Master Class Global Supply Chain & Logistics

Antwerp Management School

Antwerp Management School


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Who should attend

This Master Class is designed for a broad variety of people involved in supply chains and logistics, such as analysts, planners, consultants, junior to middle management, etc. The program is particularly relevant for those interested in expediting their career in supply chain management and logistics, and / or in understanding the current supply chain and logistics developments, and / or in grasping key trade-offs.

About the course

The Master Class Global Supply Chain & Logistics will give you a deeper understanding of the complexities that companies face in supply chain and logistics. A wide range of topics will be discussed, giving you an overview of relevant decision domains within supply chain and logistics. More specifically, this certificate program will provide you with a thorough insight into the technological, operational, and organizational aspects of global supply chains and logistics.

The Master Class thus covers a variety of topics such as transportation and inventory, sourcing and procurement, forecasting, Sales & Operations Planning and logistics network design. We will also discuss in detail emerging developments and opportunities (think of Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, big data, etc.) to improve supply chain and logistics processes. Finally, in the optional company-based project, you will work on a real-life business case from your own company, guided by one of the professors of the participating schools.

The program content will be delivered through online lectures, relevant readings, class discussions, and faculty-led interactive discussions. We will also make generous use of value chain management case studies and applications throughout the sessions. The complete program is offered online, guaranteeing a high-level interaction with participants worldwide.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will:

  • have a thorough knowledge and understanding of world-class supply chain management practices and their role in developing and maintaining competitive advantage;
  • have experience in viewing supply chain situations from the perspective of suppliers to and customers of manufacturers and service providers;
  • be familiar with the tools and applications used in supply chain process evaluation and re-engineering, including sustainability aspects, people, leadership, and change management aspects;
  • gain experience and feedback in the use of both qualitative and quantitative data analysis;
  • have a knowledge baseline documenting supply chain management best practices.

8 reasons to study at ESCF, TU/e and AMS

  • Get the best knowledge and insights from 3 leading institutions: European Supply Chain Forum, Eindhoven University of Technology and Antwerp Management School.
  • A program designed for people who want to grow in, refresh, and improve their supply chain and logistics knowledge.
  • A program driven by academic knowledge but with a strong practical touch through real-life cases, which will help you handle and grasp the supply chain and logistics complexity in practice.
  • A great program offering timely topics, organized by the key schools with a strong focus on supply chain management and logistics.
  • Highly experienced lecturers from both the academic and the professional world.
  • An international group of students participating in an interactive online setting.
  • A hands-on attitude and pragmatic approach which will enable you to easily apply the techniques and tools within your organization.
  • The opportunity to work on a real-life challenge your company faces, under the supervision of experts.


The program consists of 8 online sessions of 4 hours. You can register separately for each session and you have the opportunity to add a company-based project supervised by the faculty.

Supply chain overview & customer value

In this interactive session, key supply chain principles will be reviewed and refreshed, translating business strategy into an adequate supply chain strategy, but also defining relevant business models. Omni-channel management will be discussed in terms of delivering customer value and clearly defining the customer proposition. Important aspects regarding people (change management), profit (topline revenue versus bottom-line costs), and planet (sustainability) will be discussed and applied in real-life settings.

Logistics & network design

The network and supply chain design is an important strategic logistics issue. Collaboration between companies is increasingly taking place in an international context. This not only involves the location of logistic activities but also the control over the whole international supply chain. One of the most important issues in designing (international) logistics networks is the potential for reacting to changed circumstances quickly and in a reliable way. Multiple sourcing, hybrid network structures, and synchronization of logistics processes are examples of such flexible logistic structures.

Supply chain trends, future implications

We will discuss several supply chain trends that have been arising in the past few years and are expected to materialize in the future. The increasing role of sustainability in the supply chain will be discussed (e.g. cradle-to-cradle, circular economy). Other emerging concepts such as machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, analytics, etc. will be framed within a supply chain setting. We will look into both the applicability and the limitations of these technologies.

Transport & distribution

In this module, we will consider the various modes of transport and distribution, their characteristics, and their combinations. Thus, we will dive into maritime shipping, air transport, road, rail, inland waterway, and pipeline transport. Principles of transport costing, logistics costs, and decision-making in transport will be conceptually explained and applied. With the help of a transport chain game and a chain cost model, we will provide illustrations of multimodal transport and the impact of policies and strategies on this. The sub-components of chains and various cost items will be illustrated and calculated, and trade-offs as well as cost shares will be indicated. We will also consider both out-of-pocket costs and time costs (i.e. generalized costs) and external costs.

Sales & Operations Planning

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) has been around since the early 1990s but only really took off around 2005. We have seen successes and failures. In this session, S&OP has been substituted by Integrated Business Planning (IBP). As the objectives of S&OP formulated by the Oliver Wight Companies in 1990 are the same for IBP, we can use the vast experience on S&OP processes as a guideline when implementing IBP. We will touch upon the alignment of financials, resource use, forecasting order fulfillment and inventory management across the company. We will discuss how to organize decision support for IBP, both in human resources and ICT. And we will look into the key principles towards successful implementation of S&OP / IBP.

Procurement & sourcing

The added value delivered by your supplier basis is growing year after year. Unlocking the full potential of both your upstream markets and key suppliers is a crucial lever to deliver competitive edge throughout the entire supply chain. The expected output? Financial (cost & cash), value (performance, innovation & CSR) and risk management (supply, market). Business partnering, sourcing and SRM (Supplier Relationship Management) are the 3 pillars for any high-performing procurement function.


Forecasting and planning are at the heart of all business processes. Despite efforts over the last decades to increase value chain flexibility, forecasting demand is still of eminent importance in many companies. Entities in the value chain operate triggered by the expected demand from the (end) customer. The quality of the estimation of future demand directly influences customer service levels, inventory levels, and cost levels.

Multi-echelon inventory management

In today’s competitive world, optimizing inventory at each facility independently will not provide a sustainable competitive advantage. But adjusting total inventory across the entire network of facilities, taking into consideration the interdependencies among stocking locations, will significantly extend the potential benefits achieved from optimizing inventories at each separate location. In this session, we will consider the basic multi-echelon inventory systems and introduce the current state-of-the-art models for optimizing inventory policies. We will compare the installation / local and echelon stock policies and quantify the benefits of using echelon policies. Also, we will discuss the methods that are commonly used to further improve the performances of multi-echelon systems.

Company-based project, supervised by professors

You will have the opportunity to add a company-based project supervised by the faculty. In face-to-face discussions on your case, the professors will help you to develop and formulate the relevant questions, based on your perceived business problem, including a well-defined description of the scope. Together, you will make a justified selection of methods and techniques for data collection and data analysis. You will apply these methods and techniques to find possible causes and explanations for your business problem, providing you with solid directions for improvement.


Tom Van Woensel

Function Academic Director of the Master in Global Supply Chain Management Expertise Global Supply Chain Management Tom Van Woensel is Full Professor of Freight Transport and Logistics in the OPAC group (Operations, Planning, Accounting and Control) of the department of Industrial Enginee...

Thierry Vanelslander

Thierry Vanelslander is a professor at the Department of Transport and Regional Economics. He graduated as a doctor in Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp. Until 2013, he was holder of the BNP Paribas Fortis Chair on Transport, Logistics and Ports. Until halfway 2009, he was director o...

Ton de Kok

Graduated at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, The Netherlands in Mathematics and Economics in 1981. After 4 years under the supervision of prof. Henk C. Tijms he attained the doctorate (Ph.D. degree) in 1985 from the Free University of Amsterdam. Thereafter he joined the Centre for Quantitative Meth...

Zumbul Atan

Dr. Zumbul Atan is an associate professor of Supply Chain Management in the OPAC group (Operations, Planning, Accounting and Control) of the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). She is research director of the European Supply...

Freek Aertsen

Freek Aertsen studied Business Administration (specialization Supply Chain Management) at Tilburg University (cum laude) where he also obtained his PhD. He then joined Royal Philips Electronics where he has been responsible for several large multi-site forecasting, planning & control improvem...

Manu Matthyssens

Manu Matthyssens is founder and managing partner of the Solvint Group (B, NL, CH, FR). As program manager, he has been responsible for designing various result driven procurement re-engineering and development programs with multiple international companies in various industries. Given his broad b...

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