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Strategic Sourcing

Strategic Sourcing

Code: SCM3LF102
Scope: 5 ECTS
Timing: semester 4
Language: English
Curriculum: GLOBBA16
Course level: Specialisation Studies
Course type: compulsory for SCM specialisation students               

Starting level and linkage with other courses
Prerequisite: SCM1LF101 Basics of Supply Chain Management.

Learning outcomes
You understand the various roles of purchasing and supply management in achieving strategic success. You know the strategic importance of supplier development to add value to international business partnerships. You can choose and apply appropriate sourcing strategies to different commodities, services and suppliers. You know the implications of information technology for strategic partnerships and the supply base.


  • spend analysis
  • purchasing portfolio matrix
  • supplier relationship management (SRM): theory and SAP SRM
  • supplier selection

Recognising and validating prior learning (RPL)
If you have acquired the required competence in previous work tasks, recreational activities or on another course, you can show the competence with a demonstration and progress faster through your studies. More information and instructions for RPL are available at MyNet.

Cooperation with the business community
During the course you will analyse a real life case from a supply chain perspective, keeping in mind a service and support point of view.

Sourcing has a strong link to international business and the cases are related to the global environment. Multicultural teams.

Course format
Contact and distant sessions or virtual course or project course or intensive course or educationalisation.

Students' performance is graded on the following scale: Excellent (5), Very good (4), Good (3), Satisfactory (2), Fair (1), Fail (0).
A link to the joint assessment grid. The assessment of one’s own learning.

Course teacher(s)
Hanna Harilainen, Tiina Siilasto

Learning materials
Materials to be announced in the implementation plan.