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Updated A.Y. 2019-2020


The course aims to provide a conceptual understanding of what supply chains are as well as the key issues that need to be considered when designing, planning, or operating a supply chain. The course has a specific focus on the Procurement activities and on the impact of digital technologies on supply chains.
The theoretical elements provided will be framed in a practice-oriented view with the support of SCOR, one of the mostly widely adopted supply chain model. SCOR is an acronym for Supply Chain Operations Reference Model, which was developed to assist businesses in understanding, structuring, and evaluating the performance of supply chains.


Develop a basic understanding of supply chain management and its role in the company. Develop a sound knowledge on the key drivers of Purchasing and its inter-relationships with strategy and other functions of the company (e.g. manufacturing, logistics and marketing). Master the Supply Chain Operations Reference Model (SCOR).

Apply analytical and problem solving skills necessary to develop solutions for a variety of Supply Chain and Purchasing and understanding what information should be exchanged in a supply chain/purchasing activity, how Information technologies can support it and digital transformation will impact on supply chain management and purchasing. Being able to apply the SCOR framework to actual business cases.

Identify key issues within purchasing within different industries and learning to quantify the improvements that various supply chain strategies can offer.

Summarize and present Supply Chain and Purchasing strategies. Discuss the implication of implementing analytical tools for Supply Chain Management and Purchasing.

Analyse critically Supply Chain and Purchasing decisions. Discuss the implication of designing, planning, or operating a supply chain, in particular a digital supply chain.



The course is structured on four parts:

PART I: The core concepts of Supply Chain Management  and Procurement:
- Supply Chain Management: an overview
- The role of purchasing in the value chain
- Industrial buying behaviour: Decision-making in purchasing
- The purchasing management process
- Buying business services
- Contract management for complex projects

PART II: Purchasing Strategy and planning
- Purchasing and business strategy
- Outsourcing and risk management
- Category sourcing: developing effective sourcing strategies
- Purchasing, innovation and quality management
- Purchasing, logistics and supply chain management
- Purchasing organization
- Performance measurement and governance in purchasing

PART III: Digital Supply Chains
- Impact of digital technologies on planning, procurement and logistics
- Definition of a digital strategy for the supply chain
- Overview of the emerging IT tools and their impact on the supply chain
- The relevance of blockchain technology for supply chain management

PART IV: SCOR® (Supply Chain Operating Reference) Model
[taught by Sergio Vacca]
- Explore the origins and goals of the SCOR Reference Model framework.
- Understand the structure of the SCOR Reference Model framework sourcebooks.
- Work with the four central parts of the SCOR framework: performance, processes, practices and people.
- Summarize a SCOR improvement program.

Some classes related to part I and II will be e-learning classes available on the course Moodle Platform.
The teaching method is based on a combination of theory/model and practical applica-tions. The class material and additional documents/tools, helping to improve knowledge and skills, will be posted regularly during the course on the laD Platform for use and consultation.

For Parts I and II the reference textbook is:
Arjan J. van Weele, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management: Analysis, Strategy, Planning and Practice, Cengage Learning, 7th Edition (2018)
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13

For Part III the reference material is made of the course slides and reports from leading-edge consulting companies (included in the course website).

For Part IV: the reference material is made of slides and readings based on the Supply Chain Operations Reference Model developed by APICS/ASCM as a comprehensive open-source model well adopted by practitioners

The slides will be provided both on the course website and the Moodle platform. In the Moodle platform there will be also videos supporting the e-learning classes.


Seminar articles (for non attending students):
• Fisher M. – What is the right supply chain for your product, HBR March-April 1997
• Lee H.L – The Triple-A supply chain, HBR October 2004
• Kraljic P. – Purchasing must become supply management, HBR Sept.-Oct. 1983
• Stalk G. – Time the next source of competitive advantage, HBR July-Aug. 1998

SCOR related readings:
• Supply Chain Excellence – Peter Bolstorff; Robert Rosenbaum - 2012. AMACOM books, division American Management Association International, New York, NY
• Fix Your Supply Chain – Paul C. Husby; Dan Starwood – CRC Press – Taylor and Francis Group
• Learning to See – Mike Rother; John Shook – Lean enterprise Institute. Cambridge, MA 02142 USA

• CAPS  Research- Center for Advanced Procurement Strategy www.capsresearch.org

Videos on Part I and II:
• Ch1: https://youtu.be/ZVd2cmoqdX0
• Ch2: https://youtu.be/48YPBZsHTpI
• Ch3: https://youtu.be/DO9lunEKoGc
• Ch4: https://youtu.be/7otetvMMQ7o
• Ch5: https://youtu.be/Ha6egB7N4tM
• Ch7: https://youtu.be/5CEsqqyB3v0
• Ch8: https://youtu.be/qIbLpQ56yI0
• Ch9: https://youtu.be/Y_NMVcM1Bxo
• Ch10: https://youtu.be/yu6qqoqjSg4
• Ch11: https://youtu.be/G4cxTR-STM4
• Ch12: https://youtu.be/Hic1Y_NTm8U
• Ch13: https://youtu.be/1-LgzXf91Zw



Classes with case studies, testimonials and simulations.
E-learning classes and forums based on the MScBA Moodle platform (The teacher will provide during the first lesson a description about the utilization of Moodle).
Group work on SCOR application case.