BBE Spezialization Supply Chain and Operations Management (SCOM)

The whole business world consists of supply chains! Those students that show interest in how products or services originate in a global environment and how they reach their customers in an efficient and effective manner will find their answers in our specialization. Furthermore, students that have already gathered first practical experiences in Supply Chain Management can deepen their knowledge in this specialization. Good quantitative and methodological skills are as expected from the applicants as motivation, communication and cooperation skills.
SCOM covers all topics related to Supply Chain and Operations Management. These include, among many others, materials procurement, manufacturing of products and the distribution to the customers. The students – first – receive a broad common body of knowledge in the mandatory Course 1 to 3 dealing with topics of Supply Chain and Operations Management while at the same time working with different methods, tools and systems to apply the knowledge hands-on. In the second part of the elective courses, students can focus their interests onto different special topics in Course 4, e.g. International Supply Chain Operations, Service Operation Management or Supply Chain Planning. The last Course 5 is a seminar, which explicitly aims to enable student to write a Bachelor Thesis in the field of Supply Chain Management and Operations Management.

BEE Course overview SS2020

Given the broad knowledge base that the students of SCOM receive, the path is open to careers in many different fields. These range from experts in manufacturing and logistics operations to sourcing and procurement specialists as well as inventory and distribution managers.

Course 1: Operational Production Management (PI, obligatory course)
Martin Hrusovsky Ph.D.

The course provides an introduction to operational management in production industries. The basics of inventory and quality management, and supply chain planning are introduced.  The following topics are covere

  • Quality Management

  • Demand Planning and Forecasting

  • Inventory control using Newsvendor model

  • Aggregate Planning

  • Short term production planning; Lot Sizing and Scheduling


For full syllabus see: learn.wu.ac.at/vvz/20s/4079

Course 2: Supply Chain Management (VUE, obligatory course)
Dhanavanth Reddy Maditati, MSc (WU), B.Tech

In this course, the essence of supply chain management in success of a business is emphasised, and it aims to provide the students a good understanding of developing and managing supply chains in line with the needs of the business.
The course starts with basics of supply chain management, giving first-hand experience of inter-relational behaviour in supply chains. Then prerequisites and goals to configure and analyse supply chains will be discussed, including supply chain strategy, planning and controlling. The course concludes with recent supply chain trends and best practices for supply chain management in turbulent times.
To ensure that up to date business insights are given, current trends and innovations are discussed with the students.

For full syllabus see:https://learn.wu.ac.at/vvz/20s/4320

Course 3: Supply Chain Modelling and Design (PI, obligatory course)
Assoz.Prof PD Dr. Vera Hemmelmayr
Dipl.-Ing.Dr. Romana Berariu BEd

After successfully passing this course, students should be able to know and apply the models and theories of network design in supply chains. Furthermore, they should be able to develop and validate optimization models that allow them to compare different network design configurations and to find the optimal network design for a given situation.
Accordingly, the following topics will be addressed:

  • Introduction to network design

  • Network problems: Transport and transhipment problems

  • Distribution Network Design

  • Global supply chain design

  • Network design under uncertainty


For full syllabus see: https://learn.wu.ac.at/vvz/20s/5204

Course 4: International Supply Chain Operations (PI) – starting SS2020
Dipl.-Vw. Dr. Hans-Joachim Schramm

At the end of this course, students should have a basic knowledge about actual trade practice, including contracting, customs, documentary paperwork, transport management as well as security, compliance and risk management issues. This should enable them to plan successfully shipping and handling for international goods movements. Accordingly, the course is held in sessions structured as follows:

  • Trade Environment and Export/Import Operations

  • Customs Practices and Trade Facilitation

  • Trade Management: contracting issues, trade terms (esp. Incoterms 2010) and terms of payment.

  • Risk-, Security- and Compliance Management

  • Transport Management: documentary paperwork, insurance and liability issues.

  • In-class Case Study about Transport Management Issues


For full syllabus see: https://learn.wu.ac.at/vvz/20s/4428