Curriculum

Curriculum

This course defines the principles and practice of end-to-end integrated supply chain management with particular emphasis on how supply chains create organizational value. The course covers foundational concepts on integrating business activities through improved processes and relationships to achieve and maintain competitive advantage through supply chain management.

This course explores the impact that supply chain management has on the financial performance of the organization. Coverage includes the impact of supply chain management on financial statements, budgeting, allocation strategies, and related concepts.

This course explores the key issues associated with the design, modeling, and analysis of dynamic, flexible, and responsive supply chain systems. Emphasis will be on the application and development of advanced modeling techniques for the analysis of strategic, tactical, and operational supply chain problems including supply chain network design, inventory management, transportation management, purchasing, demand management, and coordination among supply chain partners.

This course introduces students to information management strategies and tools to manage integrated supply chains. Coverage includes information technology systems used to support modern supply chains and exposure to the supply chain digitalization transition. The course aims to develop and produce supply professionals who can take a critical view of how information and technology can best support effective supply chain management.

Development of plans for executing supply chain processes to support integration of the supply chain across major functional areas of the business including logistics, marketing, manufacturing, and procurement. To facilitate achievement of these objectives, the course introduces analytical tools and techniques that provide a cause and effect understanding linking operational plans with corporate objectives. This course requires a one-week residency on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus or another location.

Strategic Supply and Cost Management addresses the processes that facilitate the structure, creation, and management of value added transactions and relationships between supplier and customer organizations in a channel, supply chain, and integrated value system context with a particular focus on financial techniques to better manage supply chain costs. This course will help you to learn to apply financial measures to supply chain decision-making problems and also to become an effective and efficient supply chain manager. This is a highly interactive class using cases, simulations and in-class exercises to better align “real-world” thinking while focusing on the foundations of the supply chain and the interactive role of supply management within an organization and as a boundary spanner.

This course explores the complexities of managing supply chains in a global context and provides frameworks and foundations to help SCM professionals successfully work in international environments. Issues relating to the drivers of globalization and managing the supply and demand fulfillment processes across an extended and global organization will be addressed. Topics include cross-cultural relationships, overviews of important global business regions, regional trading blocs, global operations, offshoring, infrastructure, security and risk, sustainability, market entry, and other related issues.

This course covers the concepts, methods and tools that are useful in understanding the management of a firm’s operations in manufacturing and service firms. Includes coverage of systematic planning, design, and operation of all processes required for the production and delivery of goods and services. Highlights process improvement and operational excellence tools required to operate high quality operations.

This course addresses strategic decision making related to the physical network design and operation of the supply chain, including the location and capacity of suppliers, plants and warehouses in a logistics network that delivers products and services to end customers. The content in this course will explore the tradeoffs inherent to physical network decision making with special emphasis on managing demand and lead time variability, matching capacity to demand, centralization and pooling of inventory, and achieving a total value solution. This course will apply analytic methods learned in other courses to the problems of supply chain network design and strategic inventory positioning, in order to explore theoretical relationships and to provide students with decision making skills needed in practice.

This is a capstone course, enabling students to synthesize their learning from program coursework. The global context within which firms operate will provide the foundation for understanding global supply chain strategy, from market entry through to the integration of demand management and supply management processes to meet corporate objectives. The course will utilize exercises and a simulation to allow students to analyze and synthesize program coursework. The course will help students understand how to best use program knowledge to maximize value creation for employers and in their own career.

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