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Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Code: MGT4LG215
Extent: 5 ECTS (135 h)
Timing: 2nd – 6th semester
Language: English    
Level: Advanced Professional Studies
Type: Elective, Virtual

Starting level and linkage with other courses

The course has no special starting requirement, and it can be linked to the Master’s thesis. Additional material of basic Supply Chain Management theories is available for those not familiar with the context where sustainability is applied to in this course.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, the student is able to

  • Understand and describe sustainability as a strategic approach for supply chain management.
  • Apply problem identification, analysis and solving to sustainability.
  • Compare sustainability-related sources and models at an advanced level.
  • Apply sustainable supply chain management theories to practical supply chain contexts.
  • Develop sustainability guidelines or supplier code-of-conduct for his/her organization.
  • Combine sustainable supply chain management theories and the student’s own ideas to formulate new models.
  • Understand the significance of sourcing and supplier development in managing sustainability.
  • Apply teamwork and learning skills to knowledge and feedback sharing in social media designed for learning.

Recognising and validating prior learning (RPL)

If you have acquired the required competence in previous work tasks, recreational activities or on another course, you may show your competence with a demonstration and complete your studies faster. More information and instructions about RPL are available at MyNet.

Course contents

A company’s product or service is just as sustainable as all the companies involved in manufacturing the product or producing the service are. Understanding both the stakeholders’ sustainability requirements and the companies own aspiration level in sustainability helps companies to build a strong business case out of sustainability. The course Sustainable Supply Chain Management provides the students with the knowledge for creating that business case. The course includes three themes:

  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management theories and models
  • Sustainable supply chain as a business case & supplier sustainability risk
  • Sourcing’s role in sustainability - supplier development

Cooperation with the business community

Real-life examples from business. The students may share their business experiences in sustainable supply chain management.


The learning materials and practical examples are international.

Teaching and learning methods

Mobile learning platform (App) is in use for learning the relevant theories. Students watch short videos “on the go” and after the videos there are quizzes to active the learning. There are also real life case examples of sustainable supply chain management.

The course assignments relate to student’s own employer’s situation or students who do not have access to such data will work on a case provided by the teacher. The assignments are further analyzed in virtual teams. The learning approach is a virtual application of problem-based learning (PBL). Practical problems identified in the business contexts are solved through constructing knowledge in teams. Students search for information independently and apply theoretical knowledge to practice, sharing their learning in social media designed for learning.

In theme discussion, the main activities may be highlighted as follows:

  • Focusing on the problem and the learning objectives
  • Searching and analyzing information
  • Discussing the topic and building on each other’s comments
  • Applying theory to practical contexts and examples
  • Argumentation and critical thinking
  • Evaluation and sharing feedback

The instructor’s role is to facilitate the learning process. The instructor will participate in the theme discussions with guiding comments or feedback, when necessary.

Videos and quizzes on the mobile learning platform 47 h
Virtual theme discussions (preparation and participation) and concept maps 90 h

Assessment components and their respective weights

Virtual theme discussions 60%
Quizzes and concept maps 40%
Self-assessments Accepted/Failed

Contact teacher

Hanna Harilainen, Pasila, box 266
Phone and WhatsApp +358 40 488 7290

Assessment criteria

The course is evaluated on scale of 1 to 5 using the following criteria.

Table 1. Assessment Criteria for Sustainable Supply Chain Management







I can fully understand and very clearly describe sustainability as a strategic approach for supply chain management. My real-life examples supporting or challenging the theory are relevant and accurate. I use and combine different theories to present my own models. I am aware of other views of the knowledge I present. My use of theory and specific terminology is very accurate.

I explain the big picture in sustainability so clearly and logically that the others learn a great deal from me. I contemplate my learning process, explaining how the material has affected my thinking. I use the viewpoints of other students to enhance my own thinking and I see the connection between different perspectives.

I always generate new and useful ideas. I question different viewpoints and argue my opinions and ideas very clearly, so that the others understand my perspective. Reasoning is always visible in my talk. I justify my challenges and offer alternative hypotheses. I share my reasoning behind my talk. I can move between different perspectives and try them. If needed, I can adopt another person’s perspective and evaluate it critically. I seriously respond to and further develop what others have said. I put forth and demand knowledge that is accurate and relevant to the issue under discussion. I use evidence appropriate to the topic.


I can understand and clearly describe sustainability as a strategic approach for supply chain management. I present interesting real-life examples to support the theory. I use my findings to compare different theories and viewpoints.

I see the connection between sustainability theory and practice and I can explain it to the others. I explain causes and analyze the contents of my study.

I regularly generate new and useful ideas. I question different perspectives and my argumentation is very logical. I share my perspectives so that the others learn from me. I can come up with different categorizations and compare them effectively. In most cases, I can define relevant problems. My reasoning is mostly very clear and I consider different viewpoints before providing solutions to problems.


I can mostly understand and mostly describe sustainability as a strategic approach for supply chain management. I can describe the relevant concepts and apply them to new contexts. I can link the key theoretical concepts to the practical task to present the big picture.

I partly doubt my knowledge and my use of theoretical concepts is sometimes defective where deeper knowledge is concerned.

I often generate new ideas and question different viewpoints. My argumentation is mostly logical. I often succeed in making my point clear to the others. I can make logical categorizations and explain them quite clearly. I can often come up with relevant problems and find relevant solutions.


I can partly understand and partly describe sustainability as a strategic approach for supply chain management. I can describe the most relevant concepts and partly apply them to new contexts.

I can only partly explain the practical task with the key theoretical concepts. I have difficulty explaining my learning to the others.

I sometimes generate new ideas and question other students’ perspectives, showing effort in doing my best. My argumentation is often logical and I try my best to improve it. Sometimes I can come up with logical categorizations and relevant problems.


I can partly understand but only poorly describe sustainability as a strategic approach for supply chain management. I can identity, list and combine the main theoretical brand concepts.

I can only partly describe the sustainability theory but I have major difficulty in explaining the practical task by using the relevant theoretical concepts.

I sometimes but seldom generate new ideas and question other students’ perspectives. I sometimes ask questions when I don’t understand. My argumentation is often illogical but I show effort in tackling the issue under review. I understand various categorizations and problems when someone else explains them.


I cannot understand or describe sustainability as a strategic approach for supply chain management. I have missed the point of the task. My knowledge rests on intuition. I don’t understand or correctly use the theory or specific terminology.

I sometimes display effort and awareness of the learning objectives but I only partially fulfill the goals.

I fail to generate ideas or argue my opinions and perspectives. My reasoning rests on intuition.