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Updated A.Y. 2023-2024


A.A. 2023-24

Office hours: to be booked by email

Office location: online during the course period on TMs


Teaching Staff responsible for the Course:

Prof.  Andrea APPOLLONI – andrea.appolloni@uniroma2.it  

Dr. Wenjuan CHENG - wenjuan.cheng@uniroma2.it 

Dr. Asad Ali QAZI - Asad.Ali.Qazi@uniroma2.it 

Dr. Shah Newaz - nwzmsh01@uniroma2.it 


Learning Objectives

The issue of sustainability is fast emerging as a major strategic concern for business leaders.  Organizations are increasingly under scrutiny from a range of stakeholders, including, customers, investors, legislators, governments, and pressure groups regarding the impact their operations are having on the wider environment and society.  Issues such as global warming, depletion of natural reserves, waste management, emerging producer responsibility legislation, air transport, corporate social responsibility reporting are just a few examples of the complex nature of the area.

This course is designed to introduce students to the subject of sustainability from a supply chain perspective.  Specifically, the objectives of the course are to provide students with:

  • Understanding and critical awareness surrounding the concepts of sustainability
  • Understanding and critical awareness of corporate responsibility and ethics
  • Comprehensive understanding of the relationships and implications for sustainable development and supply chain operations
  • Critical awareness of the contemporary methods of evaluating sustainability impacts relating specifically to supply chain operations – for example, carbon footprinting.
  • Conceptual understanding of emerging supply chain sustainability models; reverse logistics; resource management, humanitarian logistics, fair trade, and sustainable collaborative networks
  • Ability to evaluate and appraise emerging supply chain sustainability models and strategies


Develop a basic understanding of supply chain management through the lens of sustainability. Develop a sound knowledge on the key drivers of sustainable purchasing processes and models with respect to global and multitier supply chains, their inter-relationships with the overall strategy, with sustainable suppliers, and with the role of green and reverse logistics.


Apply analytical and problem-solving skills necessary to develop solutions for a variety of sustainable Supply Chain processes and understanding what

information should be exchanged for a sustainable supply chain activity, how Information technologies can support sustainable supply chain management , their inter-relationships with sustainable suppliers, and with the green and reverse logistics.


Identify key issues within the sustainable supply chain within different industries and learning to quantify the improvements that various sustainable supply chain

strategies can offer.


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


Analyze critically Sustainable Supply Chain decisions. Discuss the implication of designing, planning, or operating a sustainable supply chain.

Teaching methods

A combination of traditional lectures, discussions, case studies, testimonial companies, and role-play exercises.


Main References

However, the following book is recommended to support the material presented during lectures. The oral test will be based on all online materials (Ppts, Report, Case, and more)  including the presentation from companies. 


Appolloni A. & Cheng. W. (2021) Sustainable Procurement: knowledge and practice towards sustainable development. Giappichelli Editore Torino

The main references  not mandatory :

  • Mena, C. (2014) Sustainable Procurement, in Mena, C., Van Hoek, R. and Christopher, M., Leading Procurement Strategy, pp. 171-196 (this book chapter provided by the lecturer)
  • Sroufe, R. and Melnyk, S. (2013) Developing Sustainable Supply Chains to Drive Value: Management Issues, Insights, Concepts, and Tools, Business Expert Press
  • Sarkis J. and Dou Y., Green Supply Chain, Routledge, 2018

As additional required course readings:

The students can receive and discuss more articles/cases during the course. 

The course will be built on academic classes based on slides, articles, plus case studies.



Important: Because of the concentrated nature of the MScBA program, attendance in class is very important, in particular during the testimonials from the companies ( IBM, Amazon, KPMG, FAO, WFP, Loro Piana, Consip,  and others). Indeed, a significant part of the learning from the course is derived from the testimonial companies and their experience, in that case, it is important to join especially the meetings whit the companies. 

The students who will be attending not less than 75% of the classes will be eligible to be considered as regularly attending the classes, (considering the standard program and the opportunity to take the pre-exam). Conversely, the students who cannot regularly follow the course must include in the standard program more materials suggested by the teacher,  and they cannot take the pre-exam in this case.
The oral test only and online. The oral test is made of 2 or 3 specific questions on the different parts of the course including the testimonial companies. 
Please send an email to me in case you have a problem and more questions. 
Enjoy the course  
Theaching staff