Supply Chain and Business Operations Management

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 475.00
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Supply Chain performance in a globalized economy requires new approaches to maintain and improve a firm´s competitive edge for long term success. Part of this success can be achieved by aligning sourcing decisions and activities with supply chain partners. This supply chain alignment refers to collaborative demand forecasting, capacity and production planning, inventory management, logistics and pricing decisions. In order to join this course a minimum of working knowledge of MS Excel is needed.
In today's global business environment many companies have increasingly decentralized and outsourced a wide range of their business activities. This ranges from manufacturing, IT, Administration, Marketing and others. Decentralization creates huge coordination and organizational problems to align all business activities in a way that meets customer expectation in time, quality, quantity and place. Configuring a global supply chain to streamline all these activities is a rapid developing and exciting field where new tools and models are developed to match firm's supply with customer demand. In a supply chain context the bullwhip effect will be addressed, which will be demonstrated in a game setting simulation. In this coordination process modern IT-tools play a crucial role to achieve a competitive edge for a firm, whereby all supply chain partners can benefit. Supply chain management covers a wide range of activities like supply chain design, demand forecasting, inventory planning, pricing decisions, logistics and capacity planning. This course focuses on models which support management in optimizing the supply chain performance and their operational and strategic decision making.
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Course director

Drs. Jan Renaud

Target audience

In this summer course MS Excel will be frequently used. A basic understanding of Excel is therefore strongly recommended.

Course aim

The course has been designed for students who want to further their knowledge of business operations within a supply chain frame.
The course is not only interesting for advanced bachelor students and master student of business studies, but can also benefit practitioners working in the field of Supply Chain of professional organizations.

Study load

The course has a study load of 5 days.
Morning session: 9.30 - 12.30
Afternoon session: 13.30 - 16.30


€ 475.00
Housing € 200.00 , through Utrecht Summer School

Required documents

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:
Motivation Letter, C.V.

More information

More information can be obtained by sending a mail to the coordinator Jan Renaud at


Application deadline: 01 June 2018