The MIT Malaysia Supply Chain Management (MSCM) program will include both ‘taught’ and ‘research’ components. Every effort is made to balance the topics and workload in each module to allow the students to learn supply chain management theory and practice in the most effective manner. Since the scope of supply chain management education is very broad, enough flexibility is built into the program to encourage students to learn according to their own goals. The MSCM program has FIVE broad themes that are covered by various modules of requirements to enable students to obtain practical knowledge and skills in an academically rigorous way. Below are the curriculum for the courses offered in this program. Changes may be made to the offerings based on latest development in those field and feedback from stakeholders.
The Foundation module covers a series of mandatory general topics that are considered prerequisites to learning supply chain management concepts. These topics are covered at the beginning of the MSCM program to ensure a common understanding among all students in basic quantitative and qualitative skills.
The Core module includes a series of mandatory topics to ensure that students are equipped with the essential knowledge needed to lay a solid foundation in supply chain management. This foundation will allow the students to excel in their career and develop expertise in chosen area of specialization.
The Electives module is a collection of a number of advanced courses from which students can choose a subset to gain expertise in a particular area. A broad array of advanced topics are made available to allow every student to customize the program according to their own goals. Students must take at least 4 elective courses. Most students end up taking between 4-8 elective courses from the following list of topics currently available.
Thinking beyond boundaries and being inclusive in problem and solution consideration are more critical to global supply chain effectiveness than a domain specific solution. To this end, students will travel to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA to interact with other three SCALE network center students around the world. A series of guest lectures by top supply chain industry leaders will expose students to a successful professional and another practical view from Industry.
Please note: Traveling to MIT for the purpose of the IAP is subject to the student obtaining the necessary US visa as required. While it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the visa, MISI will assist by providing supporting documentation.
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The Research module involves independent research to cement what students have learnt in various courses and field work during the program. Every student must complete a Masters thesis to demonstrate the ability to study a complex topic in a practical yet scholarly rigorous manner. To ensure that the research effort is meaningful and unique, students are encouraged to select topics according to their interest that are relevant to the industry – keeping in line with the overall philosophy of MISI to undertake applied research. The corporate sponsored theses are done either in pairs or individually in attempting to answer research questions raised by the sponsoring companies.
Every effort is made by the MSCM program to turn this academic requirement into an opportunity for students to conceive and execute independent research on a topic of their choice. The SCALE graduates often reflect on their thesis as one of the most challenging and rewarding components of this Masters program.
Supply Chain Management Process Re-engineering
This elective provides generic knowledge and application skills in initiating and implementing a reengineering project. It will provide students the opportunity to apply, demonstrate and practice the skills learnt to identify processes for reengineering to implement the change to meet business objectives.
Supply Chain Design and Strategy
This course examines supply chain design decisions from a strategic perspective. The course uses Hau Lee’s (2004) concepts of supply chain agility, alignment, and adaptability to guide the exploration of the domain of Supply Chain Strategy using case studies. The course is designed to allow students to develop better understanding of the strategic aspects of Supply Chain by understanding both (a) how firms can organize their value chain functions and supply chain partnerships to create synergy among them and (b) how firms can create value in the product supply chains.
The following topics will be discussed from theoretical and practical perspectives. Some topics are to be taught in lectures while others are to be presented and discussed by students as can be seen in the following list.
- EOQ with extensions
- Pooling and postponement
- Formulation and analysis using stochastic dynamic programming: Optimality of the base-stock policy and the (s,S) policy
- Revenue management as a newsvendor problem with applications to the airline industry
- Multi-echelon inventory management
- Multi-product inventory models with economic complementarity
- Joint inventory and price management for single or multiple products: Paper presentation/discussion led by students
Analytical Methods for Supply Chain Management
Covers the primary methods of analysis required for supply chain management decision making. During the lectures, students will solve various practical problems using simulation, linear programming, integer programming, statistical and other techniques. The work is primarily team based with a final exam.
Thesis Seminar: Research Methods
This module covers thesis process, technical writing, and executive summary. Seminar organizes students into groups for feedback. Meets intermittently throughout the term.
Know Thyself Leadership Skill Building Workshop
Designed to enhance students’ ability to manage and lead in challenging times through a series of self-assessment instruments, case studies, and workshops. The objectives are to increase awareness of their strengths and weaknesses as leaders, provide a battery of instruments and surveys to help them to understand the way to operate in an organizational setting, and offer strategies and tips on how to leverage their strengths and work on areas in need of development.
Introduction to supply chain management from both analytical and practical perspectives. Stressing a unified approach, the course allows the student to develop a framework for making intelligent decisions within the supply chain. Key logistics functions are covered to include demand planning, procurement, inventory theory and control, transportation planning and execution, reverse logistics, and flexible contracting. Concepts explored include postponement, portfolio management, dual sourcing, and others. Emphasis is placed on being able to recognize and manage risk, analyse various trade-offs, and model logistics systems.
Case Studies in Logistics & Supply Chain Management
A combination of lectures and cases covering the strategic, tactical, and operational issues in contemporary logistics and integrated supply chain management. Includes: logistics strategy; supply restructuring and change management; and distribution, customer service, and inventory policy.
Database, Internet, & Systems Integration Technologies
Survey of information technology covering database modelling, design, and implementation with an emphasis on relational databases and SQL. Internet technologies: http, html, XML, SOAP, security. Brief introduction to components and middleware. Introduction to design and implementation of multi-tier architectures, benchmarks, and performance. Data networking protocols and technologies. Students complete project that covers requirements/design, data model, database implementation, website, and system architecture.
Supply Chain Leadership
This course reinforces supply chain concepts covered in prerequisite coursework and develops management and teamwork skills. The focus is on practical rather than theoretical, tools, methodologies, and approaches that students will use throughout their supply chain career. The course includes guest lectures and a large-scale, team-based simulation game. The course is taught jointly with students from the MIT Global SCALE Network.
Supply Chain Finance
This course links supply chain management to the financial systems and objectives of the corporation. It emphasizes how the supply chain creates value for both the shareholders of the company and the stakeholders affected by the company’s operations. The sessions are a combination of lectures and cases from the manufacturer, distributor, and retailer perspectives that are rich with data. Topics include: supply chain valuation, activity based costing, cash flow projections, working capital management, trade finance.
Introduction to systems thinking and system dynamics modelling applied to strategy, organizational change, and policy design. Students use simulation models, management flight simulators, and case studies to develop conceptual and modelling skills for the design and management of high-performance organizations in a dynamic world. Case studies of successful applications of system dynamics in growth strategy, management of technology, operations, supply chains, product development, and others. Considers strategic issues such as business cycles, market growth and stagnation, the diffusion of new technologies, the misuse of forecasts, and rationality of managerial decision making and principles for effective use of modelling in the real world.
Application-oriented introduction to systems optimization focusing on understanding system trade-offs. Introduces modelling methodology (linear, network, integer, nonlinear programming, and heuristics), modelling tools (sensitivity and post optimality analysis), software, and applications in production planning and scheduling, inventory planning, supply network optimization, project scheduling, telecommunications, facility sizing and capacity expansion, product development, yield management, electronic trading, and finance.
International Supply Chain Management
An overview of globalization and the international environment: the international marketing, international finance and supply chain interface; global strategy for logistics and supply chain management; global supply chain models; role of government intervention and regulations; the role of international air and ocean carriers. Emphasis on both strategy formulation and implementation.
Introduction to Operations Management
Introduces students to problems and analysis related to the design, planning, control, and improvement of manufacturing and service operations. Includes process analysis, project analysis, materials management, production planning and scheduling, quality management, supply chain management, reengineering, design for manufacturing, capacity and facilities planning, and operations strategy.
Supply Chain Planning
Focuses on effective supply chain strategies for companies that operate globally, with emphasis on how to plan and integrate supply chain components into a coordinated system. Students are exposed to concepts and models important in supply chain planning with emphasis on key trade-offs and phenomena. Introduces and utilizes key tactics such as risk pooling and inventory placement, integrated planning and collaboration, and information sharing.
This course begins by preparing you to help sort and explore data. The goal is to help identify, understand and communicate the problems at hand. With this you will be able to highlight the occurrences of events and study patterns of interest, their frequency, duration and volume and suggest flags where data needs to be drilled down and looked into more carefully. You will learn to complete root cause analysis using statistical techniques such as regression to help answer the questions identified. This leads to the next module where by exploring the data available at hand, through techniques such as forecasting and predictive modelling you gain insights into the future which will allow you to take corrective actions and act proactively. This course then leads you to optimization where given limited resources, constraints at hand and competing objectives, you learn how you can use innovation in making better decisions and improve your business.
International Transportation System
The course aims at providing an in depth understanding of different maritime modes (Bulk, Tanker, Container, LNG Ferry, Cruise etc) and nodes (Container terminals, tanker terminals etc) focusing on the market dynamics, characteristics and operations involved. With the use of theory and case studies the key role of maritime transportation leading to seamless supply chain integration strategies will be illustrated. By the end of the course students are expected to have a very good understanding of markets, operations, management, logistics and supply chain management applications of the maritime industry.
Provides the unifying framework for analyzing strategic issues in manufacturing. analysis relationships between manufacturing managers and their suppliers, customers, competitors, senior management, and hourly workers. Also covers decisions in technology, facilities, global markets’ vertical integration, and other strategic areas. Explores means of competition, such as cost, quality, and innovativeness.
Provides an overview of the major areas in marketing, including the assessment of consumer needs, market segmentation, targeting and positioning, product design and branding, pricing, advertising, forecasting demand, survey design, and consumer psychology.
Explores how logistics management principles apply in dynamic, resource-constrained contexts, ranging from humanitarian crisis response to systems that sustain livelihoods. Sessions combine interactive presentations, case discussions, and guest speakers from humanitarian organizations. Provides an introduction to supply chain design and management in the humanitarian context to accommodate students from various backgrounds.
Management Accounting and Control
Introduces participants to the language and methodologies of internal accounting practices. Topics include cost allocations, activity-based costing, absorption costing, standard costing, transfer pricing, and performance measurement and evaluation. Major focus is on identifying which information is useful or potentially misleading.
Covers theory and methods to identify, value, and implement flexibility in design. Use of flexible designs is a game-changing approach that often leads to spectacular increases in expected performance (30% and more). The course covers these topics: definition of uncertainties, simulation of performance for scenarios, screening models to identify desirable flexibility, decision and lattice analysis, and multidimensional economic evaluation. Students demonstrate proficiency through an extended application of their choice.
Economic Analysis for Business Decision
Introduces students to the principles of microeconomic analysis used in managerial decision-making. Topics include demand, cost and surplus analysis, the behavior of competitive and non-competitive markets, sources and uses of market power, and game theory and competitive strategy, with applications to various business and public policy decisions. Antitrust policy and other government regulations are also discussed.