wir921 - Sustainable Supply Chain Management (Complete module description)

wir921 - Sustainable Supply Chain Management (Complete module description)

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Module label Sustainable Supply Chain Management
Modulkürzel wir921
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law (Economics)
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master Applied Economics and Data Science (Master) > Specialization
  • Master's programme Business Administration: Management and Law (Master) > Schwerpunktmodule NM-BWL
  • Master's programme Business Administration: Management and Law (Master) > Schwerpunktmodule RdW - BWL
  • Master's Programme Sustainability Economics and Management (Master) > Accentuation Modules
Zuständige Personen
  • Busse, Christian (module responsibility)
  • Lehrenden, Die im Modul (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Busse, Christian (Module counselling)
Skills to be acquired in this module
By focusing on sustainability from an intra-, and inter-organizational perspective, this module aims to equip students with an in-depth knowledge of the sustainability-related challenges and problems within supply chain management and suggests some tools for managing the same. It further seeks to capacitate students to understand and analyze the trade-offs and conflicts of targets within sustainable supply chain management. The content is closely linked to the latest research in the field, providing a theoretical understanding (within the lecture) while using real-world case examples (within the seminar) to develop a practical understanding simultaneously. Students will be able to connect theory with practice and get a taste of real-life corporate scenarios or lay a foundation for possible master theses. Further, working in groups will help students brush up their team management skills, and the final report shall accustom them to the intricacies of scientific writing.
Module contents

This masters-level module focuses on how firms could practically manage sustainability in its supply chains. Two broader perspectives, as detailed below, guide the coursework:

1) The material flow perspective approaches SSCM with sustainably managing physical flows and processes within a firm’s operations and upstream (and downstream) supply chain links. Individual (lecture) sessions are built around the following topics: Introduction to Sustainability and Supply Chain Management; Introduction to Sustainable Supply Chain Management; Sustainable Product Development & Lean and Green; Workplace Health and Safety; Sustainable Transportation; Sustainable Warehousing & Sustainable Packaging; and Closed-Loop Supply Chain Management

2) The relationship perspective further adopts a more direct managerial viewpoint on inter-firm relations. Individual (lecture) sessions discuss the following topics: Stakeholder Management; Legitimacy, Decoupling & Greenwashing; Supply Chain Sustainability Risks; Sustainable Supplier Management; and Supply Chain Sustainability Dilemmas

Some of the theoretical perspectives discussed within the lecture sessions will be prepared by case studies of well-known companies such as Walmart, DHL, HP, Volkswagen, Lidl, and Apple.
The lecture content has been developed from various research publications, rather than a textbook. Students are encouraged to read some of the original publications as amendments to the lecture. The case studies will mostly be based on professionally written cases. Scholarly publications/articles, as well as the case study documents, will be provided and discussed throughout the sessions.
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency Yearly in the summer term
Module capacity unlimited
Reference text
This module is offered in the summer term. For a more detailed description of course content and organization, please note the syllabus that will be made available via Stud.IP before the beginning of the course.
Type of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Teaching/Learning method Lectures and seminar sessions will be completely intertwined
Previous knowledge There are no formal or informal prerequisites. Basic knowledge of business and management, corporate sustainability, and supply chain and operations management is advantageous. Familiarity with management theories and research methods will also help students.
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
Form of instruction Vorlesung und Seminar
Frequency SoSe oder WiSe
Workload Präsenzzeit 56 h