Suppy Chain Management & Digitalization (SCM-B-03)

Type: lecture/practical seminar
Type of examination: written exam, 60 min.
Cycle: winter term


Prof. Dr. Alexander Pflaum




The Supply Chain Management and Digitalization course is designed as an introductory course. Background for the lecture is the increasing digitalization of value chains. Students should learn to understand essential and industry-specific concepts of supply chain management, gain an overview of trend towards digitization, which is changing work and life on a massive scale, and link the two topics. Relevant business management theories include network theory, transaction cost theory and principal-agent theory. The module builds the foundation for further courses of the chair regarding the use of modern information and communication technologies in logistics as well as on the design of innovative services for logistics and supply chain management.

Essential topics comprise:

  • Development of the understanding of logistics from the classical transport and logistics approach to modern approaches of SCM
  • Overview of basic concepts and ideas of supply chain management
  • Details on selected industry-specific variants of SCM - automotive and FMCG as prominent examples
  • Software engineering tools for supporting processes in global supply chains
  • Information technology trends related to the digitalization of supply chains
  • Service economy in the context of global supply chains from a logistics and information technology perspective
  • Supply Chain 2.0 - thoughts on the future of supply chain management from a scientific perspective
  • Practical perspectives - thoughts on the future of SCM from the perspective of logistics and information service providers


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