1239 Course III/IV - Supply Chain Management
Dhanavanth Reddy Maditati, MSc (WU),B.Tech
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/17/20 to 09/20/20
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Wednesday 10/21/20 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 10/28/20 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM Online-Einheit
Friday 10/30/20 11:30 AM - 03:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 11/04/20 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 11/11/20 11:30 AM - 03:00 PM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 11/18/20 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 11/25/20 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM Online-Einheit
Procedure for the course when limited activity on campus

The Covid19 pandemic causes several uncertainties for the upcoming winter semester starting on October 5th. If possible within the then valid health regulations, the SBWL program "Transport and Logistics Management" plans to fully return to the usual mode of classroom teaching with mandatory attendance. Nonetheless, an additional “plan B”-scenario for distance and/or hybrid teaching will be prepared for every class, which can be enabled if need be.

Plan B: the course will be completely taught in a distance learning format, with course material (voice over presentations) being posted every week. There will be only two - three live interaction online sessions in total, for clarifications / explanations of specific topics and group work presentations only.

The program management will reevaluate the situation in September and decides then whether the classes will indeed start in the usual mode or in an alternative scenario. This decision will be announced in the syllabus until September 25.


In this course, the essence of supply chain management in success of a business is emphasised, and it aims to provide the students a good understanding of developing and managing supply chains in line with the needs of the business.

The course starts with basics of supply chain management, giving first-hand experience of inter-relational behaviour in supply chains. Then prerequisites and goals to configure and analyse supply chains will be discussed, including supply chain strategy, planning and controlling. The course concludes with recent supply chain trends and best practices for supply chain management in turbulent times.

To ensure that up to date business insights are given, current trends and innovations are discussed with the students.

Learning outcomes

After the completion of this course, the students will:

  • be able to comprehend the key concepts of supply chain management in practical world and their correlation with business strategy and operations of companies
  • learn to identify the competitive advantages that can be derived from superior supply chain management
  • be well versed with supply chain management best practices and obtain an acumen to plan, design and configure an efficient supply chain network
Attendance requirements

Mandatory attendance of at least 4 out of 6 teaching units must be adhered.

Teaching/learning method(s)
  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Discussions
  • Business simulation

The course grade is determined by evaluating the student’s performance on the following activities:

  • Class activities: 10%
  • Assignments and Case study: 50%
  • Written exam: 40%

A positive grade (>40%) in the final written exam is necessary to complete this course.

1 Author: Chopra, S. and Meindl, P.

Supply Chain Management - Strategy, Planning and Operation

Publisher: Prentice Hall
Edition: 5th or 6th
Remarks: ISBN-10: 0132743957 ISBN-13: 9780132743952
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book
Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

For all students:

  • Basic knowledge of using MS Excel.

For students of SBWL Transportwirtschaft & Logistik:

  • Kurs IV im Bachelorstudium
  • Kurs III-VI im Diplomstudium

For incoming students:

  • basic understanding of transportation and logistics management
  • basic understanding of finance and performance management
Recommended previous knowledge and skills
  • Basic understanding of transportation and logistics management
  • Knowledge of MS excel is required in order to cope up with linear optimization modelling.
Availability of lecturer(s)
  • Before and after class
  • By appointment
Unit details
Unit Date Contents
1 20/10/21


  • Introduction to course
  • Understanding the supply chain
2 20/10/28
  • Coordination in Supply chain
  • Achieving strategic fit and scope
3 20/10/30


  • Supply chain network design (Optimization modelling)
  • Global supply chain networks
4 20/11/04


  • Decision making - Decision Trees
  • Supply chain drivers and metrics
5 20/11/11
  •         Distribution networks
  •         Planning and co-ordinating demand-supply
6 20/11/18


7 20/11/25


  • Group work Presentations
Last edited: 2020-11-11