Academic Use

As a professor, you want to provide your students with a course that will prepare them to be business analyst and eventually supply chain managers (or general managers).  An important part of this role is to understand how to model and optimize the supply chain—this is a well proven discipline in the business community.  You probably already teach some elements of strategic network design, but probably not enough to equip your students with what they need to tackle this problem in industry.  This book will greatly enhance this part of your program by providing your students with an in-depth coverage of the topic, written by authors with a background in the theory and the practice, and with real-world sized problems, exercises, and commercial software.  Your students will be much better prepared for their first job after using this text and be better informed as managers later in their career.

We wrote this book to help make your course richer. We want you to have insight into how this gets implemented in practice and access to realistically sized problems. You can also use this material to expand into other supply chain areas as appropriate for your course (for example, a detailed discussion on transportation costs or a detailed discussion on corporate strategy.

This book would be appropriate for courses in Supply Chain, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, or an MBA or Business program. Supply chain network design is about determining the best supply chain to physically move product from the source to the final destination. As such, this topic gives you a great sense of a firm’s supply chain and how a firm works. It also touches very strategic business issues such as cost, service, and risk.

 As an example, this book is well suited for the following types of classes:
  • Supply chain network design class
  • Supply chain class- with a section for supply chain design
  • General business class with a need for strong cases and a deep dive into a topic
  • Optimization class with a need for a practical and large-scale application area
  • An independent study class

To make the course even stronger and more interactive, the book and the exercises were written so that you could use it in conjunction with commercial software– IBM’s ILOG LogicNet Plus XE.  You can access IBM’s ILOG LogicNet Plus XE through IBM’s free Academic Initiative.  Click here for more information on IBM’s academic initiative. (For academic support of LogicNet Plus XE go to the IBM ILOG Supply Chain Applications forum)

Soon, we will add more material to this site to help you with your course.  This will include slides, answer keys, additional case studies, and other material.  We would like to create an open community where you can share best practices and new material to help students better learn the material.