MG466      Half Unit
Supply Chain Management

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Anran Li


This course is available on the CEMS Exchange, Global MSc in Management, Global MSc in Management (CEMS MiM), Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange), MBA Exchange, MSc in Management (1 Year Programme) and MSc in Management of Information Systems and Digital Innovation. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.



Course content

Supply chain management is concerned with matching supply with demand. Excess supply is too costly, inadequate supply adversely impacts both current revenue and future demand.  The course will cover the following key topics: supply chain inventory management, demand forecast and information sharing in supply chain, the manufacturer-retailer supply chain, centralised vs decentralised supply chains, sourcing policy and the buyer-supplier relationship, global sourcing and supplier management, supply chain network design. The course will also discuss tools for managing supply chains, re-engineering the supply chain, and the role of IT in supply chain integration.


18 hours of lectures and 12 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 6 exercises in the LT.

Six exercises in the last six weeks of the course.

Indicative reading

  • “Fast, Global, and Entrepreneurial: Supply Chain Management, Hong Kong Style (An interview with Victor Fung)”
  • “Sorenson Research Company, Abridged,” Harvard Business School, Case 9-677-257.
  • The Bullwhip Effect in Supply Chains. H.L. Lee, V. Padmanabhan, & S. Whang, Sloan Management Review, Spring 1997.
  • “Sport Obermeyer Ltd.” Harvard Business School, Case 695022
  • “Northco (A),” Harvard Business School, Case 9-697-017.
  • “Barilla SpA (A)”, Harvard Business School, Case 9-694-046.


Essay (50%, 3000 words), presentation (20%), continuous assessment (20%) and class participation (10%) in the LT.

The presentation will be completed in groups of no more than three students per group. 

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2019/20: 9

Average class size 2019/20: 9

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills