Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Course code:
Period 2
Language of tuition:
School of Business and Economics
dr. ir. D.A.M. Inghels
dr. ir. D.A.M. Inghels
dr. ir. D.A.M. Inghels
Teaching method(s):
Lecture, Seminar

Course objective

After successfully completing the course Sustainable Supply Chain
Management you are able to

Academic Skills:
- Analyze supply chain problems taking into account interests of
different stakeholders (economic, ecological, societal and others) and
evaluate (future) performance effects of supply chain policy options.
This type of analysis will support sustainable decision-making.
Quantitative Skills:
- Quantify the economic, ecological and societal objectives for supply
chain management cases by applying and master commonly used techniques
to tackle real life sustainable supply chain management problems.

- Understand the transition from a linear to a closed loop (circular)
economy and its implications for Supply Chain Management
Bridging Theory and Practice:
- Use a sustainable supply chain analysis framework to assess
contemporary topics in sustainable supply chain management and to
analyze supply chain management cases.
- Formulate recommendations for improvement of supply chains from a
sustainable perspective

Course content

This course aims to introduce students in operationalizing
sustainability in supply chains. We define sustainability as the
combined economic, environmental, and social optimum of supply chain
alternatives that take into account constraints, such as technological
limits or legislation, also known as the triple bottom line (TBL)
approach of People-Planet-Profit optimization. Life Cycle Assessment
(LCA) is presented as a methodology to quantify the environmental impact
of products and processes and Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to
quantity social impact. Multi Criteria Decision Analysis is introduced
as a concept to operationalize the TBL approach for practical
sustainable supply chain problems. Next we discuss systems thinking
using Systems Dynamics for understanding and evaluating the complex and
interactive behaviour of systems, such as sustainable supply chains.
Finally the sustainability evaluation of chains and the management of
reverse supply chains will be addressed.

Form of tuition

Lectures and computer tutorials

Type of assessment

Written exam – Individual assessment
(Interim) Assignment(s) – Group assessment

Course reading

Readings will be announced via Canvas.

Recommended background knowledge

It is recommended that students are familiar with key concepts and
techniques from business or operations management and (business)

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