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Diploma in Supply Chain Management - Revised 2017

Discover the essentials of supply chain management and how to provide effective solutions for risk exposures.

Supply Chain Management
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This free online course on supply chain management will get you started on the journey of becoming a supply chain management professional. When a product is introduced to the market, one of the most important elements of its release is building and maintaining the supply chain that supports it. This makes supply chain management professionals highly valuable members of the modern economy. This course will help you become one of them.
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    6-10 Hours
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The course begins by providing an in-depth explanation as to what supply chains and supply chain management are. It then introduces you to supply chain networks and integrated supply chain networks, as well as teaches you the best practices of supply chain management. You will also learn what makes up a supply ecosystem and how to map a supply chain ecosystem. The course will then look into the main framework used in supply chain analysis and the relationship between modern manufacturing and services.

You will then cover supply chain vulnerability analysis and learn how to identify and manage risks within the chain and external to it. The course will also discuss examples of resource uncertainties, whether these uncertainties are economic or political, the characteristics of Wicked problems, and the elements of a cyber attack. Finally, the course will look into the six most important strategies for reducing overall risk exposure in supply chains.

Supply Chain Management strategies are the critical backbone of every business organization today. However, they can also be complex and difficult to understand. This course will give you a strong overview of supply chain management in a clear and easy manner, so that you can have an edge over your competitors and become a really valuable asset for your company. So, check out the course today and by the end of the week you'll have gained some excellent knowledge that will help bring your career to the next level.

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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

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

Having studied this course you will be able to:

  • Explain what the terms supply chain and supply chain management mean.
  • Describe what supply chain networks are.
  • Define what supply chain ecosystem is.
  • Describe how modern manufacturing and services are intertwined.
  • Describe what Governance Formation involves.
  • 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 economic and political related uncertainties.
  • List the six strategies to reduce overall risk exposure.


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