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Course of Study

Module 2200
Advanced Supply Chain Management


Dr. Heinke Heise, heinke.heise@agr.uni-goettingen.de,
Dr. Christian Schaper, Christian.Schaper@agr.uni-goettingen.de
Dr. Louisa von Hardenberg
Georg-August University Göttingen, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Chair of Management in Agribusiness

Module description

Supply or value chains are one of the dominant logics of organizing material and information flows in the global food industry. Questions of how to design, manage and monitor such supply chains have fostered the rise of a broad literature on this topic. Major parts of the supply chain management literature are based on various strategic management and organization theories. Selected theoretical approaches will be addressed in this course. Since transaction cost theory is a widely accepted and well known theoretical approach, this course aims at providing alternative views that help to understand organizational aspects of food supply chains.

Course outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Introduction to supply chain management
    • Supply chain management: A case study
    • Supply chain management: A transaction cost economics perspective
  3. Supply chain management: A competitive advantage perspective
  4. Supply chain management: A resource dependence perspective
  5. Supply chain management: A power perspective
  6. Supply chain management: A performance perspective

Teaching methods

Lectures 10%, presentations 35%, discussions 35%, case study 20%
Grading: Presentation 60%, discussion 20%, participation 20%
Credit points: 3
Language: English


Basic background in supply chain management and /or organization and strategic management theory. Participants are required to read literature (which will be suggested by the instructors) and prepare presentations to be held and discussed during the course.

Registration deadline is 8 weeks before the start of the course, readings and topics of presentations will be distributed 5 weeks before the start of the course. The presentations prepared have to be submitted to the lecturers until 2 weeks before start and will go through a pre-feedback process.


The course is organized as a one-week module. It is held at Georg-August University Göttingen.