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Gain a competitive edge in supply chain management


Written by
Lindsay Alexander

We’ve asked module authors from the University of London’s new MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics degree how the programme will benefit future industry leaders.

Person using a tablet for supply chain management.

Earlier this month, University of London launched a dynamic master’s degree that was developed with City's Business School, one of the UK’s leading global business schools. The programme examines the fundamental concepts behind managing successful global supply chains and explores new technology and innovations that are rapidly raising industry standards.

Many established organisations are crediting their commercial growth to well-managed supply chains. The demand for professionals with the skills and knowledge of supply chain management is increasing across various industries, including manufacturing, retail and technology. This degree is designed to help develop expert skills, giving managers a competitive edge to progress their careers.

Our programme is unique in terms of scope, quality and content delivery. We combine excellent academic expertise and practical relevance with an innovative delivery of the content.

With academic direction by City's Business School, students can be confident that the course content is industry relevant and demonstrates a high standard quality of education.

“We are committed to the combination of cutting-edge knowledge with a strong focus on practice and relevance for business purposes. Being a top international business school with a strong presence in the supply chain disciplines, City's Business School can provide a superior edge to those who want to understand and apply the most effective tools and frameworks,” says Dr Paolo Aversa, author of the Strategy for Delivering Value module.

Strategy for Delivering Value explores tools that can help managers and executives achieve superior results for their organisation. Strategy management is essential for the delivery, governance and operation of successful supply chains, which can shape the future of ever-changing business environments. Having the knowledge to develop an efficient and informed strategy can lead an organisation to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage.

"Given the centrality of this topic for future leaders, this course ambitiously aims at developing professionals who not only master the core topics, tools and perspectives of strategic management, but are also able to adapt their application to the different competitive contingencies on a global scale," says Dr Aversa.

The concept of supply chain management has gained tremendous momentum over the past decade and is viewed as imperative in the operation of complex global supply networks. Understanding the financial flow of a supply chain and having the ability to mitigate potential risks that could jeopardise effective business operations are key skills that students will learn on the Supply Chain Finance and Risk Management module.

“It is fascinating how different business disciplines merge under the umbrella of supply chain finance,” says module author, Dr Florian Lucker. “The supply chain finance domain is very dynamic with new fin-techs challenging the conventional approach to supply chain finance. Students of this module will gain first-hand knowledge and develop skills that prepare them for careers in professional service firms or corporate supply chain roles.”

While the programme offers modules that provide comprehensive technical and practical knowledge of global supply chains, other modules explore theoretical concepts that directly affect supply chains, such as Business-to-Business (B2B) marketing.

Almost every product or service involves a number of B2B transactions before it reaches the final customer. B2B marketing involves a wide range of marketing activities such as identification of business customer needs, determining pricing for products and services that will balance customer demand and company profitability, and promoting products and services in a creative way to business customers.

The Business-to-Business Marketing module provides students with a number of advance concepts, frameworks and practices in business marketing.

"Given the scale and importance of B2B marketing, an understanding of the dynamics of B2B marketing is of great value for students,” says Dr Oguz Acar, the module author. “Any student who works in a company that operates in or does business with B2B companies would benefit from this module.”

The MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics provides students with the skills needed to deal with sophisticated and complex tasks in a rapidly changing corporate environment. Businesses are driven by fierce international competition, growing customer demand and increased time pressures. Having the ability to identify and resolve these issues can give professionals an opportunity to advance in their workplace. The programme is offered fully online, so you can study anywhere at any time without disrupting your career momentum.

Find out more about the MSc in Supply Chain Management and Global Logistics.