Program Overview

IT tools and applications of Supply Chain Management (SCM) are the focus area of this subject. Designed from the perspective of the general manager (who must integrate supplier relations, production and factory floor, operations, financial and human dimensions of the enterprise), this subject examines the processes within the value chain of the company. Students learn how the competitiveness, cost structure and manageability of a firm’s operations and markets can be improved through automation, using information and telecommunications networking technologies.

Topics include fundamentals of matching supply with demand, incentive alignment and implementation challenges and analytical techniques for supply-chain management. The implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems is also discussed.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the functioning of supply chain management in today’s global economy
  • Identify key challenges in managing a supply chain
  • Describe key functions of logistics and explain its role in the supply chain
  • Describe the role of procurement and manufacturing in supply chain functioning
  • Identify communication needs of a supply chain
  • Formulate managerial strategies that can be used to effectively manage a supply chain.