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Global Supply Chain Management (online) (5 cr)

Code: HBIB0010-3008

General information


01.08.2023 - 31.05.2024


28.08.2023 - 20.05.2024

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Virtual portion

5 op

Mode of delivery

Online learning


School of Business

Teaching languages

  • English


0 - 50

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor's Degree Programme in International Business


  • Mikko Somerla


  • HBI23VS
    Bachelor's Degree Programme in International Business, vaihto-opiskelu/Exchange studies
  • HBI21S1
    Degree Programme in International Business
  • ZJA23SH
    Avoin amk, lita
  • ZJA24KH
    Avoin AMK, lita
    Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, EM Normandie (Bachelor's)
  • HBI22S1
    Degree Programme in International Business
    Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, EM Normandie (virtual), Spring 2024


In this course we will view the supply chain from the point of view of a general manager. Logistics and supply chain management is all about managing the hand-offs in a supply chain - hand-offs of either information or product. The design of a logistics system is critically linked to the objectives of the supply chain. Our goal in this course is to understand how logistical decisions impact the performance of the firm as well as the entire supply chain. The key will be to understand the link between supply chain structures and logistical capabilities in a firm or supply chain.
Another term that has appeared in the business jargon recently is demand chain. From our perspective we will use the phrases logistics management, supply chain management and demand chain management interchangeably.

IBCRI: Able to employ theoretical and conceptual knowledge to identify and analyze business problems in global contexts.
IBBUS: Able to gather , analyse, and evaluate business data and information and transform empirical data into useful and actionable information as well as managerial problems.
IBCOL, IBCOM: Exercise initiative and take personal responsibility for one’s work in terms of timeliness, professional behavior, personal motivation and planning skills as well as collaborate with other students during team work.


Logistics and supply chain management is unique and, to some degree, represents a paradox because it is concerned with one of the oldest and also the most newly discovered activities of business. Supply chain system activities - communication, inventory management, warehousing, transportation, and facility location - have been performed since the start of commercial activity. It is difficult to visualize any product that could reach a customer without logistical support. Yet it is only over the last few years that firms have started focusing on logistics and supply chain management as a source of competitive advantage. There is a realization that no company can do any better than its logistics system. This becomes even more important given that product life cycles are shrinking and competition is intense. Logistics and supply chain management today represents a great challenge as well as a tremendous opportunity for most firms.

Location and time

Author: Waters Donald
Title: Supply Chain Management. An introduction to Logistics. 2nd Edition.
Material: Book
Published: 2009, Palgrave McMillan

Additional reading:
Authors: Sunil Chopra,
Title: Supply Chain Management - Strategy, Planning and Operation (6th edition or newer). This book may be got for free in Internet.

The learning management system (Moodle) provides slides that feature key information on supply chain management. Additionally, specific articles and videos may be assigned for use in assignments and will be clearly specified.

Teaching methods

- Self-paced learning
- Distance learning, specifically through the study of the Learning Management System (Moodle)
- Assignments
- Examination

Employer connections

Working life connections appear in assignments.

Exam schedules

The possible date and method of the exam will be announced in the course opening information.

Vaihtoehtoiset suoritustavat

If a student has already acquired knowledge of supply chain management from another school or other way, the admission procedures for crediting will be outlined in the degree rules and study guide. The teacher of the course will provide additional information on any specific course requirements.

Student workload

This is a nonstop course. Student may enroll to the course during 1.8.-31.5. There are two (2) different time periods inside the nonstop course:
- Course studied by 10.12.
- Course studied by 31.5.

Student chooses the time period in the virtual study environment. Time period should be selected based on students enrollment and study right time. Student can create own time schedule for the assignments and tasks within the selected time period.

If the virtual study environment has not opened for you within 2 weeks after enrollment, please contact the course teacher.

The calculated workload is the number of credits times 27 hours.
In the 5 credit course, the workload is 135h.

Further information

Exchange students: 10

Evaluation scale


Arviointikriteerit, tyydyttävä (1-2)

- Sufficient(1) - The student shows only a sufficient understanding of the subject and of relevant theories and methods and fails to show a convincing ability to apply the knowledge to real life situation nor to communicate the concepts in an effective manner.
- Satisfactory (2)- The students knowledge covers restricted part of concepts and theories related to the subject and has deficiencies in showing the ability to apply them in assignments. Communication skills need improvement.

Arviointikriteerit, hyvä (3-4)

- Good (3) The students knowledge covers major parts of concepts and theories related to the subject. The student´s ability to apply the knowledge to assignments shows need for improvement, as well as there is room for improvement in oral and written communication
- Very Good (4) - The student shows good knowledge of the subject fundamentals and concepts and is able to communicate these in an effective way

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

- Excellent (5) - The student shows exceptional theoretical knowledge of fundamentals of the subject. The student demonstrates the ability to apply the knowledge to assignments and presentations with excellent written and oral communications skills

Assessment criteria, approved/failed

The general criteria of the competences that the Bachelor's Degrees awarded by Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences provide can be found on JAMK's web pages ( The learning outcomes of individual courses are assessed in relation to the objectives of the course concerned. Assessment is based on knowledge, skills and competence in accordance with the National and European Qualifications Framework, level 6.

Here is the class grademap.
Grade Minimum%
5 90
4 80
3 70
2 60
1 50
0 0


First year studies or basic business studies