People and products – key links in the supply chain In a globalised economy, product development through to distribution is a truly international process. Competitive pressures also mean that the effectiveness of a company’s supply chain can mean the difference between success or failure. In this environment, it is essential to create value at every link in the supply chain, so that end users receive the products and services they want at a price they are willing to pay. The Supply Chain Management track thus devotes a great deal of attention to value creation. This means not only optimisation of purchasing, logistics and marketing processes; but also strategic cooperation with suppliers, distributors and customers.
Access to current theory and research findings Supply chains are dynamic, changing entities, both in terms of the goods and services moving along them and the technology available to monitor them and communicate with external parties. It is thus vital that you have access to the most up-to-date information in this field. This track incorporates the most recent academic theory and operations research findings and case studies from our partner organisations Atlas-Copco, DSM, Rabobank, SABIC and UPS. This will give you a strong theoretical foundation and the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-life problems.
Supply Chain Management is available as a 1-year full-time programme. Courses are taught entirely in English. Graduates will receive a master's degree in International Business with a specialisation in Supply Chain Management.
Supply Chain Management covers all aspects of creating customer value in the global competitive economy. This includes new product development, the management and planning of international supply chains and cooperation with other parties in the chain such as suppliers and distributors. You will gain the theoretical, practical and managerial skills to be able to interpret customer wishes and translate these into supply chain improvements that will keep companies competitive.
What will you learn? Supply Chain Management’s focus on every link in the supply chain will show you how each link is interconnected. Courses such as Purchasing Management, Distribution and Retailing and the unique Supply Chain Metrics course for measuring the value of a supply chain will give you a systems view and the analytical skills to evaluate where processes are weak or could be improved.
At the end of the track, you will be able to:
• identify problems and offer commercially viable solutions that will make and keep supply chains competitive • interpret customer wants and needs, and translate these into value propositions • communicate effectively with different groups of internal and external stakeholders
As competition in the global marketplace increases, so does the demand for Supply Chain Management experts. As a graduate of this track, you will have the theoretical, practical and managerial skills to analyse supply chains and develop solutions that will lead to their overall improvement.
These skills will be an asset to smaller companies that are looking to expand and large multinationals that want to become or remain competitive. You can expect to find a job as a supply chain manager, logistics manager, supplier relations manager or purchasing manager in almost any industry. These positions often lead to more senior managerial positions where you will be responsible for how and why companies stay in business.
Graduates have found positions in:
- large multinationals - logistical service providers - Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) - first- and second-tier suppliers
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