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A310A0101 Strategic Supply Management, 6 cr 
Code A310A0101  Validity 01.08.2014 -
Name Strategic Supply Management  Abbreviation Strategic Suppl 
Credits6 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesno
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Business and Management 

Sirpa Multaharju 
Veli Virolainen 

Description by Study Guide

Location: Lappeenranta

The number of participants is limited to 60. Students of Supply Management program have first priority to participate. This course is only for master's level students including exchange students.


M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) 1



Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Professor, D.Sc. (Tech.) Veli Matti Virolainen

Post-Doctoral Researcher D.Sc. (Econ.) Sirpa Multaharju


Upon completion of the course, students will understand the strategic meaning of supply management and will be able to develop the supply function as part of the business development of an entire organization. Students will be able to apply TCE in supply strategy formulation, recognize different types of business relations, explain the motives of supply chain integration and partnerships, and apply these in practice. After taking the course, students should be able to:
1. develop and evaluate supply management strategies in a global context
2. analyze purchasing and supply management processes as a part of a business strategy
3. apply category management in supply strategy formulation
4. explain the motives for the integration of supply chains and business partnerships
5. distinguish the modes of collaboration in supply management
6. apply transaction cost theory and game theory in strategy assessment
7. produce an analytical written report based on the current academic literature.


Supply management as a source of competitive advantage. Purchasing and supply management as a part of a business strategy. Category Management in purchasing. Transaction cost theory and game theory. Different relationships with suppliers. Partnerships and their motives. Risk management related to partnerships.

Teaching Methods 

Lectures 14 h, independent reading assignments and preparation for lectures 8 h, 1st period. Case assignments including written reports and class presentations. Writing of reports and preparation for presentations 30 h, 1st period. Independent literature review and reading the literature and articles 48 h, 1-2 period. Quiz tests and preparation for quiz tests 60 h. Total workload for student 160 h.

Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

Grade 0-5, evaluation 0-100 points, quiz tests 40 %, literature review 35 %, case assignments 25 %, all assignments must be passed to obtain final grade.

Course Materials 

Vitasek, K.: Vested outsourcing, 2013. Palgrave, Macmillan. Kling, J., Manrodt, K., Vitasek, K., and Keith, B., Strategic Outsourcing in New Economy, 2016. Palgrave, Macmillan. Mazzucato M. (ed): Strategy for Business, 2002. Sage Publications. O'Brien, J: Category Management in Purchasing. 3rd ed. Lecture materials and journal articles. Assigned reading.


B.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) studies. For exchange students B.Sc. studies related to operations management, supply chain management, supply management or similar.

Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No) 

max 15

Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No) 



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