integrated supply chains
can delight customers, how to overcome adverse supply
chain dynamics, how to manage inventory and information,
as well as how to preserve superior supplier relationships.
Advancing supply chain management can deliver dramatic
results; it can put a company ahead of competition or leave
it behind.
In this course, several important concepts and topics will
be addressed:
- Introduction to the supply chain, its main concepts and its
- Strategic supply chain design and facility location
- Inventory management
- Information flows in the supply chain
- Outsourcing, supplier relationships and revenue
- New trends in supply chain management

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this course, the student is able to:
- Explain the importance of supply chain management in
today's companies' competitive strategy.
- Identify the main characteristics of a company's supply
chain strategy, in particular related to the main drivers of
supply chain performance.
- Analyze the consistency of a company's supply chain
strategy with its competitive strategy and its customer
- Propose recommendations in the right direction to
validate or improve a company's supply chain strategy.
- Choose and apply the right inventory policy to a particular
case, based on structured reasoning.
- Recognize the impact of other functions and of other
stages on a company's supply chain strategy.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
This course introduces to the foundations of strategic supply chain design. It shows the importance of selecting the right number, location, and size of warehouses, plants, and production lines. It teaches how to determine the territories of your facilities, what product should be made where, how product should flow through the supply chain, how to develop quantitative models for supply chain, how to solve such models, and how to critically analyses and adopt the relative solutions in order to make strategical operational decisions.
The course is divided into two parts. The first part (Foundation of strategic supply chain network design) includes the following topics: the value of supply chain network modeling, intuition building with center of gravity models, locating facilities using a distance-based approach, alternative service levels and sensitivity analysis, adding capacity to the model, adding costs to two echelon supply chains, adding outbound transportation to the model, introducing facility fixed and variable costs, baseline and optimal baselines. The second part (advanced modeling and expanding to multiple echelons) includes the following topics: the three echelon supply chain modeling, adding multiple products and multi-site production sourcing, multi-objective optimization, how to get industrial strength results, data aggregation in network design, case studies.
Teaching methods
Blackboard lectures.
Evaluation methods
Continuous evaluation, with written exams in itinere. Precise details will be provided during the first lecture. The participation to the first lecture is mandatory.
The lectures will be integrated with some capita selecta from the following references: (1) S. Heipcke. Applications of optimization with Xpress-MP. Dash Optimization, 2002. (2) M. Watson, S. Lewis, J. Jayaraman, and P. Cacioppi. Supply Chain Network Design. FT Press, 2012.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Management (shift schedule)

Master [120] in Management (shift schedule)