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International Logistics


Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Michael Weingärtner


This course is only being offered during the summer term.

Saturday 10:00 - 17:00 HS13

First session: 15.03.2014

Last session: 17.05.2014

Midterm exam 12.04.2014 10:00 - 11:30

Endterm exam 17.05.2014 10:00 - 11:30


Course description

Globalisation of sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution activities requires an effective design and efficient operation of logistics processes. The course provides the participants with a broad understanding of supply chain design and operations in an international context. Besides institutional aspects of global logistics networks and markets, planning concepts to support strategic, tactical and operational decisions in logistics are presented. Special topics covered in this course include recent developments in humanitarian, reverse and service logistics.

Learning objectives

The course’s learning objectives are to

  • understand the challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls in the design of global supply chains and the economic trade-offs that have to be resolved,
  • gather a theoretical understanding of logistics systems and learn to apply analytical skills and planning tools to provide decision support in global procurement, manufacturing, distribution and transportation,
  • give an overview about logistics markets and specific developments in humanitarian logistics, reverse logistics and service parts management.


Lectures introduce problems and concepts in international logistics. Guest lectures from invited practitioners show real world challenges and implications. The lectures are supported by home assignments and case study discussions. To understand the overall complexity of global logistics networks, a business game will be played during the course of the semester.


  • Home assignments (20%)
  • Term project (20%)
  • Midterm exam (30%)
  • Final exam (30%)


Stock, J.R., Lambert, D.M. (2001), Strategic Logistics Management, 4th edition, McGraw-Hill

Ballou, R.H. (2004), Business Logistics/Supply Chain Management, 5th edition, Prentice Hall

Bowersox, D.J, Closs, D.J., Cooper M.B. (2010) Supply Chain Logistics Management, 3rd Edition, McGraw-Hill

Production and Operations Management with International Focus
Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics
University Vienna
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