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Global Supply Chain Management

Course Code: BUSN 3410
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will provide the analytical framework for assessing the nature and challenges of operating global supply chains. It focuses on the primary activities of global supply chains, distribution and inventory management, and the supporting activities of document management and procurement. It examines how to obtain and manage resources to deal with international suppliers and transportation intermediaries, and how to maintain optimum efficiency in the production, inventory control, and delivery of goods in the international marketplace. Considerations for global e-commerce in managing procurement and sourcing of goods, determining storage locations, and clearing foreign customs will be examined. The course will equip students with the tools necessary to develop strategic plans that incorporate the key elements of successful global supply chain operation.

Course Content

1. Introduction to Global Supply Chain Management

• Supply Chain Management Processes and Challenges

• Optimizing Customer Value

• Using Information Technology (IT)

2. Planning the Global Supply Chain

• Supply Chain Plan Essentials

• Supply Chain Strategy Development

• Implementation of the Strategy

3. Managing Procurement and Sourcing

• Global Sourcing

• Adapting and Improving the Sourcing Process

• Forming Partnerships and Alliances

• Outsourcing Company Activities

• Negotiating with Suppliers

• Compliance with International Law

• Working with Customs Brokers

• Managing documents for international trade transactions

• Becoming a Supplier

4. Incoterms

• Incoterms: Descriptions and Purposes

• Choosing the Right Incoterm

• Other Sales Terms

• Documentary Credit

5. Production Management

• Planning Production Activities

• Managing Manufacturing Performance
• Meeting Standards and Regulations

• Release Procedures

6. Inventory Management

• The Basics of Inventory Management

• Maintaining Optimum Inventory Levels

• Planning Inventory Storage Locations

• Centralized and Decentralized Warehousing

7. Managing Delivery of Goods and Services

• Processing Orders

• Planning Transportation

• Limiting Export Responsibilities

• Using Foreign Cargo Facilities

• Clearing Foreign Customs

• Working with Transportation Intermediaries

• Receiving Payment After Delivery

• Delivery of Services

8. Managing Intermediaries

• Freight Forwarders

• Transport Specialists

• Trading Houses

• Third-Party Logistics Companies

• Customs Brokers

• Financial Institutions

• Cargo Insurance Underwriters

9. Managing Returns

• The Reverse Supply Chain (Reverse logistics)

• Managing the Returns Process

• Outsourcing the Returns Process

• The circular economy

10.  Managing IT

• Supply Chain Information Systems

• The Internet and E-Commerce

• Implementing e-Commerce Technology

11. Trade Documentation

• International Trade Documents

• Commercial Documents

• Transport Documents, Certificates and Official Documents

 12. Supply Chain Security and Risk Management

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, discussions, case study analysis, and guest lectures on industry-specific subjects.

Means of Assessment

Assignment(s)/Case Study(ies)/Quiz(zes)                      10 - 35%

Global Strategic Plan                                                    10 - 35%

Examinations                                                               30 - 60%*

Participation                                                                 0 - 10%


* no one examination may be worth more than 40%

50% of non-exam assessments must be for individual work
Note: students must achieve a grade of at least 50% on the combined exam components to pass the course.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student will be able to:

  • prepare and manage all necessary documentation for exporting and importing goods and services;
  • procure goods and services and outsource production in international markets in an effective, efficient and compliant manner;
  • determine requirements and make arrangements for efficient and effective transportation of goods in a timely manner, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements;
  • ensure preparation of goods for transportation in a manner that minimizes risk, maintains condition of the goods and complies with regulations;
  • implement inventory management strategies that address the use of international suppliers and the needs of international buyers and customers;
  • provide products and services to global buyers to meet the needs of clients’ project and comply with local legal requirements and cultural customs; and
  • use the tools necessary to develop strategic plans that incorporate the key elements of successful global supply chain operation.

course prerequisites

BUSN 1210 OR currently active in the:
PDD International Business Management or
PDD Supply Chain Management or
PBD International Supply Chain Management.





curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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