The Summer School is jointly conducted by the Institute for Industrial Management (FIR) at RWTH Aachen University and a visiting scholar and supply chain management expert from the Netherlands. FIR‘s research areas are service management, information management, production management and business transformation.
Academic Content & Certificates
The Supply Chain Management & Logistics Summer School is divided into two weeks of teaching:
The digitalization of the supply chain increases the efficiency by integrating and coordinating the activities between companies. Students will learn about the potentials regarding the digitalization of the supply chain. The lecture will give a short overview of the components as well as current research directions. Applying these principles students explore in a game-based learning approach how to address the challenges of the Bullwhip-Effect.
Supply Chain Management deals with the alignment of customer demand on the one hand and with the ways to supply the requested products and services in an effective and efficient way on the other hand. The objective of this course is to familiarize students with some of the relevant choices that have to be made in order to achieve this alignment and the trade-off's present in each of those decisions. The course will be highly interactive and will contain a lot of intensive and fun teamwork.
On Day 1, the course will start with a short overview of the main principles and building blocks of the Supply Chain, after which we will be diving more into detail into the topics of warehousing, transportation and inventories. Where possible and relevant, we will pay attention to differences between industry sectors and countries, thus making use of the diverse cultural and professional backgrounds of the students.
On Day 2, we will speak about some of the major supply chain and logistics processes, as well as addressing the important links between the supply chain and the financials of a company. We will finish the day with the creation of a “map” allowing to make a diagnosis of a company’s entire supply chain and find out where improvement potential can be found.
Days 3 and 4 are about “supply chain in action” and will be centered around "The Fresh Connection", a business simulation game about a loss-making virtual company that needs to be rescued from disaster. Students will play in teams and take care of aligning demand and supply, in other words, decision making in the areas of sales, operations, supply chain and purchasing. Decisions will be implemented in the business simulation tool, so that the results can be seen after calculation. Since all teams play with exactly the same market circumstances, results between teams can be objectively compared, which gives a nice competitive touch to the activity.
At the end of the program, students will take part in a written final exam or final presentation over the course. Upon successful completion, you will receive an Executive Certificate from RWTH Aachen University stating your final grade of the course.
Certificate and Workload
At the end of the Summer School program, you will receive a Certificate of Participation together with a Certificate Supplement from RWTH Aachen University, stating the workload and the academic content of the Summer School.
Upon successful completion of the Summer School, you will furthermore receive an Executive Certificate and a Certificate of Performance from RWTH Aachen University, stating the final grade.
Have a look here at the workload of our Summer Schools:
|about 60 hours||2 ECTS credits can be awarded|
|about 90 hours||3 ECTS credits can be awarded|
|about 120 hours||4 ECTS credits can be awarded|
Ultimately it is up to your home institution as to how many credits may be awarded. For details, please speak to your home institution’s Study Abroad Adviser!