Managing Global Supply Chains

East China Normal University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Managing Global Supply Chains

  • Host University

    East China Normal University

  • Location

    Shanghai, China

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Business, Business Management, International Business, International Management, Supply Chain Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    Supply chain management is becoming more and more important for businesses as the scope to outsource globally increases. Companies now have to deal with emerging countries just beginning to compete in global markets. A supply chain is the network of entities from the raw material supplier at one end, going through the plants, warehouses and distribution centers, to retailers, and sometimes the final customer, at the other end.

    Supply chain management is the integrated management of the flow and storage of materials, information and funds between the entities comprising the supply chain. The main objective of the supply chain is to create and enhance value as the product, in its intermediate or final form, progresses through the network.  The focus of this course will be on Asia and key issues within operations, which are of relevance in a firm’s ability to remain competitive in a global economy.


    Prior coursework in core marketing is encouraged as the course builds upon these fundamentals.


    Following the completion of this course, students should be able to:

    1.      Explain the challenges in supply chain management in Asia today.

    2.      Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the drivers and metrics for supply chains;

    3.      Discuss and evaluate key decision criteria for sourcing and outsourcing in the supply chain;

    4.      Develop a strategy for sustainability in the supply chain.

    This class will be participative and will require students to contribute individually and as part of a team. The course content and delivery will create a framework where students reflect critically on the weekly discussion topics. The students will be expected to devote an hour per day keeping up with the current global issues in international business, politics and society. The teaching and learning methods will be a blend of the following:

    1.      Lectures

    2.      Reflections & observations

    3.      Readings on current topics

    4.      Class discussions and case studies

    5.      Student presentations

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations