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Diploma in Supply Chain Management

Learn about supply chain ecosystems, modern manufacturing services, ways to reduce risk, and more.

Supply Chain Management
Free Course
It’s said that in today's market, firms don't compete, supply chains do. That means that being the person who understands how a supply chain operates can make you a highly-valued member of any enterprise. With this free course, designed by industry experts, you will learn the essential basics of supply chain management online and prepare yourself for an exciting and respected career. Check out the course, and get started today!
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A supply chain is a living ecosystem that involves an incredible range of institutions. These include a network of companies, countries and their governments, social and political organisations, and delivery infrastructure. This free course, designed by industry experts, will simplify these complex systems and guide you on your path to entering supply chain management.

The course first provides insights on how to design supply chains to give them advantages over competitors. You will be given a roadmap towards reducing supply chain vulnerability by identifying and managing risks within the chain and external to it. The course gives examples of resource uncertainties, characteristics of Wicked problems, and describes the elements of a cyber attack. It also presents six strategies to reduce overall risk exposure.

If you work, or hope to work, in the areas of operations management, logistics, procurement, or information technology then this course is tailored to you. The course makes a complex subject as clear as possible to give you an edge over your competitors, but it still requires some time and effort from you. But in approximately 6-10 hours, you’ll be certified, recognised, and able to talk the talk with the best. You have the interest to get this far, now maximise your potential and bring your career to the top table.

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Module 1: Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Module 2: Supply Chain Ecosystems

Module 3: Diploma in Supply Chain Management - First Assessment

Module 4: Supply Chain Design

Module 5: Supply Chain Risk Management

Module 6: Diploma in Supply Chain Management - Second Assessment

Module 7: Diploma in Supply Chain Management - Final Assessment

Learning Outcomes

Having studied this course the learner will be able to: - Explain what the terms supply chain and supply chain management mean; - Describe what supply chain networks are; - List examples of supply chains; - Describe what is meant by integrated supply chain networks; - Describe best practices in supply chain networks; - Define what supply chain ecosystem is; - Describe how to map a supply chain ecosystem; - Describe how to use the ecosystem framework in supply chain analysis; - Describe how modern manufacturing and services are intertwined; - Describe how supply chain networks can be affected by disruptions and innovations; - List and describe the two steps in global supply chain design; - List and describe the five steps in global supply chain formation; - Describe what Governance Formation involves; - List and describe the types of Supplier Asset Specificity; - Describe risks to supply chains; - Describe the aim of Supply Chain Risk Management; - List the elements of a Supply Chain Ecosystem; - Describe and give examples of resource uncertainties; - Describe and give examples of economic and political related uncertainties; - List the characteristics of Wicked problems; - Describe Cyber risks and the elements of a cyber attack; - List the six strategies to reduce overall risk exposure.


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