Degree in Management of Business and Technology La Salle Campus Barcelona

Degree in Management of Business and Technology

Internationality, technology, innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, values, and both people and team management are the keys to define this degree. Includes international stages.

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain is the alignment of the firms (either local or multi-national) that brings products or services to the market. It involves a full network, which imply a numerous amount of participants in the chain, if only one of them fails, the product or service will be impossible to have in the market... or have it on time. This course will provide the student with the underlying principle and concepts around Supply Chain (SCh). Appreciate what a supply chain is and why it exists, with extra focus on an international context. In today's world and given the high rotation of inventories, the shorter life cycle of products, internet sales, and the speed on information ex-change, it becomes critical to understand the various steps within the SCh. Getting to understand them will allow the players involved at the end of the chain to: a)Realize which of those steps could be influenced and b) How those other players (producers, suppliers, logistics providers, retailers, etc.) could help the chain to work smoother, more collaborative and in the shortest possible times, being able to respond to the demand as quickly as possible.
Type Subject
Tercer - Obligatoria

Titular Professors

Previous Knowledge

1. Develop a sound understanding of the importance of a strong coordination among the functions in an organization and overall participants within the SCh.
2. Understand where different type of firms fit within the SCh.
3. Identify the key principles that drive any SCh whether in a local or international context.
4. Become familiar with the fundamentals of doing international trading.
5. Develop students' abilities to apply systematically and creatively, their knowledge in solving complex solutions, as well as promoting their managerial skills, communication, and personal development.
6. Understand the fundamental role played by ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in Innovation SCh Logistics and development projects.


The objective of this course is to be able to identify opportunities to improve the SCh within various types of companies.
Provide students a complete level of knowledge about the areas of SCM: Buying, Productions and Storage, Distribution Systems and Transportation. These, within a national and international scope.
Provide a strategic and integrated view of the various areas that make up the Company Management, to facilitate the development of their future career towards a leadership role in the field of Operations and SCh Management (SCM).

Topics to review:
1. Introduction to Supply Chain
a) Supply Chain & SCh Management Definition
b) The 5 major SCh Drivers o External Participants in the SCh
c) Aligning the SCh with Business Strategy
- Understand the Market your company serve
- Define Core Competencies
- Develop Needed SCh capabilities
d) Responsiveness vs. Efficiency
e) Functions (Internal Participants) within the SCh and its conflicting needs
f) 4 Categories of SCh

2. Planning & Inventory Management
a) Importance of S&OP
b) Key concepts behind demand forecasting
c) Inventory Management and Safety Stock
d) What is a BOM, the importance of it, how it is shaped, what is it used for.

3. Sourcing & Purchases Negotiations
a) Procurement steps
- Business needs understanding
- Supplier or Vendor Selection
- Allocating business
b) Negotiation strategies
c) Contract Development
d) Consumption & Contract Management
e) Credit & collection
f) Total Cost of Purchase

4. Logistics & International Supply Chain
a) Delivery Schedules
b) Distribution Channels
c) Physical Distribution
d) Transportation modes / Logistics Optimization

5. International Trade and FER
a) Global organizations facilitating trade
b) Import Duties, HS, Taric
c) Players on imports and exports
d) Incoterms
e) Foreign Exchanges
6. IT systems affecting Supply chain
a) Origins and application of Barcoding and RFID
b) Business Intelligence
c) Simulation Modeling
d) Business process Management


The course is oriented towards individual and group learning. We will use:
- Conduct Role Plays- theory needs to be carefully read and then the role-play will take place. A final wrap will be performed to summarize and debate the conclusions.
- Review of simulations to further on analyze them and drive conclusions.
- Conceptual class discussions. The process of discussion will be facilitated and will remark the key concepts and lessons. However, each student is responsible for formulating his/her own synthesis building upon the readings, class attendance, class participation and class discussion.
- Assignments to work at home or in class individually or as teamwork.
- Challenges- What if Analysis will be conducted under different scenarios.
- Review the textbook topics in detail during class and as home readings.


Continuous Assessment 50%
Mid-term exam 20%
Final examination 30%
- Continuous Assessment: Home/class assignments, Quizzes, Participation Case Study/ Role Plays/ Projects, Attendance.
- If you have 8 or more absent sessions (about 60%), you will not be eligible to sit the final exam. So, you will be failing the course.
- Participation: It will be based on your contribution to the class by offering ideas, asking question, helping others during class assignments, be sensitive for the learning needs of others and works toward group goals.
- Points will also be taken off in the event of miss-use of phones, tablets or laptops, continuous side conversations or chatting, unsolicited interruptions, etc.
- Assignments- Roles Plays: About 3-4 class and home assignments and 2-4 Quizzes.
- Case Study- if times allows.

Evaluation Criteria
Basic Bibliography

Supply Chain Management by Michael H. Hugos. 3 rd edition

Additional Material

- Defining Supply Chain Management- Journal of Business Logistics Vol. 22 No.2 p 18.
- Supply Chain Management - By: Chopra Sunil & Peter Meindl. 4 th edition
- The Goal - By Eliyahu Goldratt
- Operations Management b6 W.J. Stevenson, 3 rd edition, McGraw Hill
- Linked-IN: Supply Chain Management Group
- Negotiations-
- SCM courses
- SCM basics
- Fred Sollish & John Semanik, 2011, Strategic Global Sourcing Best Practices, Wiley
- Mandyam Srinivasan et al., 2014, Global Supply Chain: Evaluating Regions on an EPIC Framework, McGraw-Hill Education
- SAP -