Supply Chain Management


This course is available:         

Spring 2019 Semester 

Fall 2019 semester 

Spring 2020 semester (to be confirmed)


Course leaders:                      

Dr. Nathan Wang



5 ECTS (Semester programme)


Course Description

This course introduces global sourcing and supply chain management. In this competitive global marketplace, great emphasis is placed on both cost reduction and fast reaction time. Global sourcing refers to the process of locating goods and services in the most efficient manner wherever in the world they might be. The supply chain refers to both the physical activities related to delivering products /services to customers, as well as providing effective information and smooth financial flows. Good supply chain management will support products and services at right place, right time, right cost, and to right persons which will improve company’s profitability. These activities will not only involve the coordination of different functional areas within a company, but also the linkages among many different companies.

Students will learn the most important theories involved in supply chain management and global sourcing, and match that with actual case studies.  The course is structured to look at procurement and manufacturing, distribution and logistics, the information technology that supports the process, innovations in the supply chain, the integrated administration of the entire process, as well as the supply chain management in China, an enormous player in the world economy.  

After completing the course, students should:

- be able to identify and describe important features and concepts of supply chain management,

- be knowledgeable about specific market players of supply chain management and global sourcing, 

- have a command of the particular features of supply chain management, and

- be able to conduct a detailed analysis of a business sourcing problem that involves identifying challenges and their possible solutions.

- be able to know the global trends in supply chain management


Week 1 21st Century Supply Chains

Week 2 Logistics & Globalization

Week 3 Customer Relationship Management & Procurement

Week 4 Manufacturing & Integrated Operations Planning

Week 5 Supply Chain Information Systems

Week 6 Inventory & Warehouse

Week 7 Transportation Infrastructure & Operations

Week 8 Global supply chain network design & performance measurement

Week 9 Packaging, material handling, & future logistics trends

Week 10 Supply chain risk management & sustainability

Week 11 Group Presentations & Discussion

Week 12 Group Presentations & Discussion

Week 13 Case Study

Week 14 Case Study

Resume Course Director / Lecturer

Dr. Nathan Wang is Managing Director of Angel Clouds Advisory Board, and President  & CEO of 2E Solutions. He has more than twenty years experience in product development and business management, including turning multiple troubled businesses into profits. Wang obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, USA. He has taught on Global Supply Chain Management, Doing Business in China, and Management & Strategy at Fudan University and other organizations for years.


Dr. Wang was Asia General Manager of End-to-End Solutions in Motorola; Senior VP of Inventec Corp.; and VP of Hybrid Networks. Besides, Wang served as vice chairman of InfoComm committee, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (2004).


Dr. Wang led the teams to design and to launch the world's first smart phone (1999), the world's first wireless application download service (2002), and the world's first Linux smart phone (2003). Dr. Wang was also named as the “Father of Smart Phones” when he worked in Motorola.