Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management in China
This course introduces global sourcing and supply chain management in China, an enormous player in the world economy. In the competitive global marketplace, great emphasis is placed on both cost reduction and fast reaction time. Global sourcing refers to the process of locating goods and services in the most efficient manner (particularly with regard to cost and delivery times) wherever in the world they might be. The supply chain refers to both the physical activities related to delivering products and services to customers, as well as informational activities such as product design and planning. These activities may involve the linking of different companies in this process or the coordination of different functional areas within a single company.
Students will learn the most important theories involved in supply chain management and global sourcing, and match that with actual case studies. The course is structured to look at procurement and manufacturing, distribution and logistics, the information technology that supports the process, innovations in the supply chain that fuel China’s growth, as well as the integrated administration of the entire process.
After completing the course, students should:
- be able to identify and describe important features and concepts of supply chain management,
- be knowledgeable about specific market players of supply chain management and global sourcing in China,
- have a command of the particular features of supply chain management in China, and
- be able to conduct a detailed analysis of a business sourcing problem set in China that involves identifying challenges and their possible solutions.
Student profile/target group
Students of social sciences (incl. law, economics, business), sciences and engineering at senior undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in business, governance, commerce and sustainability. A general background in either business or economics is desirable, but no specific expertise is required.
- Topic Presentation and in-class Discussion 33%
- Group Project Presentation 34%
- Class participation and In-class quiz 33%
Textbook “Supply Chain Logistics Management (3rd Ed.). Bowersox, Closs, and Cooper, eds. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2009”
Required application documents
- Fudan University Application Form
- Passport copy
- Home University Transcripts
Course director / Lecturers
Dr. Nathan Wang
Dr. Nathan Wang is Managing Director of Angel Clouds Advisory Board, and President & CEO of 2E Solutions. He has more than twenty years experience in product development and business management, including turning multiple troubled businesses into profits. Wang obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, USA. He has taught on Global Supply Chain Management, Doing Business in China, and Management & Strategy at Fudan University and other organizations for years.
Dr. Wang was Asia General Manager of End-to-End Solutions in Motorola; Senior VP of Inventec Corp.; and VP of Hybrid Networks. Besides, Wang served as vice chairman of InfoComm committee, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (2004).
Dr. Wang led the teams to design and to launch the world's first smart phone (1999), the world's first wireless application download service (2002), and the world's first Linux smart phone (2003). Dr. Wang was also named as the “Father of Smart Phones” when he worked in Motorola.
09.00-12.00 Welcome and orientation meeting
15.00-17.00 Campus tour with Fudan student buddies
18.00-20.00 Welcome dinner
Shanghai City Tour
09.00-12.00 Session 1: 21st Century Supply Chain
13.00-15.00 Session 2: Logistics & globalization
09.00-12.00 Session 3: Customer relationship management & procurement
09.00-12.00 Session 4: Supply chain information systems
13.00-15.00 Quiz and Q&A
09.00-12.00 Session 5: Manufacturing & integrated operations management
09.00-12.00 Session 6: Inventory & warehousing
09.00-12.00 Session 7: Transportation infrastructure & operations
09.00-12.00 Session 8: Global supply chain network design & performance measurement
09.00-12.00 Session 9: Packaging, matyerial handling & future logistics trends
09.00-12.00 Session 10: Supply chain risk management & sustainability
Afternoon Prepare presentation
09.00-12.00 Final exam and presentations
18.00-20.00 Farewell dinner and graduation ceremony