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Focus Module: International Supply Chain Management (30 ECTS)

In our globalizing and digitizing world, Supply Chain Management excellence has become essential. State-of-the-art supply chains demand digital data exchange of various partners from all over the world and at the same time have to contribute to the overall goals of our time. To meet these requirements, this focus studies module at SUAS enables students to develop all three competencies that will be looked for in future supply chain managers: cross-cultural savviness for organizing and optimizing global supply chains, the ability to master the digital transformation of supply chains, and finally the capacity to enhance sustainability in supply chain management. Please find more details on how this program qualifies participants for these three challenges below.

Those who finish the module successfully are awarded by the SUAS International Supply Chain Management Certificate.

Students are considered eligible if they meet the following enrolment prerequisites:

  • Fundamentals in Business Management;
  • At least one module in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, or equivalent.

Courses fall/winter semester

*Mandatory in Fall 2020/21; Courses offered within the Module Extension Studies.
**Non-mandatory; Language and Culture Studies.

The course Supply Chain Management is intended to create a sound understanding of the subject matter by using real business cases that explore the challenges supply chain managers are facing.

The courses Special aspects of international purchasing and supply chain management and Cross-cultural management introduce students to the topic of globalized supply chains, the specific challenges of doing business on all continents and the required skills to manage global supply chains. In order to eliminate culture-related inefficiencies, students learn to balance cultural environments and to maximize the benefits of working with diverse stakeholders and teams.

Sourcing and logistics processes have a significant environmental and social impact. Mining raw materials, devising transport processes and offshoring manufacturing are just a few examples for this. Sustainable supply chain management aims to optimize ecological and social aspects of supply chain management while mainlining economic viability, referring to the Triple Bottom Line of sustainability. In this course, participants will gain insights to the specific challenges and benefits of sustainable supply chain management. The module aims to provide students with theoretical and scientific perspectives on sustainable supply chain management as well as real-life examples from various industries.

The ongoing digital transformation is often discussed from a micro or company-internal perspective. However, concepts such as “Industry 4.0” or the “Industrial Internet of Things” can only truly unfold their benefits if suppliers and customers are interconnected across the supply chain. In response to this, the course Digital Supply Chain Management covers digital transformation in supply chains aiming to provide participants with economic and technological background knowledge in order to understand digital transformation in supply chains and derive adequate responses from a management perspective.

To be able to apply the insights gained from theory and practical examples, the course International SCM Project takes the form of a project jointly devised with global players from the Salzburg area that also act as project owners. Real-life challenges of supply chain managers give participants the chance to apply the acquired skills and knowledge.

Additional cultural and language courses are offered by the International Office.

Follow this link for more information regarding the application process as an Incoming student.

Please note that all information on this website and the availability of any course may be subject to change. The course information can change for example in terms of learning goals, weightings of the course components, assignments, testing methods, and required study material. Check the most updated course details with the lecturer at the start of the semester.

A minimum of 6 and maximum of 15 participants are required for the module International Supply Chain Management.