10 Supply Chain Management courses to consider on Coursera

Jip Kelderman | 26 October 2018

Supply Chain Management courses that are affordable, convenience and have a broad scope. 

By Ujendre Ramautarsing and Jip Kelderman

Whether you are a student, (young) Supply Chain Management professional, or an (executive) manager, in order to succeed it aids to be up to date in your relevant work field. Yet, almost anyone is busy and considering training is frequently expensive and time consuming. It becomes even more difficult due to the endless amount of Supply Chain Management courses. Hence, we delved into the opportunities for you to ease this daunting selection process. We took several factors into account: (1) affordability; (2) convenience; and (3) a broad scope. Therefore, we present 10 Supply Chain Management courses to consider from Coursera. If you have never heard about this platform, we urge you to discover it. It basically offers numerous courses from different professions. Some material is free of charge, but most is fully accessible for a small fee. In terms of convenience, you can watch several videos at home, anywhere. Also, for some courses homework is required and a certificate can be earned. For instance, if you daily travel by train you can watch the material on your phone. By this means you spend your time wisely and learn something new. Below we present a brief overview.

  1. Supply Chain Principles by Georgia Institute of Technology 

This course gives an introduction in Supply Chain Management. It covers general topics within Supply Chain Management like procurement, planning and different types of operation management. Moreover, the course includes several ideas and trends like the Integrated Supply Chain Model and the use of a holistic approach. It is suited for anyone interested in or curious about the different topics of Supply Chain Management and will also provide some guidance in career path opportunities.

  1. Supply Chain Management: A Learning Perspective by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

All the products we consume are a result of a supply chain. Supply chains generally exist out of four primary functions: supplier, manufacturer, distributor and finally consumer. Every step in this process is essentially a value adding step, and therefore supply chains are also value chains. This course focusses on these value adding activities: how are they coordinated or managed? Which type of people do you need for that? And from a learning perspective: what capabilities does one need in the coordination of these activities?

  1. Operations Management by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This course focusses, as the name suggests, on Operation Management. Operation Management covers all intern logistic or manufacturing activities. In this course, the focus will be on the use of different decision-making frameworks and techniques. For example, how to decide on the order sizes and frequencies? And how can Lean Management or Six Sigma play a role in all this?

  1. Supply Chain Planning by Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

Companies use planning as a tool to balance supply and demand. The first step is usually to predict future demand, which is not an easy job. This course covers several techniques to develop forecasts and evaluate them on their accuracy. This forecasted demand can be used to decide on the supply planning. A frequently used tool for balancing supply and demand is a Sales and Operation Planning, which is also included in this course.

  1. Six Sigma Principles by University System of Georgia

This course covers the basics components of Six Sigma and Lean Management: how is it applied in practice? Which tools and metrics are used? Also, the topic of teamwork is included as this is considered as an essential component of quality improvement. The course is built around “The Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt Handbook”, which is recognized by many professionals working in the field. Therefore, participation in this course can also be very useful for anyone who considers gaining certifications in this field of study.

  1. Introduction to Operations Managementby University of Pennsylvania

Just like the third course mentioned in this overview, this course is about Operation Management. However, this course focusses on performance indicators. How can internal processes like manufacturing be evaluated? How can productivity be increased and quality standards be improved? For example, it includes topics from process analyses like bottlenecks, flow rates and inventory levels. Moreover, it provides insight in the key components of productivity.

  1. Supply Chain Sourcing by Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

Companies are involved with many different suppliers, some having thousands of them. Therefore, it is an important task to manage the relationships with all these different suppliers. This process is called sourcing. How do you select the right suppliers? How can suppliers be segmented? This course includes different tools and techniques used in Supply Chain Sourcing.

  1. Channel Management and Retailing by IE Business School

This course focusses on different distribution strategies that can be used. The choice for the right channel management is, today more than ever, very important for the success of companies products. The IT revolution contributed to the further development of CRM and planning tools. The focus of this course is on retail: how can a distribution strategy be a competitive advantage and a strong weapon?

  1. Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills by University of Michigan

Negotiation is a daily practice for almost everyone: not only in business, but also with friends, family etc. Good negotiation can be of great benefit when thinking about for example profitable contracts or career advancements, and is therefore key for business success. In this course the four steps of successful negotiation are discussed: (1) Prepare, (2) Negotiate, (3) Close and (4) Perform and Evaluate.

  1. Teamwork Skills: Communicating Effectively in Groups by University of Colorado Boulder

This course covers the different aspects of teamwork like strong decision making and being creative. It emphasizes on the importance of effective groupwork for your personal success. Moreover, it studies the ability to collaborate with difficult group members and to manage conflicts, and it includes group communication in virtual environments. The aim of this course is to enable one to put these theories into practice.


Links to Supply Chain Management Courses:

  1. Supply Chain Principles: https://www.coursera.org/learn/supply-chain-principles
  2. Supply Chain Management: A Learning Perspective: https://www.coursera.org/learn/supply-chain-management
  3. Operations Management: https://www.coursera.org/learn/operations-management
  4. Supply Chain Planning: https://www.coursera.org/learn/planning
  5. Six Sigma Principles: https://www.coursera.org/learn/six-sigma-principles
  6. Introduction to Operations Management: https://www.coursera.org/learn/wharton-operations
  7. Supply Chain Sourcing: https://www.coursera.org/learn/sourcing
  8. Channel Management and Retailing: https://www.coursera.org/learn/channel-management
  9. Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills: https://www.coursera.org/learn/negotiation-skills
  10. Teamwork Skills: Communicating Effectively in Groups: https://www.coursera.org/learn/teamwork-skills-effective-communication