Procurement and International Physical Distribution

Universidad EAFIT

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Procurement and International Physical Distribution

  • Host University

    Universidad EAFIT

  • Location

    Medellín, Colombia

  • Area of Study

    Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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


    The processes of supply and international physical distribution, offer the essential tools and competitiveness to the international business professional, and contribute to their per and skills to face the world challenges, in the same way they lay the necessary foundat better understanding of international trade; In this way, the international business professionals contribute to the needs of the company and, therefore, of the country; there is now competition in the world in the different markets that demand a continuous improvement development and management of the complex elements of the supply chain, with the ob efficiently producing and increasing the value for all the interested parties of the company.


    To know the subject related to the supply chain and international distribution, in order adequate supply strategies within the organization and develop skills related to this analysis of the different activities and procedures involved in these processes optimize quality and costs.



    Adaptation to different contexts

    Creative thinking

    Appropriation of technological tools SPECIFIC COMPETENCES
    Execution of internationalization processes LEARNING OUTCOMES
    Competence: Adaptation to different contexts

    Identifies different behavior patterns in different environments Interprets behaviors in context
    Adjusts his behavior to the context in which he is

    Finds the value in the difference and integrate dissimilar behaviors to his Competence: Creative thinking
    Identifies the problem in a given situation

    Proposes new and coherent ideas for the solution of the identified problem Recognizes opportunities present in the problems for their use
    Manages the necessary resources for the implementation of innovative actions Competence: Appropriation of technological tools
    Knows the general and specific technological tools to the discipline of international busines

    Chooses and apply the most appropriate technological tools to solve specific problem profession
    Effectively uses the chosen  technological  tools Integrates the technological tools to solve problems Competence: Execution of internationalization processes
    Recognizes the different elements that facilitate and hinder the process of internationalizat

    Implements the internationalization path formulated in accordance with the objectives set

    Selects and / or assigns the appropriate resources for the implementation of the internatio process
    Launches the internationalization process in compliance with current legal requirements


    5.1.    Unit 1:Presentation of the Course

    Establish the development of the course in terms of topics, readings, activities and ev The Academic Pact will be socialized among the students and the goals will be set up
    5.2.    Unit 2:Introduction to Supply Chain Management.

    Review main world changes and its impact on SCM, Trade-Flows, Natural R Restrictions, Environmental concerns. Understand the field of study and its principal    of Supply Chain Management and â Physical Distribution.
    5.3.    Unit 3:Procurement Management.

    Understand the purpose and objectives of Procurement Management. Students will visualize the impact it has within the organization and how it shapes the future in term businesses.
    5.4.    Unit 4: Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Supply Chain Management.
    As in any other area of the company such as sales or finance, in Supply ethics are the sustainable and long term relationships with suppliers and well as with clients. transcends to the rest of the stakeholders specially the surrounding community. Envi issues are gaining more importance when looking for suppliers or sourcing either abroad.
    5.5.    Unit 5: Supply Processes

    Learn the concepts, functions and processes by which companies acquire raw mate components from suppliers. Comprehend the importance of quality not only in the pro but also within the processes implemented. Recognize and assimilate how supply per can be measured.
    5.6.    Unit 6: Supply Strategy

    Under this module student will learn how to differentiate the levels under which decis  be made. Special attention will be placed to the strategically level in Supply in which must define who should be their suppliers and how to manage them, the strategies costs will be reduced while adding value to the product and the technologies and inno implement in order to be continuously competitive.
    5.7.    Unit 7: Produce or Purchase: Insourcing or Outsourcing

    Learn when a product or a service can be an in house development or bought somew Consequently these topics will be analyzed: Need Identification, simplifica standardization program, define internal needs better to suppliers, improve acquisitio Supply Management and B2B: Online Market
    5.8.    Unit 8: Global Supply  Management

    Students will understand that nowadays supply management is also undertaken a echelon. This means that enterprises must be able to plan, execute, and control gl

    procurement activities; consolidating orders and sourcing goods and services from  the world.
    5.9.    Unit 9: Supplier Selection and Evaluation.

    Recognize the criteria by which a supplier either, local or international is selected ac the strategies, vision and values of a certain company. This also apply for the later      of the supplierâs performance based on the key performance indicators defined by a  or set of companies within a supply chain.
    5.10.    Unit 10: Inventory Management â Forecasting Demand

    Learn how to manage the material flow and the inventory stock as well as to forecast Inventory methods: ABC analysis. Comprehend the different storage systems applie Warehouse or DC. in order to improve the flow of materials and goods within the Supp
    5.11.    Unit 11: International Physical Distribution

    Understand the key role transport and distribution (especially of Warehouses and D within the Supply Chain.¿ The International Commerce terms INCOTERMS will  b taking into consideration the costs and responsibilities attached to  each  part  (sel within the negotiation. The Methods of international payment for international purchas also analyzed.


    The methodological and didactic strategies that can be used in class include:

    Assignment of readings prior to the class session, master class, field activities, w exhibitions, discussions, analysis of case studies, consultations and investigations, simula plays, games, team work, self-assessments, and oral and written exams.

    The methodology will be centered on master classes in which, through the locative, tech didactic and bibliographic resources, the student will receive all the necessary information supply chain, supply and international distribution in order to know all the procedures nec carry out the different activities involved efficiently and effectively, which will be complem workshops and applied research to strengthen the learning process.
    The subject is designed for a weekly class of three hours which is equivalent to a time of    of face-to-face dedication and the student for him achieved adequate skills, must allocat    48 additional hours of non-contact work for a total of 96 academic work hour for the subjec

    The thematic content of the subject is divided into 3 study units and in order to reach e sub-themes, the distribution of time will be as follows:
    Unit 1 "Supply Chain" 6 master hours,¿In-class activities¿6¿hours, Independent Work 4 h

    Unit 2 "Supply" 8¿master hours, Activity in-class¿activities¿4¿hours, Independent Work 4

    Unit 3 "International Distribution" 4¿master hours, In-class¿activities¿2¿hours, Independe hours
    As a complement to the subject, the student must allocate 9¿face-to-face¿hour development of evaluative activities and 12¿non-face-to-face¿hours for the development o work that has not been developed in the classroom.

    7.    RESOURCES

    7.1.    LOCATIVE

    Classroom and library

    Video beam, computer and Internet
    7.3.    DIDACTIC

    Presentations with slides, Web pages, Concept maps, Workshops, case analysis


    The evaluation criteria will be defined under the academic regulations of the university, so follow-up there will be 4 evaluation activities between face-to-face and non-face-to-face     be equivalent to 25% of the final grade, 45% distributed in 3 evaluations partial each of     the remaining 30% will correspond to the final work.
    All the evaluated activities are based on the knowledge criteria, itâs application, task per  and decision making in real market context.
    The different evaluation activities proposed for the subject are done in a group manner i promote and develop teamwork skills; only the exams are done individually to learn student's skills.
    The evaluation activities will be the following: Midterm 1 15%
    Midterm 2 15%

    Midterm 3 15%

    Follow-up activities 25%

    Final work 30%


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