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The Digital Economy: Effective Supply Chain Management

Free Online course
The Digital Economy: Effective Supply Chain Management
30 October 2017

The goods and services that customers depend on each day don’t just appear out of the blue. They reach end users through increasingly intricate channels, involving people and processes all over the world and supported by continually advancing technology.

Create value with your supply chain
Understanding the key relationships in these channels can help you cut costs, boost performance and create more value for customers, whether you are a sole trader, in a small to medium-sized organisation or work for a large firm. Supply chains raise challenging questions for all organisations, with quality, profitability and responsibility, including political and ethical issues, high on today’s management agenda.

This free online course will equip you with a critical appreciation of the way supply chains work, and how you can make them work better for you and your customers. Whether you are an entrepreneur, work in the public sector or in a small to medium enterprise (SME), you’ll find out how the supply chain is changing as the digital era evolves.

Thrive in the digital economy
The Digital Economy: Effective Supply Chain Management is one of four courses from The Open University about the digital economy, designed to help experienced managers get to grips with today’s technology-enabled business environment.

The course has been developed by The Open University Business School – a pioneering institution that is triple accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.

What topics will you cover?
  1. What supply chain management is and why it is important
  2. The distinct processes that make up a digital supply chain
  3. How risk is assessed in the digital supply chain
  4. How organisations are using the supply chain to gain a competitive advantage
  5. Competitive advantage in the digital supply chain
  6. How supply chain management fits with the company’s strategy
  7. The future of supply chain management

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.
  • Improve your analytical and prioritising skills.
  • Demonstrate and recognising the impact of the digital economy when taking an informed approach to decisions such as outsourcing and quality management.
  • 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.

Who will you learn with?
Hilary is a strategic design academic with research interests in the economic and cultural role of the creative industries. She teaches OU courses in Strategy and Design Thinking


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