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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 research seminar, which explicitly aims to enable student to write a Bachelor Thesis in the field of Supply Chain and Operations Management.

BBE Course Overview WS2023/2024


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.

ATTENTION: Due to organisational challenges, Course 3: Methods and Tools in Supply Chain and Operations Management cannot be offered in WS2023, however, we found an agreement with our sister Specialisation Supply Chain Networks and Services (SNS) to open their Course 3: Supply Chain Modelling

Courses in WS2023/2024

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

Dipl.-Ing. Gregor Gluttig, Belma Turan, Ph.D.

The course introduces students to the topics of supply chain modelling and design. The following topics will be addressed:

  • Network planning

  • Supply chain modelling

  • Network design in the supply chain considering service levels, capacity, transportation costs, and fixed costs

  • Evaluation of network design decisions using decision trees

  • Distribution Network Design

For full syllabus see: https://learn.wu.ac.at/vvz/23w/0834

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 hold in sessions structured as follows:

  • Trade Environment and Export/Import Operations

  • Customs Practices and Trade Facilitation

  • Risk-, Security- and Compliance Management

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

  • 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/23w/0316

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

o.Univ.Prof. Dr. Alfred Taudes, Jorao Gomes Junior, 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/23w/1062

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

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:

  • Strategic network design

  • Single-period inventory modeling: The Newsvendor framework

  • Two extensions of the Newsvendor

    • Reactive capacity (Dual sourcing model)

    • Supply chain coordination

  • Multi-period inventory modeling (Replenishment Policies)

    • Periodic review and base stock policy

    • Continuous review and fix order quantity policy

  • Inventory Pooling effects

For full syllabus see: https://learn.wu.ac.at/vvz/23w/0990

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

Dipl.-Vw. Dr. Hans-Joachim Schramm, 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 a 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/23w/0396

Course 5: Seminar 2: Research Seminar in Operations Management

Univ.Prof. Mag.Dr. Gerald Reiner, Assoz.Prof PD Dr. Emel Arikan Fichtinger, M.Sc., Assoz.Prof PD Lena Silbermayr, Ph.D.

This Seminar Course deals with special topics in Operations Management. It shall support you in the process of academic writing, be it seminar papers, bachelor theses or master theses. We will 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 applying the basic rules of academic writing. After successful completion of the seminar, you should be able to critically evaluate and discuss published results from the literature. Furthermore, you should have acquired the skills to write an academic paper of high quality and to present your work effectively.

For full syllabus see: https://learn.wu.ac.at/vvz/23w/1601