Course detail

International Supply Chain Management

FP-IBiscPAcad. year: 2021/2022

Students will gain knowledge of procedures that are implemented in an international environment in relation to logistics activities in the context of the Supply Chain Management concept. They will gain knowledge of the terminology used in Supply Chain Management and its connection to the environment of international trade.
The main goal of the course is to acquaint students with the concept of Supply Chain Management and its importance in the current business environment, both in the domestic environment and in the international environment.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

After passing the course students could orient on the area of corporate environment and topic of logistics flow management, which is engaged in the Supply Chain Management.


Students have to know general description of corporate environment and all connected topics (e.g. finance, logistics, business, management and marketing).


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of the BUT Study and Examination Rules. Guided consultations are mainly devoted to the consultation and control of tasks assigned for independent processing.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The course is finished by final graded examination. To get final grade, student must pass seminars and reach credit, and pass final test. In both parts student earns points, which are divided as follow: (1) Seminars: 50 points; (2) Final test: 100 points. For evaluation work during semester is employed system as follow: (1) Team project: 25 points; (2) Presentation: 10 points; (3) Project opponency: 10 points; (4) Activities in seminars: 5 points.

Students with ISP realise individual project with 50 points donation instead of continuous activities. The individual project's requirements, stodent will follow elearning. The final exam is in the same form.

During semester and seminars there is possible to earn 50 points, and there is required 25 points as minimum. To reach final exam grade, student must get credit (with minimum donation of 25 points) and 50 points of final test. To grade of whole course, there is used formula: (points_seminar+points_exam)/1,5=(50+100)/1,5=100 b. The total amount of points is 100, which equate ECTS classification. The minimal required amount of points to pass the course is 50, which represents the minimal value of ECTS classification.

Course curriculum

The course consists of both lectures and seminars when each has a different time donation. The content of individual lectures and seminars is defined in following topics:

1. lecture: Introduction to Supply Chain Management – Supply Chain Management and its connection to competitive environment (strategy, performance, changes), differences in comparison to traditional logistics approach
2. lecture: Factors, challenges and risks of Supply Chain Management – Supply Chain Management connection within LEAN concept, influencing factors in logistics and Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Management vulnerability
3. lecture: Complexity of Supply Chain Management – usage of relevant sources, inventory management in chain, product desing according to SCM, effectiveness evaluation of Supply Chain Management activities
4. lecture: Creation of customers' value – meeintg supply and demand in Supply Chain Management, significance of customers' services, creation of customers' priorities and standards, measurement of logistics costs
5. lecture: Protection of global Supply Chain Management – tracking and identification of parcels in Supply Chain Management, specific SW tools, identification of relevant data for SW application, competitiveness in Supply Chain Management
6. lecture: Development of global Supply Chain Management – trends and Supply Chain Management sustainability in international environment, globalization of market environment

Work placements

Not applicable.


The main objective of the course is to introduce concept of Supply Chain Management to students, and present its importance in present business environment, in both of domestic and international market. Students get overview of applied activities in Supply Chain Management concept and their application on the way to create long-time business relationships. Knowledge, which students get during the course, help to students perceive cohesion of corporate environment in connection to other courses such International Marketing, International Business, or International Economics. 

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at lectures is not required. Attendance at seminars is controlled by personal attendance directly by the teacher. Partial assigned work (seminar, team, individual) will be checked according to the specified criteria. The substitution of the missed and duly excused absence will take place in the form of elaboration of a new substitute task and its evaluation according to the criteria for granting the credit.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

BOWERSOX, D. J., CLOSS, D. J., COOPER, M. B. Supply Chain Logistics Management. Boston: McGraw-Hill. 2002. 656 p. ISBN 0-07-112306-7.
BRANCH, A. E. Global Supply Chain Management and International Logistics. New York: Routledge, 2009. 172 p. ISBN 978-0-415-39844-2.
CHRISTOPHER, M. Logistics & Supply Chain Management. 4th ed. Harlow: Pearson education, 2001. 276 p. ISBN 978-0-273-73112-2.
WATERS, D. Global Logistics: New Directions in Supply Chain Management. 6th ed. London: Kogan Page, 2010. 510 p. ISBN 978-0-7494-5703-7.

Recommended reading

AGRAWAL, N., SMITH, S. A. Retail Supply Chain Management. New York: Springer, 2009. 327 p. ISBN 978-0-387-78902-6.
FERNIE, J., SPARKS, L. Logistics & Retail Management: Emerging Issues and New Challenges in the Retail Supply Chain. 3rd ed. London: Kogan Page, 2009. 284 p. ISBN 978-0-7494-5407-4.
VOCHOZKA, M., GABIBULLA, R. K., MAREČEK, J., VRBKA, J., MACHOVÁ, V. Inventory Management in Manufacturing Company. České Budějovice: Institute of Technology and Business in České Budějovice, 2018. 142 p. ISBN 978-80-7468-123-3.
WATERS, D. Global Logistics and Distribution Planning: Strategies for Management. 4th ed. London: Kogan page, 2003. 436 p. ISBN 0-7494-3930-0.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MGR-IBM Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer