0387 Global Supply Chain Management
Dipl.-Vw.Dr. Hans-Joachim Schramm
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/18/23 to 09/27/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Monday 10/09/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM D1.1.078
Monday 10/16/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM D1.1.078
Monday 10/23/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM D1.1.078
Monday 11/06/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM D2.0.030
Monday 11/13/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM D1.1.078
Monday 11/27/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM D1.1.078
Monday 12/04/23 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM D2.0.038
Monday 12/11/23 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM Online-Einheit

This elective course is about managing supply chains outlining both strategic and operational aspects of transportation, logistics and supply chain management on a global level. First, the course gives an introduction into the basics of transportation, logistics and supply chain management. Afterwards, implications for sourcing, manufacturing and distribution strategies as well as product strategies on a global scale will be discussed. Then, a main focus will be placed on the trade environment, export/import regulations, customs management and trade facilitation. Furthermore, an introduction into trade management, including contracting issues, documentary paperwork, Incoterms® as well as means and modes of payment including the impact of digitization and digitalization is provided. Moreover, an insight into the highly relevant subjects of risk, security, and compliance management is given. The course will finish with the topic of transport management that includes organization of international good movements and multimodal transport operations.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students should have the skills and competence to evaluate the international environment and its implications for international logistics and supply chain management strategy as well as operations. Further, students should demonstrate knowledge in actual trade practice, including contracting, customs procedures and documentary paperwork, means and modes of payment, transport management as well as risk, security, and compliance management issues. This enables them to plan successfully shipping and handling for international goods movements in concordance with the present European Union legal environment and critically evaluate supply chain risk, security and compliance management issues therein.

Attendance requirements

Attendance of minimum 80% (or 6/7 sessions) is mandatory.

Teaching/learning method(s)

As this course is also offered in the context of GLOBAL CEMS, teaching will be in synchronous hybrid mode: a mixture of classroom teaching and remote online sessions (via ZOOM) in parallel. Only if absolutely necessary this class would switch to full distance mode. Even in the remote format, the sessions will take place within the announced time slots.


On an individual level (60%): 

  • Commodity Assessment Report (10%) based on completeness and quality of content
  • Remote Take Home Exam (50%) in form of an integrated case study along with specific questions

On a group level (40%):

  • Two Case Study Assessments (2 x 10% = 20%) in form of a brief management summary to be submitted on Fridays 23:55 CET on CANVAS WU before class.
  • One pre-recorded Case Study Presentation (20%) to be submitted on Fridays 23:55 CET on CANVAS WU before class. Grading is based on completeness, quality of content, group presentation and participation in peer-evaluation of other presentations in-class.

Grading Scale is as follows:

  • Excellent (1): 90%-100%
  • Good (2): 76% - <90%
  • Satisfactory (3): 65% - <76%
  • Sufficient (4): 50% - <65%
  • Fail (5): <50.0%
Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists
Only CEMS MIM students are eligible to take this course. 10 students make a course viable at MSc level unless special circumstances prevail. If fewer than 10 students register the course will not run.

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Availability of lecturer(s)

Upon request - see:


The study material is an accompanying textbook (David, P. (2021) International Logistics (6th ed.) Cicero Books LL, Berea OH, ISBN 978-1-7369456-1-2 (print as well as electronic version available, see https:\\, supplemented by a collection of academic or trade press articles as posted for each session.


Unit details
Unit Date Contents
1 Introduction, Drivers of Globalization in Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Global Supply Chain Management: implications for sourcing, manufacturing, distribution as well as product strategies (with Case Study 1)


Trade Environment: Legal framework and export/import regulations (with Introduction to Commodity Assessment and Case Study 2)


Customs Management: Customs practices and trade facilitation (with Case Study 3) 


Trade Management: Contracting, Paperwork and Payment Issues (with Case Study 4)


Security, Compliance and Risk Management (with Case Study 5 and Discussion of Commodity Assessment)


Transport Management (with Case Study 6)


Kick-off Online Session for Remote Take Home Exam

Last edited: 2023-09-26