Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management in China

 (Subject to change)


Course Description

This course introduces global sourcing and supply chain management in China, an enormous player in the world economy. In the competitive global marketplace, great emphasis is placed on both cost reduction and fast reaction time. Global sourcing refers to the process of locating goods and services in the most efficient manner (particularly with regard to cost and delivery times) wherever in the world they might be. The supply chain refers to both the physical activities related to delivering products and services to customers, as well as informational activities such as product design and planning. These activities may involve the linking of different companies in this process or the coordination of different functional areas within a single company.

Students will learn the most important theories involved in supply chain management and global sourcing, and match that with actual case studies. The course is structured to look at procurement and manufacturing, distribution and logistics, the information technology that supports the process, innovations in the supply chain that fuel China’s growth, as well as the integrated administration of the entire process.


Method of Presentation:

This course will include lectures, case studies, group discussion, and site visit (if available).


Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, students should:

– be able to identify and describe important features and concepts of supply chain management,

– be knowledgeable about specific market players of supply chain management and global sourcing in China,

– have a command of the particular features of supply chain management in China, and be able to conduct a detailed analysis of a business sourcing problem set in China that involves identifying challenges and their possible solutions.


Required Work and Form of Assessment:

Students are required:

  • To attend all course hours, and to participate class discussion
  • To submit reports & to give presentations (on individual topics and group presentation)
  • To take quizzes/exams
  • To read textbook(s) and assigned reading materials

Final grades are determined by the total points accumulated on the following assignments:QQ20150703-1


  • Grading:
    • In-class quizzes/exams 33%
      • Multiple In-class quizzes/exams. The quizzes/exams will be based on textbooks, assigned readings, and class lectures.
    • Topic Presentation and in-class Discussion  33%
      • Attendance and the interaction discussion during classes
      • Each person will do one “topic” presentation to the whole class. Each topic is based on one chapter of the textbook.
      • Each presentation is about 5-7 minutes, including Q & A.
      • Only need to present the most important items on the topic.
      • Others will participate discussion and will ask questions. The presenter needs to answer based on his/her best knowledge.
      • The goals of topic presentation are:
        • To understand the specific topic and its application in global supply chain management
        • To summarize chapter contents and share with others
        • To practice public presentation and discussion
      • For Each Topic Presentation:
        • Summarizing and presenting the contents within given time slot.
        • Searching on the web to find more information and real case study about the topic.
        • Providing what you learn and how to improve  for future business
      • Use presentation tool, such as PPT, for presentation.
      • Need to submit report or presentation files in writing or in electronic form (preferred) for grading.
    • Group Project Presentation  34%
      • ~3 persons as a team.
      • Each team will choose one group project topic.
      • Each person should take one section during the presentation.
      • The goals are:
        • To learn real case study
        • To learn how to analyze/solve problems
        • To learn teamwork
      • Need to do a ~30 minutes presentation for the whole group. Each person has about 8 minutes.
      • Need to submit report or presentation files in writing or in electronic form (preferred) for grading.
      • Some Example Topics for Group Project
        • Select one or more companies and study their supply chain management systems
        • Study one or more tools for supply chain management
        • What are the challenges of Global Supply Chain and how to overcome those challenges? Please find and present some real cases.
        • How does E-commerce change the supply chain? What are the new challenges and how to overcome them?
        • How to use new technologies, such as “Clouds system”, or “mobile devices”, …, etc. to enhance supply chain system?


Required Readings:

  • Textbook “Supply Chain Logistics Management (3rd Ed.).  Bowersox, Closs, and Cooper, eds.  McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2009”
  • World Trade Organization, “World Trade Report 2013 – Factors shaping the future of world trade”, (340 pages), .
  • Case studies: such as Walmart, Amazon, DHL, Fedex, UPS, IBM, Starbucks, Costco, Oracle, SAP, …, etc.


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