Create value with your supply chain
Goods and services reach end users through increasingly intricate channels, involving people and processes all over the world, supported by advancing technology.
Understanding the key relationships in these supply chains can help you cut costs, boost performance and create more value for customers.
This online course will equip you with a critical appreciation of the way supply chains work, and how to make them work better.
Whether you are a sole trader, in a small to medium-sized organisation, or work for a large firm, you’ll find out how the supply chain is changing in the digital era.
What topics will you cover?
- What supply chain management is and why it is important
- The distinct processes that make up a digital supply chain
- How risk is assessed in the digital supply chain
- How organisations are using the supply chain to gain a competitive advantage
- Competitive advantage in the digital supply chain
- How supply chain management fits with the company’s strategy
- The future of supply chain management
When would you like to start?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Identify and understand the impact of the digital economy on structure and function of a supply chain, recognising opportunities to reduce cost and create value in your own professional context.
- Demonstrate and recognising the impact of the digital economy when taking an informed approach to decisions such as outsourcing and quality management.
- Improve your analytical and prioritising skills.
- Develop your ethical awareness as a manager.
Who is the course for?
This course is intended for anyone who wants to learn about the effect the digital era is having on supply chains, customers and other stakeholders. No previous experience of studying supply chain management is required, but some basic knowledge of how businesses work would be beneficial.
Find further information about OU registration, the assessment module and MBA in the entry requirements.
IMPORTANT! If you are aiming to use your study of courses in the Digital Economy program to obtain academic credit, please be aware that the final planned presentation of the Open University Assessment Course BXM871 Managing in the Digital Economy starts July 2020. Please ensure that you allow yourself enough time to obtain all four Certificates of Achievement from courses in the program before registering for the Assessment Course. Details of runs of the relevant FutureLearn courses in 2019 and 2020 are available here.
Who developed the course?
The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.
- LocationMilton Keynes, UK
- World rankingTop 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020
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