Supply Chain Management Education

Overview of Program

The program consist of the following:

  • Face to face workshops conducted by leading professors of SCM.
  • Video conference workshops on specific topics conducted by leading professors of SCM,
  • Fifteen on-line, self paced learning modules for student follow-on learning and testing.
  • The Supply Chain Learning Environment, a state-of-the-art web-based, simulation teaching tool, that provides students with experiences managing supply chain relationships, information flows, and customer demand.

Program Components


This is a five day workshop for all participants that consist of lectures, case studies and team exercises designed to bring all participants to a basic level of proficiency in SCM concepts and build relationships with the students and program professors. This workshop can be done "face to face" or using video conferences, depending upon the budget.

Common SCM Modules:

These are video conference sessions designed to build knowledge in SCM concepts common to both specialties (purchasing and logistics). The specific modules included will be selected during a short assessment conducted after the proposal is accepted.

Common SCM Modules:

  • Overview of Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Organization Structure and Strategy
  • Operations and Supply Chain Strategy
  • SCM Processes (Purchasing, Logistics, Forecasting, Etc.)
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Managing Production across the Supply Chain (MPS, MRP, APS)
  • Supply Chain Information Systems
  • The Supply Chain Operation Reference (SCOR) model.
  • Customer Driven Quality Management
  • Capacity Management
  • Supply Chain Design and Improvement Approaches (Lean Production, JIT, BPR, Six Sigma Tools, etc.)

Simulator Modules:

This program also includes the supply chain simulation exercises which consist of three sessions (set-up, round 1 and final round). The supply chain simulation, or Supply Chain Learning Environment, was developed to enable the student to get hands-on experience in working in a critical supply chain role in a virtual network of companies forming a supply chain. The tool simulates two tiers of a supply chain (manufacturing and distribution).

The entire class of students can work on the simulation at the same time, playing on different teams.

Simulator Modules Objectives:

  • Develop a supply/distribution environmental assessment
  • Develop a marketing & supply chain strategic plan
  • Conduct supplier/customer evaluation
  • Develop and prepare a negotiation strategy
  • Develop a supply chain contract based on total cost of ownership
  • Manage the relationship after the contract is executed
  • Manage inventory, pricing, capacity and order fulfillment processes in the supply chain
  • Understand the impact of supply chain decisions on profitability and assets

Specialty Modules:

These are three video conference sessions designed to build knowledge in SCM concepts specific to a specialty.

The specific modules included will be selected during a short assessment conducted after the proposal is accepted.

Focus Paths -Examples

Logistics Modules:

  • Transportation Network Design and Optimization
  • Pack Design for Logistics
  • Logistics Planning
  • Warehouse Management
  • Inventory Management and Optimization
  • Distribution Planning and Optimization
  • Global Issues in Logistics (INCO terms, freight, etc.)

Purchasing Modules:

  • The Roles and Responsibilities of Purchasing
  • Supplier Quality
  • Supplier Selection and Qualification
  • Total Cost of Ownership
  • Price/Cost Management
  • Negotiations for Strategic Sourcing
  • Relationship Management

On-line Modules

On-Line Learning Modules:

Web based, self paced learning modules will be utilized in this program as pre- or post- class work for the students. The modules will be timed and synchronized with the workshops or modules as the program is configured after the assessment. All modules are presented in English or Chinese. The student can switch between either language on a slide by slide basis.

On-Line Learning Modules:

  • SCM Overview
  • Analyzing Supply Chain Information Flow
  • Supply Chain planning
  • Production Planning
  • Production Optimization
  • The Role of Purchasing
  • Warehousing
  • Warehouse Operations I
  • Warehouse Operations II
  • Transportation Overview
  • Transportation Optimization
  • Transportation Planning
  • Pack Management I
  • Inventory Basics
  • Inventory Optimization

Online Modules - Screenshots


The text books used in this program are:

  • Operations and Supply Chain Management, R. Handfield, and C. Bozarth, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005.
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management, Handfield, Robert B. and Ernest L. Nichols, Jr., Prentice Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey (1999) (ISBN: 0-13-621616-1). Chinese language edition Prentice Hall-Taiwan, (ISBN: 957-584-890-X).

Project Review, Testing and Graduation:

Students will be asked to identify a project during the kick-off session. They will work on this project over the program and make a final presentation at the testing and graduation workshop. This will be a video conference session. The testing will be an on-line test which the students can complete before the final session. Certificates will be awarded to each student for successful competition of the program.

English for Special Purposes (ESP):

In addition, this program includes English for Special Purpose (ESP) support and coaching throughout the program. This provides individual training and coaching on the translation of supply chain terms and principles presented in English to the Chinese language and culture.

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