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BBE Spezialization Supply Chain and Operations Management (SCOM)

The whole business world consists of supply chains! 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 SCOM. Furthermore, students that have already gathered first practical experiences in Supply Chain and Operations 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 and Operations Management.

BEE Course overview SS2021

SCOM Courses

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.

SCOM is a joint offer by the Institute of Transport and Logistics Management (ITL) and the Institute for Production Management (PM). Courses are offered each semester.

Courses in SS 2021

Course 1: Operational Production Management (PI, obligatory course)

Assoz.Prof PD Dr. Emel Arikan Fichtinger

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 covered:

  • 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: https://learn.wu.ac.at/vvz/21s/4071

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/21s/4288

Course 3: Supply Chain Modelling and Design (PI, obligatory course)

Univ.Prof. Dr. Tina Wakolbinger

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/21s/5077

Course 4: International Supply Chain Operations (PI, elective course)

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/21s/4387

Course 4: Service Operations Management (PI, elective course)

o.Univ.Prof. Dr. Alfred Taudes, Jakob Hackel, MSc.

This course deals with the production and delivery of services. Services differ from physical goods. They typically are intangible and are not storable, not transportable and highly variable. These characteristics pose special problems when managing the operations of service operations. This course covers a mix of topics with an emphasis on simple quantitative methods and strategic frameworks. Course outline and plan is as follows:

  • Nature of Services and Service Strategy

  • Service Quality, New Service Development, Technology

  • Service Process Management

  • Service Process Management Case Presentation

  • Service Facility Location

  • Matching Supply and Demand

  • Waiting Line Management and Personnel Management

For full syllabus see: https://learn.wu.ac.at/vvz/21s/4856

Course 4: Supply Chain Planning (PI, elective course)

Dr. Stefan Treitl, Adhurim Imeri MSc (WU)

This course covers three planning hierarchies: tactical and operational planning problems in inventory management, and strategic network planning.  It focuses on identifying problem types and finding the most relevant information in the problems in order to formulate the problems to assist decision-making. Students are exposed to concepts and models important in inventory planning with emphasis on key trade-offs and phenomena. The following topics are discussed:

  • Single-period inventory modelling: Newsvendor framework

  • Two extensions of Newsvendor

    • Reactive capacity (dual sourcing model)

    • Supply chain coordination

  • Multi-period inventory modelling           

    • Periodic review policy

    • Continuous review policy

  • Inventory Pooling effects for risk mitigation

  • Strategic network design

For full syllabus see:


Course 4: Humanitarian Logistics (PI, elective course)

Univ.Prof. Tina Wakolbinger, Ph.D., ObstltdG Mag. Stefan Lampl

This course investigates the special requirements of logistics in disasters like earthquakes. Additionally, appropriate methods for decision support are presented and discussed. Cooperation and coordination form a core concern for decision makers in disaster management. Therefore, the EU decision process for implementing humanitarian missions will be described and the role of the logistics cluster will be analysed.

For full syllabus see: https://learn.wu.ac.at/vvz/21s/5078

Course 5: Seminar 1: Supply Chain Management in International Context (FS)

Dipl.-Vw. Dr. Hans-Joachim Schramm, Dhanavanth Reddy Maditati, MSc (WU), B.Tech,
Miguel Suarez Vasquez, MSc, MBA, PhD

After successful completion of this course, students should be able:

  • to assess, define, structure and solve stepwise a research problem from the field of transport and logistics.

  • to prepare, present and discuss a research proposal, including outline and research design.

  • to identify, judge qualitatively and balance suitable sources for a research problem.

  • to choose a suitable research and analysis method for his/her concrete research problem and apply it correct mostly autonomous.

  • to end in an solution of the research problem, wrap up results accordingly and interpret them technically correct and conclusive.

  • to write, present and defend a self-contained scientific research work

For full syllabus see: https://learn.wu.ac.at/vvz/21s/4753

Course 5: Seminar 2: Seminar on Sustainable Logistics (FS)

Dr. Fabien Tricoire, Mag. Dipl.-Ing. Lydia Novozel

In this seminar, students study recent research topics in sustainable logistics operations and improve their skills to analyse difficult situations in the dynamic context of sustainable supply chain management. While the first half of the semester is dedicated to the above, the second half is focused on supporting students’ in developing research questions and writing individual seminar papers.

For full syllabus see: https://learn.wu.ac.at/vvz/21s/5082

Course 5: Seminar 3: Research Seminar in Operations Management

Dr. Stefan Treitl, Univ.Prof. Mag.Dr. Gerald Reiner, Assist.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Lena Silbermayr, Ph.D., Assoz.Prof PD Dr. Emel Arikan Fichtinger, M.Sc.

This Seminar Course deals with speical topics in Operations Management. It shall support you in the process of academic writing, be it seminar papers, bachelor theses or master theses. We wll provide you with some ideas for deepening your knowledge in the manifold field of Operations Management. In the course of this lecture, you will then create your own seminar paper, thereby learning and appling the basic rules of academic writing.

For full syllabus see: https://learn.wu.ac.at/vvz/21s/6192