Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Introduction to Supply Chain Management is the first course in the Supply-Chain specialization. Learners examine how, as the world becomes more automated along with an increased use of sophisticated technologies, the traditional supply chain is set to evolve. The digital transformation of the supply chain will have an impact on supply agility as well as on the dimensions of costs, capital and service offerings. The ability to be adaptable, flexible, and integrated with technology are defining concepts for future supply chains. As supply moves forward, digital transformation will impact key supply function including: the physical flow of goods, warehouse automation, and smart logistics planning. Organizations such as Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Alibaba have complex supply chains that incorporate advanced technologies such as AI and robotics. Each of these organizations has revolutionized and re-shaped the approach to both logistics and supply chain management. A supply chain risk management strategy must now include considerations for non-traditional risks such as cyber attacks, biological attacks, and political attacks. In this course learners are provided with an overview of the field of supply chain management including the logistics management functions and the interrelationships among the different organizational functions. Learners examine effective supply chain strategies and logistics functions from a global perspective.

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Course level

Course level


Course duration

Course duration

max. 8 weeks

Estimated time per week

Estimated time per week

10-15 hours

Course prerequisites

Course prerequisites




$ -

Course credits

Course credits


Relevant jobs

Relevant jobs

What will I learn?

Determine the differences between a traditional versus a non-traditional supply chain

Describe the value proposition of agility in the supply chain

Identify the importance of the advanced digital transformation tools affecting the supply chain management function

Develop a digital transformation roadmap for supply chain based on the organization’s value proposition

Analyze 21st century supply chain strategies from a global perspective

Integrate current supply chain tools and techniques to a business scenario

Create a 21st century supply chain strategy that aligns with the organizational strategy

Key Skills

Supply Chain ManagementDigital TransformationLogistics Planning

How will I learn?

Learning Experience

Your course starts on the first of the month. Each course consists of six modules, each module will take you one week to complete and each course is designed to take you eight weeks to complete. Nexford’s learning design team has purposefully created courses to equip you with competencies mapped to the skills employers are looking for. Each course has 5-7 learning outcomes based on the skills employers need. Everything you learn gives you measurable skills you will use to succeed in today’s world of work.

Nexford courses are not live or recorded lectures. Instead, they’re reading, videos, interactive elements, quizzes and relevant case studies. Programs include assessments, peer-to-peer discussions, and a final project to practice what you’ve learned in a real-world context. Program content is available 24/7 during the course, and you have opportunities for collaboration and networking with learners during and after your program. Our global community of learners work at top companies such as Microsoft, Deloitte, and Google.

You'll have 24/7 access to success advisors to support you. Faculty also provide you world-class support. Book appointments with them, get individual feedback, and attend regular optional webinars. Nexford courses are rigorous and they encourage critical thinking - because we care about what you know how to do not what you know you have regular hands-on assessments reflecting the business world.

Course Outline
ModulesAssignment Due Date
1: Supply chain management: developing the supply chain for a competitive advantageDay 10
2: Understanding current technology solutionsDay 17
3: Building lean, adaptive, responsive, demand-driven supply networksDay 24
4: Supply chain planning: linking design, manufacturing, and planning to increased productivitiesDay 31
5: Integrating suppliers into the value chainDay 38
6: Successfully implementing supply chain technologiesDay 45 (optional)
7: Final projectDay 51
How will I be graded?

Across the duration of the course, you will undertake five Formative Assessments and one Final Project.

The summative assessment is your final project and achieving a passing grade on this assessment is required to pass the course. The minimum passing grade at Nexford University is a C or above. (70% or above).

Grading Scale
Grading Weights
A 90%-100%Module Assignments30%
B 80%-89%
C70-79%Final Project Milestones30%
IIncompleteFinal Project40%
What will I get after completing the course?

You'll get real skills you can use at work, straight away. At the end of each course, you'll also get a digital badge that you can put on your LinkedIn profile to showcase your skills.

Once you've taken one course, you can take more. Using stacked credentials, you’re able to take enough courses to make a certificate, and take enough certificates to build a degree.

If you apply for a Nexford certificate or degree, you'll get credit for each course you take.

What support will I receive?

When you have a dedicated team on your side, you'll never be alone studying at Nexford. Hailing from many different countries and with online education expertise, our faculty provides you world-class support. Ask them questions during one-to-one office hours or live chat , email them any time, and get individual feedback on your assessments.

Whilst you’re learning, you’ll also have full access to the free Nexford online library, which includes access to millions of full-text articles, industry reports and key sources such as the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and The Economist.

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