LEARNING OUTCOMES MASTER OF GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (MGSCM)
1. Learning Objectives – Dublin Descriptors
In this section we demonstrate the learning goals and learning objectives for the Master of Global Management – Supply Chain Management. We will use the abbreviation MGSCM for the program in this chapter. For MGSCM the Dublin Descriptors are specified below
D1. Knowledge and understanding
The Master of Global Management – Supply Chain Management (MGSCM) offers its participants a thorough knowledge and understanding of supply chain management in all its diverse aspects and its applicability to a wide range of practical management situations in a globalized context. This is achieved in four consecutive steps. First the supply chain and its relevant stakeholders is discussed as a background setting. Additionally, analytical tools for detailed analysis of the different supply chains functions are discussed. In a second phase all relevant functions of supply chain management, such as inventory management, finance, operations management, transport and logistics, are treated in depth, with consideration of the global dimension. Consequently, all this knowledge is combined into an overall holistic vision on global supply chain management that integrates these different disciplines into a comprehensive strategic view. In a last phase participants will be challenged to apply their knowledge into a concrete management situation (see D2). Transfer of knowledge and understanding is achieved in a variety of interactive ways: lectures with class discussion, use of case studies and business games, guided company visits, preparation by reading recent articles and business literature and exercises, etc.
Learning objectives L1, L3.
D2. Applying knowledge and understanding
As already demonstrated by the methods to transfer knowledge, giving participants the opportunity to apply their new insights and ideas to the world of real-life globalized supply chains, is at the core of the learning goals of the MGSCM program. This is achieved not only by the learning tools and teaching methods mentioned, but also by direct confrontation with companies and real-life supply chains. Company visits, guest lectures by and discussions with industry people and alumni of the program all add to giving MGSCM participants a clear insight on how to apply all their recently acquired knowledge and understanding to supply chain management. In addition the business consultancy project, which is the integration course of the program, is important to mention. Participants work in teams (team project) during a period of 8 weeks, on a full-time basis, on a concrete supply chain management related assignment provided by a wide range of international companies and organizations. These projects give participants the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge acquired during the program, to a real-life business situation. They are intensively guided and coached by managers of the participating companies and by faculty of the school. Moreover, these projects usually make a perfect bridge between studying and working, since they often constitute the first “working experience” in a professional setting for most participants.
Learning objectives L1, L3, L4.
D3. Making judgments
From the start, participants are challenged to bring in their own opinion and participate fully in class discussions. The diverse cultural and educational backgrounds present in the group of participants, ensures a diversity of points of view and ways to tackle managerial discussions. Participants are made to understand to use this confrontation of opinions to achieve a more comprehensive and balanced judgment. Additionally, feedback is given on how to use academic and analytical knowledge to carefully evaluate different management strategies and their implications in a real-life business situation during intermediate meetings and during case discussions in class. Throughout the courses and the final business project, participants are asked to formulate concrete personal and/or team conclusions and to translate these into specific business recommendations. Opinion leaders will often be invited to challenge these recommendations and enter into discussion with the participants.
Learning objectives L1, L3 ,L4.
During the selection of the participants, attention is already paid to the presentation and communication skills of the candidates. Within the Leadership Development Track, special attention is paid to many forms of business communication. Practical aspects of written and verbal communication in relevant business settings are discussed and put into practice on an individual and a team level. Additionally, participants are given the opportunity to prepare for important communication challenges that they will encounter while applying for a job or when they start a first job. Company recruiters will meet participants for mock interviews and give them feedback. Written resumes will be checked and corrected by human resource professionals. Business negotiations exercises will be made. Team and individual presentations will be commented on, etc. During the evaluation of the international business project, communication is an important aspect. The participant or the team of participants will not only be judged on the quality of the written report and verbal presentation, but the whole communication process between the participants, the company and the schools’ project advisor will be part of the final evaluation.
Learning objective L2.
D5. Learning skills
The Master in Global Management – Supply Chain Management, like all full-time Master degrees at Antwerp Management School, has taken the development of the skills of its participants to the center of its learning goals. Program-related learning skills are introduced to ensure an efficient and high quality learning experience for the participants. Participants are taught how to work with case studies, how to write reports in an academically sound way, how to make a good individual or team presentation and basically can receive any type of advice related to improving their daily practical learning skills. Moreover, and based on feedback from companies and other stakeholders, the development of social skills and attitudes like teamwork, leadership, independence, motivation, intercultural awareness, etc. now form an substantial and integrated part of the programs. The most important way to achieve this objective is in Leadership Development Track. Starting from a comprehensive self-assessment, the internationally recognized Thomas International method, participants gradually learn how to improve their personal qualities and skills. This is achieved by means of a teambuilding seminar, a seminar on intercultural awareness, individual review conversations, individual coaching, etc. At the end of the program, a team evaluation and an intensive personal review will monitor and demonstrate the progress that has been achieved in the development of the participants’ skills.
Learning objective L2, L3.
2. Learning Objectives – Specified
The following learning objectives (L) and qualifications can be determined:
L1. Master of Global Management – Global Supply Chain Management (MGSCM) graduates gain a multidisciplinary focus on supply chain management. This implies that they will gain knowledge into the different supply chain functions, such as inventory management, finance, operations management, transport and logistics, etc. As such, they will be able to integrate these into understanding the supply chain developments. In this way, they will also be able to develop cross‐disciplinary links to other relevant fields (e.g. marketing, HR, etc).
L2. Participants will acquire effective management attitudes. This means that they will develop managerial attitudes such as drive (initiative), entrepreneurship, leadership, willpower and perseverance, self‐control and self‐motivation. Additionally, the students will develop social and communicative abilities in English, leadership, and team spirit in a multi‐cultural and multidisciplinary team, with sense of realism and practicality.
L3. Graduates will obtain a global perspective. They will be able to evaluate the opportunities and challenges in an ever‐changing context of an internationally operated business. More specifically, they will gain insight into the globalization problem and the European integration and the impact on the way of doing business internationally. Through the multicultural team composition in the class, they will be able to diagnose and acquire cross‐cultural sensitivity.
L4. The ability to tackle supply chain problems and related entrepreneurial questions on a scholarly basis is an important learning goal for MGSCM participants. They will arrive independently and in a team context at formulating a scholarly problem within a company setting, by developing the appropriate research methodology. Participants will acquire and analyze critically the empirical data and the conceptual thinking patterns in order to come to a science‐based understanding. As such, they will develop a critical and scholarly point of view into methods and techniques of management research.