In today’s global market, it is no more enterprise competing against enterprise, but rather it is supply chain against supply chain. This course will introduce the fundamentals of supply chain management and will capitalize on the unique voyage experience to put these fundamentals in a global context. Adopting a value chain approach that consider the upstream and downstream flow of materials, information and cash, different real case studies in the regions visited will be used to relate to the discussed supply chain concepts.
Topics covered will include supply chain design strategies, metrics of supply chain performance, networks coordination/integration, and basic tools for effective and efficient supply chain processes management. The course also relates logistics, sourcing, inventory control and order fulfillment activities to supply chain operational excellence. This will be accomplished through a mix of readings of selected cases, project, and group and individual exercises. Students will also engage in some games and simulation to experience various supply chain management practical challenges.
By the end of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to identify global supply chain opportunities, describe supply chain operations strategies and perform critical analysis for different processes supply chain.
*Note: This class is delivered when lunch is served.
Field WorkCountry: Costa Rica
Date: December 12, 2019
The field class will focus on examining the coffee value chain as a way to start to understand the basics of supply chains, their management and how to capture and improve value addition along the supply chain. The visit will involve exploring upstream growing activities as well as midstream processing activities and downstream logistics. Students will analyze and present their observations and gathered data according to the supply chain management concepts studied in class.
- To understand the various components of the coffee value chain in Costa Rica
- To explore the key economic, social and environmental issues that face growers upstream and processors and distributors midstream in Costa Rica.
- To discuss the kinds of management practices that can be used to improve the value added activities in the coffee supply chain while maintaining a better sustainability performance.