General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Jesus Ezequiel Martínez Marín

Trimester: Third term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

José Manuel Vallellano García

Teaching languages

  • Spanish

Some of the teaching resources can be in Catalan, Spanish or English.


Specific skills
  • Show knowledge and skills for the coordination of the departments of purchasing, supply, production and distribution of a product to any company, analyzing different types of techniques

  • Operationalize the storage of goods, through computer applications of logistics management

  • Show knowledge of the organization of maritime, land, air and multimodal transport, customs management and international trade in order to manage and / or contract transport

  • Show knowledge of the ship and its recruitment for use as a means of transport for both goods and people, in an environment of sustainability and respect for the environment


The course aims to study the elements of the supply chain and their importance through the analysis of decision-making, limitations, risks and future trends.


"The classroom (physical or virtual) is a safe space, free of sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic and discriminatory attitudes, either towards the students or towards the teachers. We trust that together we can create a space safe where we can make mistakes and learn without having to suffer prejudice from others"

Learning outcomes

Provide the fundamentals that will help you understand the basic principles of the supply chain and its importance in business in a global environment.

Identify the strategic guidelines that guide decision-making within the supply chain and the impact on its development.

Recognize the limitations, opportunities and critical aspects through different case studies, as well as the characteristics of sustainable "best practices".

Learn about risk management and current trends in the supply chain.

Working methodology

 Until the face-to-face academic activity is reopened, classes will be replaced by online sessions and explanations in the virtual classroom.

- Theoretical sessions:

From master classes based on the teacher's explanation, presentations in multimedia format that support the teacher's presentation and support for other electronic resources (in video or audio format).

- Guided learning:

Carrying out Workshops (groups) in debate format with the aim of analyzing and discussing together in class a specific situation of the syllabus previously studied in class. In these sessions, the student will prepare the material available through electronic format (video), newspaper news and case study with the

in order to generate discussion in class and with the rest of the class from the available material. The teacher will propose a guideline of analysis based on the concepts studied in class.

The aim of the activity is to learn to communicate, work in a team and that the student is able to analyze problems with a rigorous criterion.

- Autonomous learning:

Carrying out Workshops (Individual) referring to the topic studied in the classroom. Once a topic of the subject has been completed, Workshops will be held with the aim

to deepen and resolve doubts. The aim of this activity is for the student to prepare the subject through different tasks (solving questions

theories and problems, case study analysis, critical reading of articles, etc.).

The purpose of this activity is for the student to develop skills to search for and analyze information, as well as autonomy to select appropriate resources.

and take haste of decisions.


Topic 1: What is the supply chain
Topic 2: Supply Chain Performance: How to Achieve Strategic Adjustment and Scope
Topic 3: Supply chain controllers and metrics
Topic 4: Demand forecasting in a supply chain
Topic 5: Aggregate planning in a supply chain
Topic 6: Sales and operations planning: supply and demand planning in a supply chain
Topic 7: Coordination in a supply chain
Item 8: Management of economies of scale in a supply chain: cycle inventory
Topic 9: Managing economies of scale in a supply chain: security inventory
Topic 10: Determining the optimal level of product availability

Learning activities

Different activities will be carried out throughout the course:

- Master classes where the content of the syllabus will be exposed through presentations by the teacher.

- Workshops through group discussions where students analyzing situations together.

- Individual workshops on the topic studied in the classroom.

Evaluation system

By virtue of the state of alarm and in accordance with the guidelines of Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), according to RD 463/2020, and aware of the impact on "educational and / or training activities", we modify the evaluation adapting to the new scenarios:

- Test and problems (40%)

At the end of each topic, there will be a test-type exam and / or problems

- Final exam (60%)

The final exam is mandatory and will be assessed by reasoning questions. The minimum mark to pass the exam is 5 points so that it averages with the continuous assessment.

For the evaluation of the subject will take into account the activities realized during the course (40%) and the result obtained in the final examination (60%), as long as this last one has a minimum note of 5 points in the final exam.


Students who have failed the subject have the right to retake the final exam. It will not be possible to recover the activities carried out during the course.



Supply chain management, 5th ed. Strategy, planning and operation. By Sunil Chopra, Peter Meindl. ISBN: 9786073221337


Mangan, J, Lalwani, C and Butcher T., Javadpour, R., 2012, “Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 2nd Ed., Wiley.

Nakano, Mikihisa, 2020, "Supply chain management. Strategy and Organization". Ed. Springer, ISBN 978-981-13-8478-3

Richard B. Chase, F. Robert Jacobs, 2013, "Operations Management: Production and Supply Chain" 13th ed. McGraw Hill.