Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. MTT240 overlap following cours/es: MTT016 och MTT016. Optional for: I4ai, I4lp, M4, M3lp, V4ib. Course coordinator: Professor Sten Wandel,, Teknisk logistik. Prerequisites: MTT105/MTTF01 Logistics or MTT202/MTTN01 Logistics in the Building Process and MIO040 Managerial Economics, AC. Recommended prerequisits: MTT021/MTTF10 or MTT091 Materials Handling, MTT045 International Physical Distribution, MIO022 Management Organization and MIO030 Production and Inventory Control. The number of participants is limited to 100 Selection criteria: Selection is based on a) accepting students corresponding to what each EPB (Educational Policy Board) has budgeted, b) prioritizing students following a specialisation where this course is compulsory, c) considering the number of points achieved in their programme; d) considering grades in courses within their programme. Assessment: To qualify for a final grade, the student must have passed a written quiz and completed the compulsory cases and assignments satisfactorily. Parts: 2. Home page:

Supply chain management can be defined as “the systemic and strategic coordination of the business processes and functions within and between organisations across the supply chain for the purposes of improving the long term performance of the individual company as well as the supply chain as a whole.” Consequently the course provides advanced knowledge about logistics systems and their supporting information systems from a supply chain perspective. Principles and methods used to produce an effective and efficient flow of material and information, from the supplier of raw material, through companies to the ultimate consumers, are introduced. In addition, the course provides the student with skills in handling methods and tools for the analysis, design and development of supply chains. The course will also strengthen the students’ holistic view on supply chain operations, management and strategy, and discuss some current research areas in supply chain management.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

This means e.g. to:

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

independently be able to

The student is also expected to be able to

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Hopefully, the student will acquire a lifelong interest in contributing to developing the academic as well as the applied profession of logistics.

The course consists of five parts: Concepts, Processes, Management, Strategy and Tools. Initially the supply chain concept is discussed and defined. Its implications on structure and process, e.g. outsourcing and inter-organizational relationships, are covered. Supply Chain processes such as distribution, production, procurement, transport, and logistics services are dealt with. Different issues on the management of supply chains are thoroughly analyzed, as well as information requirements for efficient supply chain processes. The management part of the course is concluded with a discussion of global issues. The fourth part of the course covers strategic implications from integrated management of supply chains. In the middle of the course there will be a quiz on the course literature. In the second half of the course the students will practice the use of methods and tools in the analysis and design of different supply chain processes, e.g. by solving a case and writing a substantial project report on a logistics issue in a real company. Both assignments are compulsory and carried out in teams.

Skjøtt-Larsen T., Schary, P.B., Mikkola, J.H., Kotzab, H.: Managing the Global Supply Chain, 3rd ed. Copenhagen Business School Press 2007. ISBN 978-91-47-08793-8.
Wandel, S. (ed): Course compendium: Supply Chain Management. Department of Industrial Management and Logistics, LTH, Lund 2008.
Björklund, M. och Paulsson, U.: Seminarieboken – att skriva, presentera och opponera, Studentlitteratur 2003.
Reference literature.


Code: 0108. Name: Supply Chain Management.
Higher education credits: 3,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Passed written examination. Contents: Covers literature and lectures and is given in the middle of the course.

Code: 0208. Name: Assignments.
Higher education credits: 4. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Satisfactorily completed assignments. Contents: In assignment 1, the students work in groups to solve a written case on a specific logistics problem in a company, and write a short report, which is graded pass/fail. In assignment 2, the students work in groups within an assigned logistics theory area by analyzing an issue in a real company and writing a report that they also present orally. It is graded and weighted together with the quiz result to determine the final grade for the complete course.