2023-2024 / LOGI0011-1

Supply Chain Management


45h Th

Number of credits

 Master in law (120 ECTS) (Econonomic and social law, minor in management)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in economics and business management5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...)5 crédits 
 Master in human resources management (120 ECTS) (Management)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)5 crédits 


Sabine Limbourg

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Interest in supply chain management, both in industry and in academia, has grown rapidly over the past several years and continues to grow. A number of forces have contributed to this trend: the severe competition in today's global markets, the increasing variety of products, the products with shorter and shorter life cycles, the heightened expectations of customers, etc. Many of the companies facing these difficulties have discovered the magnitude of savings that can be achieved through effective supply chain management practices. Supply chain management is defined as a set of approaches utilized to efficiently coordinate all the organizational units along a supply chain in order to improve the competitiveness of the chain as a whole. Logistics management is that part of supply chain management that plans, implements, and controls the effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information in order to meet customer requirements. This course treats the fundamental topics of logistics and supply chain management: supply chain network design, distribution strategies in supply chains, production process design and facility layout, aggregate production planning, managing inventories in supply chains, master production scheduling and material requirements planning, value of information in supply chains (bullwhip effect). The course ends with an introduction to the main tools required to implement a lean supply chain.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Strategy : The course will allow students to establish a strategy in order to optimize the value chain of a company, an organization or a project. - demonstrating  scientific precision and a critical mind Adaptability : The course will encourage students to be curious and to show a scientific precision of academic level in their studies as well as in their professional life.
Acquire a basic knowledge about strategic, tactical, and operational problems of supply chain management.
Understand the effects of supply chain management decisions on a firm's performance.
Understand the difficulties of supply chain management.
Acquire a basic knowledge about the quantitative methods and techniques of decision aid used in supply chains.
To be able to solve elementary logistical problems using these techniques.
To be able to recognize the situations where these techniques can be used as decision making tools and to interpret correctly the conclusions which can be derived using these techniques.
Understand the limitations of these techniques.
Acquire some skills of an international executive: work within a team, demonstrate a sense of synthesis and communicate in writing

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic notions of mathematics and statistics

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mathematical Models for Supply Chain Network Design
Mathematical Models for Aggregate Planning in Supply Chains
Using Excel Solver to solve linear programming models.
Managing Inventories in Supply Chains
Wood supply game (optional)

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Methodology used:

Lectures (some courses could be delivered online)
Exercise sessions
Simulation game (Wood supply game)
Group projects + Written report

General planning of the course:

First semester

Recommended or required readings

Available documents on the virtual campus Lol@:
Lecture notes Exercises and solutions Case studies
Recommended references :
[1] Simchi-Levi D., Kaminsky P. and E. Simchi-Levi, Designing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies and Case Studies, McGraw-Hill, 2nd edition, Boston, 2003. [2] Chopra S. and P. Meindl, Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning and Operation, Printice Hall, 3rd edition, New Jersey, 2007. [3] Stock, J.R. and D.M. Lambert, 2001. Strategic Logistics Management, fourth edition, McGraw-Hill. [4] Jean-Paul Rodrigue (2020), The Geography of Transport Systems, New York: Routledge, 456 pages. ISBN 978-0-367-36463-2

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Written exam (questions may consist for instance of a multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions; on the whole material seen in the course, thus both on theory and exercises).

Projects and exams are in English, students can respond in English or French.

First session
Group projects (20%)
Written exam (80%)
Second session
Written exam (100%)

Documents allowed: 2-pages (not sheets!) of personal notes. The notes must be handwritten and individual. Failure to comply with these instructions will result in the withdrawal of the document during the exam. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course is in French. Notes, projects and exams are in English.
Students can respond in English or French.


Lecturer Sabine LIMBOURG Building N1, Room 337 sabine.limbourg@uliege.be
Assistant: Elodie Bebronne elodie.bebronne@uliege.be

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