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
In this course, several important concepts and topics will
- 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 :
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 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.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.Blackboard lectures.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.Continuous evaluation, with written exams in itinere. Precise details will be provided during the first lecture. The participation to the first lecture is mandatory.