General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Jesus Ezequiel Martínez Marín


Credits: 3

Teaching staff: José Miguel Aliaga Hernández


Business Logistics and Supply Chain Management. 


This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills that are specified in this teaching plan will be ensured.

The TecnoCampus will make available to teachers and students the digital tools needed to carry out the course, as well as guides and recommendations that facilitate adaptation to the non-contact mode.

Learning outcomes

Develop an understanding of the key drivers of business logistics and supply chain management performance and its interrelationships with the company’s strategy and various functional areas, such as purchasing, sales, production and finance.

Develop analytical and problem-solving skills needed to create solutions to a variety of business logistics management and design and supply chain management problems.

Develop an understanding for the use of information technology in business logistics optimization and supply chain management.

Identify and understand the complexity of inter-business and intra-business coordination in the implementation of programs such as e-collaboration, rapid response, jointly managed inventories, and strategic alliances.

Working methodology

Lectures (face-to-face in the classroom): 6 face-to-face sessions where the teacher will present the concepts, theoretical foundations and basic examples. Class participation will be encouraged.

Seminars (face-to-face in the classroom): 2 seminars where students organized in groups will discuss one or more Business Houses, guided by the teacher. Participation in the seminars is mandatory. Each seminar will be dedicated to the discussion of two business cases (which students will have a week before and must be resolved at the seminar) where through the teacher / student interaction will reinforce the benefits of the concepts, theories and tools explained in the subject but the limits and negative consequences will also be highlighted if used uncritically.
Business Cases (directed outside the classroom): 4 Business Cases to be solved in groups and discussed in seminars with the aim of applying the concepts and theoretical foundations presented in the face-to-face classes to a real problem in the field of business logistics and supply chain management. Each of the 4 Business Houses has a value of 10% of the final grade of the subject.


Exercises (directed outside the classroom): 2 exercises (or set of exercises) to be solved in groups with the aim of learning and understanding the practical concepts presented in the master classes. Each of the exercises (or set of exercises) has a value of 5% of the final mark of the subject.
Review of concepts -Quizzes- (autonomous outside the classroom): 4 tests of multiple choice will have to be answered individually and in line with the aim to evaluate the learning of the main concepts of the asignatura. Each of the Quizzes has a value of 1% of the final grade of the subject.
Final Project of the Subject (directed outside the classroom): At the beginning of the subject each student individually will receive a research assignment on a topic proposed by the teacher, the last school day of the subject each student will deliver a document (maximum length of 12 pages) with the results of your research. The value of the Final Project of the Subject is 40% of the final mark of the subject.


Topic 1. Introduction to Business Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

The introduction to the subject begins with the identification and explanation of definitions and concepts that are relevant to understanding business logistics and supply chain management (GCS). A brief historical evolution of business logistics and GCS is made from a business management perspective. The theoretical foundations of business logistics and GCS are presented. And it explains the main decisions that are taken in the field of business logistics and GCS, as well as their impact in terms of time, cost and quality of service. It concludes with an exposition on how business logistics and GCS contribute to the strategic positioning of companies today.


Topic 2. Design and analysis of Business Logistics and Supply Chain Management in different sectors, companies and competitive contexts.
The contents of this topic describe and deepen the link between business logistics and supply chain management with the customer / market. Based on the market analysis and the definition of the level of service to be offered to customers, the design of business logistics and supply chain management begins. The next steps are to identify the key components that make up the design of business logistics and supply chain management. The determination of the criteria to be taken into account in this design. And finally, the performance of different validation tests of such a design.
Once the design has been defined, we move on to analyze how the variability of demand affects the dynamics of information and material flows, with special emphasis on the well-known bullwhip Effect.
Finally, we address the study of examples of business logistics and supply chain management in different sectors, companies and competitive contexts using the concepts of strategic / competitive positioning of the company, production process, operations strategy, cycle of product life, logistics strategy, sales forecast point, order penetration point, maximum commonality point, decoupling point, strategic inventory point in the supply chain, product "customization" point (productive postponement and logistics), bottlenecks in the supply chain and Core Business point.


Topic 3. Business Logistics Strategies: Integration, coordination and collaboration in Supply Chain Management.
We will know the processes of integration, coordination and collaboration between the actors of the supply chain through the study of the business logistics strategies that the World Class Enterprises are implementing in their processes of supply, production and distribution. both domestically and internationally. Among others, the following logistics strategies will be studied: Efficient Consumer Response, Efficient Assortment, Quick Response, Efficient Replenishment, Continuous Replenishment, Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment, Just in Time, Purchase Order, Vendor Managed Inventory, Supplier Managed Inventory .

Topic 4. Outsourcing of logistics services.
We will begin with a taxonomy of the multiple logistics service providers -Third Party Logistics, Lead Logistics Provider and Fourth Party Logistics- in order to describe their role and the role they play in sourcing, production and distribution operations both domestically and internationally. . To then understand the reasons why companies outsource logistics services (pros and cons), discover the optimal levels of subcontracting and analyze in detail the processes of selection, evaluation, contractual formalization, implementation and monitoring and control of logistics operators.

Learning activities

  • Lectures (face-to-face in the classroom): 6 face-to-face sessions where the teacher will present the concepts, theoretical foundations and basic examples. Class participation will be encouraged.
  • Seminars (face-to-face in the classroom):


  • Business Houses (run outside the classroom)


  • Exercises (directed outside the classroom).


  • Concept review -Quizzes- (autonomous outside the classroom)


  • Final Subject Work (directed outside the classroom)

Evaluation system

The qualification of the subject will be based on several activities of continuous evaluation (group and individual) and in a Final Work of Subject that will evaluate the degree of achievement of the competitions worked during the subject.


The evaluation of the subject requires a minimum overall grade of 5 in the continuous evaluation of the subject (Class Participation, Quizzes, Exercises and Business Cases). If the requirements established above are not exceeded, the subject will be suspended. The grade assigned will be the minimum obtained in the evaluated sections.


Additionally, the realization of the Final Work of Subject is necessary condition to be able to surpass the subject. A minimum grade of 5 is required. If the grade of the Final Subject Work is lower than 5, the grade of the subject will coincide with the grade obtained in the Final Subject Work. In case of not delivering in date the Final Work of Subject, the student will obtain the qualification of "Not presented".



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Coyle, J., Bardi, E., Langley, C. (1988). The management of business logistics. Saint Paul, West Publishing Co.

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Joan G., J., De Ochoa, A. (2006). The Handbook of Logistics Contracts. Palgrave Macmillan.

Sheffi, Y. (2012). Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth. Boston, MIT Press. 

Tremosa B., R. (2010). Catalonia, an emerging economy. The most cost-effective ports in the Mediterranean Sea. Sussex Academic Press.

De Olivera C., Catarina, Ribeiro, Giovanna G. (2018). Introduction to business logistics. 1st. ed. São Paulo, Editora Senac.


Set of exercises. 


Christopher, M., Peck, H. (2003). Marketing Logistics. Oxford, Butterworth-Heinemann.

Gattorna, J. (1998). Strategic Supply Chain Alignment: Best practice in supply chain management. Gower, Gower Publishing.

Gourdin, K. (2001). Global Logistics Management: A competitive advantage for the new millennium. Oxford, Blackwell. 

Srinivasan, MM (2004). Streamlined, 14 Principles for building & Managing The Lean Supply Chain. 1st. ed. South-Western Educational Publisher.

PowerPoint presentations for each face-to-face session. 

Business cases. 

Tundidor D., A., Hernández R., Eva M., Peña A., Cristina, Martínez G., J., Campos L., J., Hernández B., LC (2018). Supply chain 4.0. 1st. ed. ICG Marge, SL.