Supply Chain Management: A Decision-Making Framework

Learn how to make rational and confident supply chain decisions, by understanding how they impact the finance, market and strategy of your company.

Created by: Pierre Semal

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Course Description

In this business and management course, you'll learn how make effective supply chain decisions that take into consideration all aspects of your business. The course will take a helicopter view for decision-making. The helicopter view is built upon: Key questions to decide on: manufacturing organization, late differentiation, location, distribution networks, "Objectives relevant to your business: cost, speed, flexibility, reliability, " We will work through questions such as: Should you locate a process in a given country? This decision has an obvious impact on your HR costs, but it also affects your working capital and your ability to react to the market needs. Should you centralize your distribution? This decision leads to economies of scale and a better product availability, but it also impacts your carbon emission. By the end of this course, you will have built a framework that allows you to make better decisions.

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Instructor Details

Pierre Semal

Pierre Semal is a full time professor at the Louvain School of Management (UCL, Belgium), since 1994. He teaches Supply Chain Management and related subjects at master and executive levels, in many different countries: Germany, France, Finland, China, Russia, US. His research interests are: performance evaluation and supply chain optimization. He holds a master degree in Engineering ('79) and a PhD degree in Computer sciences ('92), both from Louvain.

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