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EXC XX24 Supply Chain Management

EXC XX24 Supply Chain Management

Course code: 
Accounting and Operations Management
Course coordinator: 
Eirill Bø
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Course name in Norwegian: 
Supply Chain Management
Product category: 
Bachelor of Internasjonal Management- Programme Courses
2025 Spring
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Course type: 
One semester

The purpose of this course is to provide a fundamental understanding of the subject fields of supply chain management (SCM). SCM is how to secure effective and efficient flows of goods from point of origin (raw materials) to point of consumption (end user). It is about learning how the whole supply chain needs to be coordinated, and how each participating company have to bear the totality of the chain in mind. This is based on an idea that companies are competing with their total supply chains, rather than just products and individual company decisions. SCM is also growing in importance, as international sourcing is resulting in supply chains extending over several continents. Shipping is therefore becoming a natural part of many a supply chain. Shipping in this perspective means that vessels are a part of the process of taking products from point of origin to point of consumption, and provides an inherent tension of exploiting capacities and providing timely supplies.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge
  • After the course students shall have learned:
  • To understand the concept of supply chain management, which consist of optimizing parts of the chain and taking an overall view at the same time
  • To understand the significance of information sharing and collaboration in supply chains
    • To understand various types of supply chains and the role shipping companies can play
Learning outcomes - Skills

After completed course students should:

  • Be able to describe and explain a supply chain for a certain product, consisting of companies, activities, and its flow of goods
  • Be able to apply relevant concepts and theories to analyze a supply chain
  • Be able to map and analyze international supply chains and the potential roles played by shipping companies
General Competence

After completed course students should:

  • Be able to understand what type of decisions are taken in supply chain management, how these decision impact the whole supply chain, and the role individual companies have and take in a supply chain, including how the shipping actors and activities take part.
Course content
  • What is supply chain management
  • The concepts and tools to analyse supply chains
  • Information sharing and collaboration across the supply chain
  • The importance of information and collaboration demonstrated through a role play called the supply chain game
  • The context of international logistics and the shipping industry
  • The important decisions in international supply chains, and the role of shipping companies
Teaching and learning activities


Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information


Information about what is taught on campus and via digital formats will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.

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A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.