Supply Chain (2017/2018)

Course code
Barbara Gaudenzi
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
UL1 5 2° periodo di lezioni - 1° anno (2B) Barbara Gaudenzi

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UL2 4 2° periodo di lezioni - 1° anno (2B) Gianluigi Lucietto

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Learning outcomes

The goal of this course is to provide the main knowledge about logistics and supply chain management in emergency and humanitarian situations. The course will describe the processes, activities, actions and challenges that should be coordinated in order to manage effectively and efficiently an emergency supply chain. In doing this, he types and sources of emergencies will be analyzed, and the kind of public and private organizations involved will be defined.

The couse will also provide students with practical methodologies and techniques that can be adopted in order to assess and mitigate risks and vulnerabilities related to emergency supply chain, from both a risk management and a business continuity perspective.


- Supply chain management: activities, processes and managerial approaches - ‘lean’ e ‘agile’ supply chain management with regard to emergency and humanitarian aid - The forms of cooperations with third logistics parties and how to implement outsourcing strategies - Risk and security management in emergency: international standard, best practices and practical cases - Operational, strategic and financial supply chain risk management - Crisis management, disaster recovery and business continuity management - Analysis of the trade-off between costs and services in emergency logistics - How to create and measure a dashboard of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for emergency supply chain - Global, international and regional logistics: challenges and risks from an emergency perspective. Lessons: theoretical lessons, working groups, business cases. Book: Christopher M., Tatham P., 2011, Humanitarian Logistics Meeting the challenge of preparing for and responding to disasters, Kogan Page Suggested papers: -Alan Carroll and Jens Neu, (2009), "Volatility, unpredictability and asymmetry", Management Research News, Vol. 32 N. 11 pp. 1024 - 1037
 -Gyöngyi Kovács and Karen M. Spens, (2011),"Trends and developments in humanitarian logistics – a gap analysis", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 41 N. 1 pp. 32 - 45 -Richard Oloruntoba, Richard Gray, (2006) "Humanitarian aid: an agile supply chain?", Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 11 N. 2, pp.115 – 120 -Cozzolino Alessandra (2014), Agilità nella logistica delle emergenze. Le imprese apprendono dalle organizzazioni umanitarie, Sinergie, Numero 95 -Martin Christopher, Denis Towill, (2001) "An integrated model for the design of agile supply chains", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 31 N. 4, pp.235 – 246 -Uta Jüttner, Helen Peck & Martin Christopher (2003) “Supply chain risk management: outlining an agenda for future research”, International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications; Vol. 6 N. 4

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is a written exam composed by 4 open questions.

Reference books
Activity Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
UL1 Martin Christopher and Peter Tatham Humanitarian Logistics Meeting the challenge of preparing for and responding to disasters Kogan Page 2011 978 0 7494 6246 8