Advanced Supply Chain Management



Konstantin V. Krotov, Associate Professor, Department of Operations Management, Graduate School of Management, St. Petersburg University



45 contact hours


Supply Chain Management / Operations Management / Logistics Management courses

Course Description:

Advanced Supply Management (ASM) is designed for the students already familiar with core Supply Chain Management (SCM) and logistics concepts and who (preferably) have some working experience (incl. internship) in area of logistics. ASM course will integrate the knowledge on inventory management, transportation logistics, supply chain collaboration, financial logistics, sustainability in supply chains on a strategic level of firm’s sourcing, with regard to challenges generated by digitalization and technologies in supply chain (big data, 3D printing, blockchain, etc.) and to challenges generated by new successful business models of “traditional” (Amazon, DHL, etc.) and “share-economy” companies. The course will be practical and useful for future SCM/logistics specialists as well as for any future leaders of business transformation as the course gives broad view on the firm, its sourcing strategy and managing of its supply chains.

Course Content (Topics and subtopics):

Topic 1. World class supply management in new global digital world (Introduction / Successful and failure cases / Challenges of contemporary world)

Topic 2. Strategy and operations (Operations management and SCM / Operations strategy / Production issues)

Topic 3. Supply chain metrics (The supply chain-finance connection / The revenue-cost connection)

Topic 4. Distribution networks and network optimization problems (Value creation in supply chains / Distribution and design problems on networks / Omni-channel supply / Outsourcing problems)

Topic 5. Digitalization of supply chains (3D Printing / Big data and machine learning in supply chains / New business models for contemporary world)

Topic 6. Relationship and contract management (Supplier development / Retailer-supplier relationships)

Topic 7. Sustainable supply management (Risk management in global chains / Sustainability practices / Closed loop supply chain / Reverse logistics / Circle economy)

Course Organization

The course is composed of lectures and discussions, case analysis, guest lectures and group exercises (presentations). Students are expected to attend all classes and be fully prepared and actively participate in class discussions.

Course Reading (the full list):

Core reading: none

Supplementary reading: blackboard materials (articles, etc.), industry white papers (by DHL, Oliver Wymen, other)

Exam format:



Duration: 90 minutes

Grading Policy (% or points):

Course progress – 50 %, exam –  50%
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