|The supply chain of a firm is critical to its performance. Supply chains are networks of organizations that supply and transform materials, and distribute final products to consumers. If designed and managed properly, these networks are a crucial source of competitive advantage for both manufacturing and service enterprises.
Students will learn how to examine and improve the flow of materials and information through this network of suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in order to help firms get the right product to the right customer in the right amount and at the right time. Key topics covered in this course include the role of coordination within and across firms, the impact of incentives, and the use of information technology. Special emphasis is given to understanding how the business context shapes managerial decisions regarding the strategic design and management of the supply chain.
This course is intended for students interested in general management or careers in consulting, operations, or marketing.