2023-2024 / LOGI0018-1

Process Optimization & Supply Chain Value Management


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in management (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Didier Van Caillie

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course puts into practice the main models and techniques used to optimise the overall performance of an organisation, both at the internal organisational level and at the strategic level, whatever that organisation may be, and to associate with it a system for optimising its logistics processes, enabling it to be managed in the short, medium and long term with a view to the continuous creation of sustainable value for its stakeholders.
It focuses, on the one hand, on the modelling of an organisation's internal and strategic operations and, on the other hand, on the modelling of its logistics processes and the implementation of a high-performance control system able to optimise these processes and adapted to the organisation's configuration.
It comprises 4 successive and complementary themes:

The first is dedicated to modelling the business model and the operations of an organisation and its supply chain.

The second is dedicated to the principles of supply chain optimisation in an industrial context.

The third is dedicated to the principles of supply chain optimisation in an international context.

Finally, the fourth is dedicated to the principles of sustainable supply chain optimisation.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The Intended Learning Outcomes addressed by the course are :

  • Strengthening knowledge and understanding of basic management disciplines in order to use them to perform a rigorous analysis of a management situation and provide pertinent solutions, including the appraisal of information flows.
  • Gaining the knowledge and understanding of the following fields: management control systems, business information systems and risk managementapplied to logistical processes and being able to mobilize them in order to solve concrete management problems or cases.
  • Capacity to research autonomously and methodically the information needed to solve a complex, transversal management problem linked to information flows and their impact on performance, to perform a rigorous analysis of it and to suggest pertinent solutions
  • Understanding and being capable of using modelization methods in the fields of business information modelling, performance management and risk management when seeking a solution for a concrete management problem
  • Providing concrete solutions to a management problem, integrating a dimension of technology & innovation
  • Being capable of professional team work
  • Developing leadership through the group work
  • Developing a critical sense (arguing)
  • Developing a transversal, global vision
  • Creative conception of solutions
  • Professional capacity for oral and written communication
  • Faced with a management problem, suggesting solutions that are ethical and socially responsible and that respect the principles of good governance

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Prerequisite (basics and principles) :

  • Management Accounting
  • Management Control
The course is taught in English, including the presentations made by the students.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The students, divided into groups of 4, will use chapters from books and scientific articles to present the concepts and tools that enable the implementation of the 4 topics mentioned above.

They will also model the logistics processes of a real organisation of their choice and, after an analysis based on the various concepts and tools seen in the course, propose 3 ways to improve the sustainable performance of this supply chain.

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

Blended learning

Additional information:

The course is organized as 10 3-hour class sessions, organized in the form of student presentations followed by a discussion.

The practical arrangements for each session are adapted to the Covid context of the moment.



Recommended or required readings

See the Lola Campus of HEC School of Management.

Exam(s) in session

May-June exam session

- In-person

oral exam

August-September exam session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

- Presentation of topic 1: 15 %

- Presentation of topic 2: 15 %

- Presentation of theme 3: 15 %

- Presentation of topic 4: 15 %

- Report (max. 12 pages) and presentation of the analysis carried out within an organisation: 20 %

- Individual oral examination in the form of a pitch: 20 %

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

All necessary supports are available on the Lola platform


Professor : Didier Van Caillie, d.vancaillie@uliege.be

Assistant : Louise Colling, louise.colling@uliege.be


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