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A supply chain is a complex system of organizations, people, activities, information and resources that are all involved is getting a product or service from supplier to customer. Since the system is so complex supply chain management is very important as it oversees the entire system. By studying the Alison Learning Path in Supply Chains and Procurement you will learn about the importance of supply change management to organisational success. You will learn how a supply chain works, how they can be designed and the risks that threaten supply chains. The Alison Learning Path in Supply Chains and Procurement is a series of courses that deal with many areas of the supply chain that occur from supplier to customer.



Courses in this Learning Path

  1. Introduction to Supply Chain Management

    Introduction to Supply Chain Management is a free online course that explains what supply chain management is and how it can be a key component in organizational success.

    Modern businesses and organisations competing in a global business environment require excellence in supply chain management. The course explains how the term supply chain is used to represent all the individual firms, their personnel and the physical infrastructure required to create and transport products to customers. The student will learn how each interconnected member in a supply chain may move materials or information or money in response to customers' demands.

    This free online course will be of great interest to all professionals who work in the areas of operations management, logistics, procurement and information technology, and to all learners who are interested in developing a career in the area of supply chain management.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  2. Understanding Supply Chain Ecosystems

    Understanding Supply Chain Ecosystems is a free online course that describes how a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources are involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer.

    The course describes how modern supply chains have evolved into complex international networks, which can no longer be adequately described using the linear concept of a ‘chain’. You will learn how modern supply chain ecosystems now comprise of a network of companies, countries and their governments, social and political organisations, natural, industrial (clusters), financial and human resources, delivery infrastructure including logistics and IT, and knowledge of the industrial environment. You will see how within these ecosystems, each configuration is unique to the particular enterprise that owns that supply chain.

    This free online course will be of great interest to all professionals who work in the areas of operations management, logistics, procurement and information technology, and to all learners who are interested in developing a career in the area of supply chain management.

    3-4 Hours
    50 Points
  3. Introduction to Supply Chain Design

    Introduction to Supply Chain Design is a free online course that explains what supply chain design is and provides insights on how to design supply chains to give them competitive advantages over competing supply chains.

    It is said that in today's market, firms don't compete, supply chains do. Supply chains determine the ability of the businesses included in them to compete in the marketplace and how their supply chains are designed will affect their ability to compete. For example, a business that is attempting to compete in a market where low cost is paramount will have difficulty if it includes high cost suppliers in its supply chain. The course explains the importance of supply chain design and the design process itself.

    This free online course will be of great interest to all professionals who work in the areas of operations management, logistics, procurement and information technology, and to all learners who are interested in developing a career in the area of supply chain management.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  4. Understanding Supply Chain Risk Management

    The course Understanding Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) introduces the learner to the multitude of risks that threaten the operation of supply chains at national and global levels. A previous course - Understanding Supply Chain Ecosystems - looked at Supply Chain Ecosystems and supply risk involves adverse and unexpected changes to any elements of a supply chain ecosystem.

    The aim of SCRM is to reduce supply chain vulnerability by identifying and managing risks within the supply 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 lists the six strategies to reduce overall risk exposure.

    This free online course will be of great interest to all professionals who work in the areas of operations management, logistics, procurement and information technology, and to all learners who are interested in developing a career in the area of supply chain management.

    2-3 Hours
    50 Points
  5. Fundamentals of Using Six Sigma in Supply Chains

    Supply chain management is the design and management of a supply chain network that delivers high-quality products to the right customers at the right time at minimum cost. Six Sigma processes are powerful tools that managers can use to identify and solve supply chain problems.

    In this free online Six Sigma course you will be introduced to the basics of supply chain management and how supply chains are integrated and coordinated networks that deliver business processes to procure raw materials, transform them into final products or services and deliver the product/service to the customer. You will also learn how Six Sigma processes can be used to improve each step of the supply chain and identify and eliminate problems.

    This free online course will be of great interest to professionals in the areas of supply chain management, logistics, manufacturing and Six Sigma and quality management, and all learners who would like to learn more about the application of Six Sigma processes in supply chain management.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points
  6. Fundamentals of Incoterms

    The word 'Incoterms' is derived from International Commercial terms, which are a series of three-letter terms related to common sales practices published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The main aim of Incoterms is to define the tasks, costs and risks associated with the transportation and delivery of products and goods. This free online course has been created by Procurement Academy, an institute dedicated to training procurement professionals.

    In this course you will learn about Incoterms, their definitions and classification, and their use by procurement professionals. You will also learn about the role of the buyer during the supplier selection process. This course will be of interest to procurement professionals who would like to learn more about Incoterms and their use in the procurement process.

    1-2 Hour
    50 Points

Complete!

Successfully complete all of these courses to receive a Supply Chains and Procurement Learning Path Award.

All your learning will be reflected in your Learner Record, which you can download for free at any time.

You also have the option of purchasing an Alison Certificate for each of the above courses you successfully complete.



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