International Purchasing and Supply Management

Universidad del Norte

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Purchasing and Supply Management

  • Host University

    Universidad del Norte

  • Location

    Barranquilla, Colombia

  • Area of Study

    Business Administration, International Business, Supply Chain Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    2.    Descripción de la asignatura.
    This course presents a corporative management focus developed under the Purchasing & Supply management concept, intending to optimize purchasing/procurement/supply processes at a corporate level.  The course will support the student with a combination of analysis skills, management tools and practical experiences which will allow him to identify the role of this specific management area within the overall strategic context and within the supply chain in particular.

    3.    Justificación.
    The last two decades have brought a series of changes in the way that businesses are conducted.  The accelerated rate of change in markets, products, technology and the level of global competition have turned imperative the need to reduce cost, fulfill the customers’ high expectations in quality and address the corporate/market demand for product availability with less available inventory at the lowest transactional cost.  An efficient supply & purchasing management can lead performance through a changing and dynamic  business environment.


    1. Temas de la asignatura.




    In-class hours

    Independent work (Readings and assignments)


    Supply Chain



    Lectures, textbook and other articles readings

    Tactical purchasing vs strategic purchasing

    Evolution of purchasing

    Operational Purchasing

    The Purchasing process



    Case studies, Workshops

    Purchasing and Supply Chain Organization

    Purchasing Policy and procedures

    Boundary spanning Function

    Strategic Sourcing

    Purchasing and Commodity Strategy Development



    Case Studies, Workshops


    Supplier selection, evaluation and measurement

    Supplier Quality management

    Supplier Development

    Worldwide Sourcing

    Strategic Cost Management

    Strategic Cost management



    Case studies, Workshops


    Managing Contracts

    Purchasing law and ethics

    Supply Chain Management

    Supply Chain Inventory



    Case studies, Workshops

    Supply Chain Information systems

    Performance measurement and Evaluation

    Future Directions

    Purchasing: Changes and  trends


    Lectures, textbook  and other articles readings

    Contact the Colombia Program Manager for the complete syllabus.


This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some are essential to make our site work; others help us improve the user experience. By using the site, you consent to the placement of these cookies.

Read our Privacy Policy to learn more.