Global supply networks and supply chains are an essential part of today’s business.
Extracting competitiveness and increasing sustainability for a company from its supply networks and chains requires special skills, competencies and tools for exploring and managing global supply networks.
The Master’s Programme in Supply Management is unique in Finland, providing expertise on strategic supply and supplier management. The program corresponds to the growing needs of today’s business by educating open-minded, innovative managers in the fields of supply management and purchasing.
Supply management is a cross-functional activity of a firm, requiring a broad understanding of international business. Your studies will integrate strategic management, international business and relationship management in supply networks.
In this program, you will focus on supply strategies, global challenges of sourcing, and the development of purchasing and supply chains.
Your studies will aggregate theories and concepts of business and technology and present recent applications and methods in the field, thus promoting your problem-solving, decision-making and analytical skills. You will gain specialized knowledge about the elements of supply strategies and factors of interaction in supply networks.
The studies include interactive case studies, company assignments, group work, independent exercises, literature studies and lectures. About 95% of the program’s Master’s thesis are based on real-life business problems and are prepared for companies or public sector organizations.
As a graduate, you will take an integrative approach to different business disciplines and functions of a firm and will be able to analyze and solve complex business problems in the field of supply management.
As a graduate, you will have:
- competence in evaluating supply management and sourcing challenges and opportunities. You will be a supply management professional who can draw justified conclusions and analytically discuss the implications of produced research results;
- skills to evaluate the consequences of business decisions critically from a responsibility perspective; you will have a profound understanding of discipline-specific responsibility issues;
- a professional network through practical assignments and a Master’s thesis for a company.
The studies connect two perspectives: the internal viewpoint of organizing and aligning supply management according to the firm’s strategy, and the external viewpoint consisting of supplier relationships and supply network management.
The program includes core, advanced specialization, minor and language studies. Obligatory core and advanced specialization courses can be completed during the first study year.
Core studies, 42 ECTS credits, include courses on strategic supply management and supply chain financing, sustainable global sourcing, supplier relationship management and service business.
Advanced specialization studies, 18 ECTS credits, include courses on risk management and supply chain improvement, and external resource management.
Minor studies, at least 24 ECTS credits, may deal with international marketing, sustainability, digitalization and business analytics, or international business and entrepreneurship.
Language studies, 6 ECTS credits.
The Master’s thesis, 30 ECTS credits, is an advanced research project completed during the fourth semester. The Master’s thesis requires approximately six months of full-time work.
Successful companies currently rely on the skills of supply management experts to keep their goods and services flowing to the market quickly, efficiently, and as cost-effectively as possible.
Many career opportunities will open up to you. You will be able to find specialist and management positions in both the public and private sectors as well as in global and local companies in the fields of supply management, international business, logistics, supply chain management and consulting.
Examples of such positions include global sourcing director, supply manager, category manager and strategic buyer.