Supply Chain Dynamics

 
Course code:
E_EOR3_SCD
Period:
Period 2
Credits:
6.0
Language of tuition:
English
Faculty:
School of Business and Economics
Coordinator:
dr. N. Dzubur MSc
Examinator:
dr. N. Dzubur MSc
Teaching method(s):
Lecture, Study Group
Level:
300

Course objective

Academic:
In this course students will learn to understand and simulate dynamics
in supply chains using management games and system dynamics simulation.
Professional:
This course provides students hands-on experience with dealing with
supply chain issues in realistic game settings, gain an understanding of
how behavioural issues interact with rational decision-making in a
supply chain and with modelling real life situations in a dynamic
fashion
Quantitative methods:
The students will apply quantitative (dynamic) simulation to understand
core operations decisions in a supply chain. We will particularly pay
attention to system dynamics.
Social:
In this course students work in teams on complex operations decision
problems. They will learn how to deal with conflicting interests and
problems they need to solve as a team.
Link to practice:
In this course we study and mimic realistic settings that relate to
decision-making in operations practice.

Course content

After successfully completing this course you are able to analyze
operations decision making using behavioral and system dynamics lenses.
More specifically you will:
• Understand and be able to analyse and model operations management
problems using system dynamics;
• Gain experience in dealing with actual operations and supply chain
problems using management games;
• Gain in-depth insight into how behavioural aspects influence decision
making in game settings.

Form of tuition

Lectures and Tutorials

Course reading

Sterman, John D. (2000), Business dynamics: systems thinking and
modeling for a complex world. Boston: Irwin McGraw-Hill
Other literature (via Canvas).

Recommended background knowledge

Knowledge similar to the Supply Chain Management 1 courses in the VU
bachelor BK/IBA programme is highly recommended. Otherwise a course with
contents similar to the following book: Chopra and Meindl (2013). Supply
Chain Management: Strategy, Planning, and Operation. Global edition.
Pearson Higher Education, 528 pp.

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