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



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  • Bowersox D., Closs D., Cooper M.D., Supply Chain Logistics Management, McGraw Hill, 5ª ed., 2020, New York.
  • Bozarth C.B., Handfield, R.B., Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management, Global Edition, Pearson, 5ª ed., 2020, Harlow.
  • Carvalho J.C. et al., Logística e Gestão na Cadeia de Abastecimento, Ed. Sílabo, 2ª ed., 2017, Lisboa.
  • Chopra S., Supply Chain Management. Strategy, Planning and Operations, Pearson Global Edition, 7ª ed., 2019, Harlow.
  • Coyle J.J., Bardi E.J, Langley CJ, The Management of Business Logistics. A Supply Chain Perspective, Thomson, 8ª ed., 2008, Quebec.
  • Shapiro JF, Modeling the Supply Chain, Duxbury, Cengage /Thomson Learning, 2ª ed., 2006, Belmont: South-Western.
  • 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

The curricular unit is taught in lectures and labs.
In lectures the expositive method is adopted to present concepts, approaches and models. Oral questions are 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 SCM scope, with preparation in advance and final report done by team work. Projects results analysis is discussed in class.

Evaluation method

•1 test (T)
•2 group work (TGs)

   Final note = 0,50 T+0,20 TG1+0,30 TG2

The score for each component of the assessment will be rounded to two decimal places.

• In exam (E) the evaluation involves the exam grade and the one obtained in the TGs, with weighting in the final grade of 50 and 50%, respectively. 

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

6. Supply chain trends


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