Supply Chain Management
Instructor: Dr. Gregory Stock
Office: Barsema 328L
Office Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 AM-12:00 PM; 12:45-2:00 PM; 3:15-4:00 PM
And by appointment
Text: Supply Chain Management (3nd Edition), Chopra and Meindl, Prentice-Hall, 2006
OMIS 340 Course Pack – contains readings and cases
A comprehensive study of the concepts, processes, and strategies used in the development and
management of global supply chains. Supply-chain management (SCM) is a systems approach to
managing the entire flow of information, materials, and services from raw material suppliers through
factories and warehouses to the final end-customer. Specific topics include global supply chain
management, procurement, electronic commerce, information technologies, and logistics activities. SCM
represents a philosophy of doing business that stresses processes and integration. This course will be
taught through the use of textbook materials, outside readings, and case analysis.
• Understand how to use the general concepts of process mapping and analysis
• Understand the general concepts of supply chain management.
• Understand the processes involved in supply chain management.
• Understand how to develop and manage efficient and effective global supply chains.
• Understand how technology and information systems work as enablers to provide leverage in
gaining and maintaining competitive advantage in the marketplace.
• To develop quantitative and qualitative problem solving skills using Excel and other information
Process Analysis Assignment
There will be an individual process analysis assignment in the first month of the semester. Analysis and
understanding of operational processes will enhance your grasp of supply chain management. Process
analysis is also important in the effective specification, evaluation, and application of information
systems. A hard copy of this assignment must be submitted at the beginning of the class on which it
is due. Also, an electronic copy of this assignment must be submitted to the Digital Drop Box in
Blackboard no later than 15 minutes before the start of the class on which it is due. A late
assignment will not be accepted and will receive a grade of zero.
There are three homework assignments during the semester. They will be completed in teams of
approximately two or three students. You will be randomly assigned to a homework team at least two
weeks before the first homework assignment is due, and this team will stay the same for all homework
assignments. The assignments will be posted on Blackboard under Course Documents. The due date
for each homework assignment is listed in the course schedule found at the end of this syllabus. A
printed copy of the homework assignment must be turned in at the beginning of class on which it is
due. Also, an electronic copy of the homework assignment must be submitted to the Digital Drop Box
no later than 15 minutes before the start of the class on which it is due. Late homework assignments
will not be accepted and will receive a grade of zero.
There will be a midterm exam and a final exam during the semester. Exams may include a mix of
multiple choice, short answer, essay, and quantitative questions, as well as short cases.
There will be four or five unannounced quizzes during the semester. These quizzes will consist of
multiple choice or true-false questions based on the assigned reading for the class. Quizzes will be given
at the beginning of class. If you are late or absent and miss a quiz, you will receive a score of zero.
There will be no makeup quizzes.
To tie together the concepts covered during the course, four cases will be assigned. For each case a team
of approximately five students will present its analysis of the case to the class. These teams will be
assigned randomly several weeks prior to the first case presentation. This presentation will be
approximately 30 minutes, followed by a discussion of the case with the class. Your team will also be
expected to respond to questions from the class and from the instructor. Students who are not part of the
presenting team are also expected to read and analyze the case as well, and they should be prepared to
discuss the case and ask intelligent questions of the presenting team. Each team will prepare a two-page
written analysis of each case, except for the case they are presenting. Specific guidelines for preparing
the written case analyses will be provided in a document on Blackboard. The material from case
presentations will be covered on the final exam.
Case Presentation Evaluation
To ensure that you gain the greatest benefit from the cases, each team will also evaluate the presentation
of one of the cases by another team. More details of the requirements for the evaluation will be provided
in a document posted in Blackboard. Your team will be graded on the quality of your evaluation.
Class participation will be based on the value you add to the class through your questions, statements,
and comments. It is the quality of these contributions that is more important than the quantity.
Attendance is mandatory and will be checked for each class session. The OMIS attendance policy (http://
www.cob.niu.edu/omis/bs_attendance.html) will be in effect. In addition, an unexcused class absence
will adversely affect your class participation grade.
The grade will be based on a mix of cases, exams, quizzes, and class participation. There will be both
group and individual assignments. A peer evaluation will be used to adjust scores of group assignments
to reflect the individual contribution of each team member if necessary.
Midterm Exam (individual) 100 points
Final Exam (individual) 100 points
Process analysis assignment (individual) 20 points
Homework assignments (3@10 points each) (group ) 30 points
Case presentation (group) 50 points
Case presentation evaluation (group) 10 points
Case analyses (3@10 points each) (group) 30 points
Quizzes (4 or 5 total) (individual) 20 points
Class participation (individual) 20 points
Total 380 points
Final course grades will be based on the total number of points earned during the semester:
Point total Grade
342-380 (90-100% of total possible points) A
304-341 (80-89.9% of total possible points) B
266-303 (70-79.9% of total possible points) C
228-265 (60-69.9% of total possible points) D
< 228 (<60% of total possible points) F
Academic misconduct or cheating will not be tolerated. The following definition of academic
misconduct has been developed by Northern Illinois University:
Academic misconduct is defined as receipt or transmission of unauthorized aid on assignments or
examinations, plagiarism, unauthorized use of examination materials, or other forms of dishonesty in
academic matters. Academic misconduct is a major offense at Northern Illinois University because it
diminishes the quality of scholarship in our academic community and cheats those who may eventually
depend upon our knowledge and integrity.
If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact me as
soon as possible.
Detailed Course Schedule
Date Topic Reading Assignment Due
8/29 Course Introduction
Process Analysis “Process Fundamentals”
8/31 Process Analysis “Process Fundamentals”
9/5 Process Analysis “Process Fundamentals”
9/7 Process Analysis “Process Fundamentals”
9/12 Process Analysis “Process Fundamentals”
9/14 Understanding the Supply Chain Chapter 1
9/19 Supply Chain Performance Chapter 2 Process Analysis Assignment due
9/21 Supply Chain Drivers and Metrics Chapter 3
9/26 Designing Distribution Networks Chapter 4
9/28 Network Design in the Supply Chain Chapter 5
10/3 Network Design in the Supply Chain Chapter 5
10/5 Transportation in the Supply Chain Chapter 13
10/10 Transportation in the Supply Chain Chapter 13
10/12 Demand Forecasting in the Supply Chain Chapter 7 Homework due: Network Design/Transportation
10/17 Demand Forecasting in the Supply Chain Chapter 7
10/19 Midterm Exam Chapters 1-5, 13
10/24 Cycle Inventory Chapter 10
10/26 Cycle Inventory Chapter 10 Homework due: Forecasting
10/31 Safety Inventory Chapter 11
11/2 Safety Inventory Chapter 11
11/7 Sourcing Decisions in the Supply Chain Chapter 14
11/9 Information Technology in the Supply Chain Chapter 16 Homework due: Inventory
11/14 Coordination in the Supply Chain Chapter 17
11/16 Case presentation Exel plc case presentation (Team 1)
Exel plc written case analysis due
11/21 No Class – DSI
11/23 No Class – Thanksgiving
11/28 Case presentation Levi Strauss & Co.: Global Sourcing (A) presentation
Exel plc case presentation evaluation due (Team 3)
Levi Strauss written case analysis due
11/30 Case presentation Zara: IT for Fast Fashion presentation (Team 3)
Levi Strauss case presentation evaluation due (Team 4)
Zara case written case analysis due
12/5 Case presentation Barilla SpA (A) presentation (Team 4)
Zara case presentation evaluation due (Team 1)
Barilla written case analysis due
12/7 Review and evaluations Barilla case presentation evaluation due (Team 2)
12/14 Final Exam: 10:00 AM – 11:50 AM Chapters 10-11, 15-17,