20575 - GLOBAL OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Course taught in English
Global Supply Chain Management and Procurement have become increasingly important in supporting corporate strategies for manufacturer and service companies. The role of the supply chain is not merely related to the economic performance of the firm, but it also affects the financial stability and the value proposition. Offshoring and globalization of the operations have increased the complexity of the supply chain and the extent of the related risks. Volatility in demand and uncertainty in forecasting force the companies to integrate processes and flows, both within and beyond the company borders. Chief Purchasing Officers and Supply Chain Managers are key roles in every company, supporting business initiatives with strategic decisions. Lead time reduction, flexibility in volumes, fast reaction processes gained the same importance as cost-cutting initiatives and savings optimization. The organization is fully involved in end-to-end business processes, and functional managers have now a wider scope and perspective then in the past.
- Global Operations and Supply Chain Management: strategies and key structural decision.
- Network design in supply chain management.
- Global production network.
- Strategic role of a foreign plant and its localization.
- Global sourcing and supply management.
- Procurement strategies.
- Supply base evaluation and development.
- Explain the contribution of SCM to corporate results.
- Discuss the alternatives in SCM organization and highlight pro and cons.
- Discuss the role of Procurement in a global supply chain.
- Identify risks and opportunities in global supply chain netwotks.
- Produce a quantitative approach to evaluate different supply chain networks.
- Use economic and financial results to evaluate different supply opportunities.
- Analyse procurement strategies and propose sourcing approaches.
- Define a successful SCM approach in complex business enviroments.
- Face-to-face lectures
- Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
- Exercises (exercises, database, software etc.)
- Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
- Group assignments
- Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)
The learning experience of this course includes, in addition to face-to-face lectures, the Rialto Business Game. Rialto is a web-based business game supporting all the classes and the program. The course uses Rialto in two different way:
- In the fist part of the couse, students are asked to review Rialto decisions, with full access to company's results and approaches.
- In the second part of the couse, students take the full control of Rialto, using the company to test different decisions in SCM practices.
- Rialto. Global Supply Chain Challenge. Rialto is an on line business game on global supply chain management. You are a Chief Officer of a global company producing and distributing sports articles. In particular, you have to manage the mountain bike division. Rialto supporta your managerial development in:
- Complexity management.
- Alternatives selection.
- Uncertainty management.
- High risk consequences evaluation.
- Interpersonal issue management.
- Team decisions under temporal stress.
- With Rialto you can:
- Have a complete view of the relation between supply chain decisions and company’ results.
- Experience the complexity of functional decisions versus process decisions.
- Face competition among different firms and players.
- Have a compete experience on short and long term decisions in supply chain management.
|Continuous assessment||Partial exams||General exam|
- Written individual exam 35% aimed to assess students’ ability to apply the analytical tools illustrated during the course selecting the best option to be taken by a manager.
- Group assignment 65% aimed to
assess students’ ability to apply the analytical tools illustrated during the course to the complex environment proposed by the business game Rialto, highlighting relationship between company's performances and supply chain decisions.
Written exam 100% aimed to assess students’ ability to apply the analytical tools illustrated during the course proposing a critical view on supply chain decision, approaches and tools.
Powerpoint presentation provided via Bboard and articles.
- Attending students' material
- BOOK: Grando A., Belvedere V., Secchi R., Stabilini G., (2021), Production, operations and supply chain management, BUP. Chapters mentioned in the
- The entire Rialto experience (user manual, assignments, debrief, business game) is excluded