A word from the programme director
Andreas Norrman, professor in supply chain structure and organisation
“Our programme has a cross-functional focus, where we aim to really give the students an education in the broad spectra of logistics and supply chain management, ranging from production planning and purchasing to warehouse, packaging and distribution – how do these units interlink and how are they affected by decisions made in other parts of the value chain? It gives both strategic and interorganisational perspectives and operational skills. Our students gain an understanding of how it is all connected in the first year, where we focus on core knowledge. In the second year, when the elective courses start, the students can specialise in one area if they want to. We work with both practical and theoretical coursework and we have a strong emphasis on making our courses interesting and hands-on.”
Examples of courses
One of the courses that we offer is Industrial Purchasing, where the students work with major companies such as Tetra Pak, Sony, Gambro, Skanska or NCC, just to name a few. The students map and analyse the companies’ purchasing processes, strategies and organisation and then write a report pointing out gaps and similarities between theory and practice.
In year 2, one of the elective courses is called Humanitarian Logistics, which is a very unique course focusing on the special logistical needs that occur in humanitarian aid and disaster situations. The lecturers on this course have experience working for the UN and the Red Cross, and students who choose this course are likely to have a great advantage in their future careers within this field. Other unique elective courses are in the field of Packaging Logistics.
In the course Supply Chain Management, students work interactively with a cross-functional business case study through a computer ‘game’ simulation called “Fresh Connection”. The students learn to bridge theory and practical application and the goal is to increase profitability by making strategic and tactical decisions.
“Although the case study is simulated, the challenge is very real and the winning team receives a real award, just to make it more competitive and more fun! It really is a great way of learning”, says Professor Andreas Norrman and continues;
“It is important to us to have students from all over the world to create a global classroom. Not only for the dynamics of the group setting, but also to learn from each other in our increasingly globalised world, not least when it comes to negotiating skills, cultural differences and international perspectives in our field. Regardless of whether you are interested in working within the industry, or continuing on with doctoral studies, you will be well prepared and make many new connections during your studies on this programme.”
*Courses are subject to change, please see the curriculum at kurser.lth.se for updated information.