GRA 6722 Current Issues in Logistics, Operations and SCM


GRA 6722 Current Issues in Logistics, Operations and SCM

Responsible for the course
Marianne Jahre

Department of Accounting - Auditing and Business Analytics

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

The competition has moved from competition between firms to competition between supply chains. Any company is linked to other organisations, whether it is suppliers, customers, logistics service providers, or other intermediaries. The performance of the individual firm is dependent on the strength and weaknesses of its partners in the supply chain. This development has had a significant impact on shippers and logistics service providers as well as on other participants in the supply chain, and particularly it has involved a set of strategic challenges concerning supply chain positioning and the role of the supply chain participants, supply chain integration, and supply network configuration and organisation. The objective of the course is to provide the students with an insight of these strategic issues, and how to approach some of these issues.

Learning outcome
Acquired knowledge

To understand the logic of logistics, supply chains, and networks
To gain knowledge of selected and current issues, such as ethics in purchasing and environmental issues in logistics
To understand the specific challenges of logistics and supply chains in selected industries, such as relief operations, construction, and the logistics industry
To gain understanding of selected current research areas in logistics and supply chain management

Acquired skills
to be able to apply logistics and SCM models in different settings
to be able to compare and critique different sources and approaches
to be able to communicate in the range of logistics professionals

to appreciate and understand multiple perspectives on logistics and supply chain management
To be able to be a reflexive logistics professional

The intention is that this course will help students to apply and further develop knowledge gained from previous courses in logistics, supply chains, and networks.


All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.

Compulsory reading
Gambles, Ian. 2009. Making the business case : proposals that succeed for projects that work. Gower
Simchi-Levi, David, Philip Kaminsky, Edith Simchi-Levi. 2008. Designing and managing the supply chain : concepts, strategies, and case studies. 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill/Irwin

Selected articles

During the course there may be hand-outs and other material on additional topics relevant for the course and the examination

Recommended reading

Course outline
Topics in focus will be a selection among:
Logistics and Supply Chain Management (SCM) in theory and practice
Creating Customer Value through Logistics and SCM
Leading Edge Logistics
Performance Measurement, and Benchmarking in Logistics and SCM
SCM integration, Process Management, and Lean Thinking
Network planning and Supply Chain Alliances
Outsourcing, Procurement and Supply Contracts
Organisational Issues in Logistics and SCM
Global and environmental issues in SCM
Implementation of the SCM-concept

The course provides students with a framework of how to develop business cases in real life settings and requires use of tools, concepts and frameworks learnt in other operations management, logistics and SCM courses. The literature constitutes one book providing the business case framework and one book on the main issues within the field to 'remind' students of what they have learnt in their master programme.

Computer-based tools

Learning process and workload
A course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of 160-180 hours.
The course is highly interactive and constitutes a mix of discussions, work with term paper, and lectures on selected issues

Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/LMS or text book.

The course grade will be based on the following activities and weights:
60% - Term Paper
40% - Class participation

Form of assessment Weight Group size
Term paper 60%
Class participation 40%

Specific information regarding student assessment will be provided in class. This information may be relevant to requirements for term papers or other hand-ins, and/or where class participation can be one of several components of the overall assessment. This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded using points on a scale from 0-100. The final grade for the course is based on the aggregated mark of the course components. Each component is weighted as detailed in the course description. Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam components will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the points system and the mapping scale in the student portal @bi.

Examination code(s)
GRA 67223 continuous assessment accounts for 100% of the final grade in the course GRA 6722

Examination support materials

Permitted examination support materials for written examinations are detailed under examination information in the student portal @bi. The section on support materials and the use of calculators and dictionaries should be paid special attention to.

Re-sit examination
It is only possible to retake an examination when the course is next taught. The assessment in some courses is based on more than one exam code. Where this is the case, you may retake only the assessed components of one of these exam codes. All retaken examinations will incur an additional fee. Please note that you need to retake the latest version of the course with updated course literature and assessment. Please make sure that you have familiarised yourself with the latest course description.

Additional information
Honor Code
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Any violation of the honor code will be dealt with in accordance with BI’s procedures for cheating. These issues are a serious matter to everyone associated with the programs at BI and are at the heart of the honor code and academic integrity. If you have any questions about your responsibilities under the honor code, please ask