Successful supply chain management requires a team approach. Similarly, the business environment itself involves chains of operations with multiple people across borders. It’s therefore essential to train future professionals with these perspectives in mind.
With a typical cohort of students on each course representing more than 20 different nationalities, students can explore different perspectives and assimilate social models. This increases multicultural awareness greatly enhances negotiation skills, as well as promotes and develops a truly international profile. Students learn to reconcile cultural differences while taking into account real-life working conditions. This cultural melting pot is beneficial to every student.
During these one-week seminars, participants carry out a consultant task in partnership with international leaders: such as LVMH, Amazon, Renault, Kuehnel + Nagel or Airbus. This provides the chance to improve decision-making skills within a multicultural environment.
This encourages Global Supply Chain Management students to apply the different tools and methods of supply chain management in a variety of scenarios.
Supply chain management consulting opportunities are available on an alternating basis throughout the school year. Offered in collaboration with the Supply Chain Center of Excellence and the companies themselves, these international internships have the potential to transform every student into a company’s best asset. Learning to apply the latest supply chain methodologies helps students visualize all the ins and outs and develop a holistic approach to supply chain management.
The goal is to enable students to enhance their expertise on an innovative topic within the supply chain. This gives them the opportunity to improve their ability to manage, make decisions and provide innovative and pragmatic solutions to supply chain management.
At the end of this experiment, students present and justify their recommendations to a jury of active professionals from the industry.
- Apply new supply chain methodologies in a complex and multiculturalenvironment
- Students present and justify their proposals in front of a professional panel
- International internship
The ISLI forum was created in 1990 to let professionals, researchers and students more easily share the latest developments in supply chain management across industries. In 2018, more than 500 leaders in the supply chain came to share their experience at the ISLI forum.
Providing the opportunity for factual, innovative knowledge sharing about the industry’s future, these forums help in the development and environmental change of supply chains. It’s an open window into the future of a constantly evolving sector.
Management skills in tune with business reality
The global logistic chain is a vehicle for creating value. But the value created is no longer limited to a single connection. It extends to the entire chain, from supplier to end customer, and is a key factor of competitiveness in the current global economic environment. That's why KEDGE students learn how to manage the supply chain from production to distribution to transportation.
Global supply chain management unifies a company, its partners and working environment in a single path. It combines all interdepartmental services with the supply chain management objectives of optimising workflows and creating customer services that can meet specific needs on a global scale.
The Master of Science (MSc) Global Supply Chain Management course follows a new approach to supply chain management. It extends value creation to all players in the global chain, from supplier to end customer, to ensure a competitive advantage. There are many factors influencing the way a company’s personnel is organised in a global supply chain, including suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, customers, and society as a whole. These factors include new emerging niche markets, shorter product life cycles, new and specific consumer expectations, sustainable development requirements, big data, drone technology, etc. By implementing an innovative strategy, focused on maximising the bottom line rather than on local interests, supply chain management can help improve performance. And to be as effective as possible, supply chain management must be based on the principles of knowledge sharing, transparency and mutual trust.
In taking a bird’s eye view of a business operations, supply chain managers can lead an international business in defining its strategy. An increased focus on flexibility makes it easier to respond to customer demands – something that is now an integral part of the overall thinking process around supply chain management strategy.