Supply Chain Management


The main knowledge to be acquired by students with this course is how to create a sustainable supply chain at global, national and organizational level.

With this course students are expected to develop their skills to understand the complexity of the supply chain structure and the dynamic behavior of the supply chain processes and, consequently, the complexity on decision making leading to an efficient and effective supply chain management. Furthermore, students must develop the ability to select the most adequate management strategies and practices to promote the competitiveness of supply chains, and train their skills in interpreting the supply chain performance.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

António Carlos Bárbara Grilo, Virgínia Helena Arimateia de Campos Machado


Weekly - 4

Total - 84

Teaching language



Preferably fourth year students.


Carvalho JC, Logística e Gestão na Cadeia de Abastecimento, Ed. Sílabo, 2010, Lisboa.

Carvalho JC, et al., Logística, Supply Chain & Network Management. Gestão em Casos de Estudo, Ad Litteram, 2004, Lisboa.

Chopra S, Meindl P, Supply-Chain Management. Strategy, Planning and Operations, Pearson International Editions, 5ª ed., 2012, New Jersey.

Coyle JJ, Bardi EJ, Langley CJ, The Management of Business Logistics. A Supply Chain Perspective, Thomson, 8ª ed., 2008, Quebec.

Shapiro JF, Modeling the Supply Chain, Duxbury, Thomson Learning, 2007, Australia.

Simchi-Levi D, Kaminsky P, Simchi-Levi E, Designing and Managing the Supply Chain. Concepts, Strategies and Case Studies, 3rd ed, McGraw-Hill, 2007, Boston.

Teaching method

In lectures the expositive method is adopted to present concepts, approaches and models, illustrated with practical examples. Oral questions are frequently made for stimulate the students participation, prerequisite control and knowledge assessment.

In laboratory sessions the experimental method is adopted. Active methods are used. Students resolve exercises and perform games in the supply chain management scope, with preparation in advance and final report done by team work. Projects results analysis is discussed in class.

Evaluation method

The course grading is based on a closed-book test (T) and projects in group (TGs), with a weighting of 50 and 50% in the final grade, respectively.

Final Grade =  0.5 T+ 0.5 TGs

To be exempted from the final exam, the student must assure a mark equal or above 9.5 on the average of closed-book tests.

The student is excluded from the final exam if he / she is not present in at least 9 lectures and 9 laboratory sessions, and the grade of TGs does not exceed 9.5 values.

Subject matter

1. Fundamental concepts about supply chain management
1.1 Supply chain complexity
1.2 Fundamental issues in supply chain management.

2. Integrated supply chain management
2.1 Supply chain management objectives
2.2 Supply chain modelling
2.3 Analysis of strategies and paradigms to supply chain management
2.4 Analysis of the sustainability of supply chain management strategies and paradigms

3. Supply chain risk management
3.1 Categorization of risk
3.2 Risk analysis
3.3 Mitigation strategies

4. Performance evaluation of supply chain management
4.1 Quantitative and qualitative methodologies
4.2 The Supply Chain Operations Reference model

5. Realization of games in the supply chain management scope, and critical analysis of their results


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