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:
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-offs present in each of those decisions. The course will be highly interactive and will contain a lot of intensive and fun teamwork.
On Days 1 and 2, we will be “exploring the fundamentals”, giving a short overview of the main principles and building blocks of the Supply Chain and working on those in detail. 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 Days 3 and 4, we will work on “mastering the fundamentals” with an integral activity 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.
On day 4 we will also spend some time on “imagining beyond the fundamentals”, by taking a look at potential impacts that some of the most relevant trends and developments in business and society might have on the supply chains of the future.
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. A case study will then be conducted in which the learned interrelationships of a cross-company supply chain are taken into account. The results of the case study are then presented to an expert jury.
Knowledge and Understanding
- The main important aspects of operations & supply chain management, seen from the business, the technical and the leadership dimensions
- The scope and complexity of a company’s operations and supply chain
- The interdependencies between the different functional areas in a company when dealing with delivering on the promises done to customers
- Analyze operations and supply chain setups of companies (physical goods and services)
- Identify the underlying trade-offs at stake when making operations and supply chain related decisions
- Make well-contemplated supply chain decisions
- Problem solving and critical thinking skills
- Judgment and decision making skills
- Communication and negotiation skills
- Collaboration and people management skills
Knowledge and Understanding
- Challenges and strategies in procurement
- Different sourcing strategies, which focus on different targets of procurement
- "Make-or-buy"-methodology for solution finding regarding in-house or external fabrication
- Different concepts of cooperation, including solutions for the designs of cooperation
- Challenges and strategies in supply chain management
- Overview of key planning tasks
- Overview of different supply chain designs
- Case study based application of the basics in procurement and supply chain management
- Application of measures to reduce the effects of the bullwhip effect in cross-company supply chains
- Understanding of cross-company supply chains
- Insight into the future of digital supply chains
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!