OPM 544: Planning Resilient Supply Chains – recent concepts and technologies

Resilient Value Chains, end-to-end planning processes to address risk and disruptions, machine learning to support a robust self-driving supply chain and the consideration of sustainability in decisions – these are the concepts that modern Supply Chain organizations need to master to achieve a competitive advantage for their enterprise.
Supply chain management involves the coordination of different parties within and across companies, such as sales and marketing affiliates, manufacturing sites, logistics, suppliers, and customers. With increasing size of an organization and its supply chain structures, and frequent supply shortages, disruptions, and demand peaks, global supply chain management (SCM) requires adequate processes, visibility, and decision support. Advanced Planning Systems like SAP IBP (Integrated Business Planning), enhanced by modern technologies like Risk engines, digital twins, optimization, and machine learning are used to standardize global planning processes and to solve the required planning tasks from the strategical to the operational level, such as statistical forecasting, inventory and supply network planning. Decoupled and parameter driven operating models like the Demand-Driven operating model help to manage the highly digital interlinked Supply Chains and form the backbone of global supply chain planning today.
This course discusses how SCM, end-to-end planning, Risk considerations and Demand-Driven Adaptive Planning principals, supported by integrated business planning systems, are crucial for companies, addressing new challenges with modern concepts and technologies. Key topics include demand planning, supply network planning, production planning & scheduling, as well as other related topics, such as global availability check, inventory & supply network replenishment.

Learning outcomes
Students will understand the necessity and benefits of holistic planning processes, risk & sustainability considerations as well as Demand-Driven Adaptive Supply Chain Planning Systems for corporate SCM. The concepts and system solutions will be illustrated using

  • real world examples from different industries like consumer goods, semiconductors, or pharma,
  • show cases with system demos applying e.g. optimizer technologies to mitigate disruptions and
  • business games like the Camelot DDMRP Business Game to visualize the impact of the concepts.
This will promote the understanding of how these concepts and systems are applied and used within the Sales & Operations Process, and how they are implemented within various organizations. Students will also get an introduction into SAP SCM and SAP IBP, one of the leading Advanced and Integrated Business Planning Systems in SCM, and they will get some insights into the work of Supply Chain consultants and their projects, daily work, challenges and experiences.

Necessary prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites
Participants should be familiar with the fundamentals of operations and supply chain management, as covered, e.g., in the modules OPM 501, OPM 502, and OPM 561.

Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Lecture2 SWS9 SWS
ECTS credits4
Graded yes
Form of assessmentWritten exam (90 min)
Restricted admissionyes
Further information
Performing lecturer
Dr. Ulrich Wetterauer
Ulrich Wetterauer
Frequency of offeringFall semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Range of applicationM.Sc. MMM, M.Sc. Bus. Edu., M.Sc. Econ., M.Sc. Bus. Inf., M.Sc. Bus. Math., MAKUWI
Preliminary course work
Program-specific Competency GoalsCG 1, CG 2
LiteratureNo overall textbook; specific literature will be communicated in the course
Course outlineTentative outline (subject to change):
  • Role of integrated business planning systems
  • Demand planning
  • Supply network planning
  • Production planning & scheduling
  • Demand Driven Materials Requirement Planning (DDMRP)
  • Demand Driven Rhythm Wheel Planning (DDRWP)
  • Demand Driven Sales & Operations Planning (DDS&OP)