OPM 792: Applied Seminar Procurement

This applied seminar revolves around a field study and combines readings in procurement with the work as consultants to a business. Organized in small teams, participants will work on specific procurement-related problems, defined in collaboration with companies. At the end of the seminar, each team will present a solution to the specific problem, based on the relevant literature and their own analyses. Results are summarized in a written report and an oral presentation.

Learning outcomes
In the seminar, students will apply their knowledge in procurement and supply chain management by consulting with a business organization in a project. The consultancy project can revolve around a) analyzing current opportunities and / or problems in procurement, b) developing concepts to capture opportunities and / or solve problems, c) making a proposal of how to implement the suggested concepts. Participants will learn:

  • how to analyze and solve procurement-related problems,
  • how to carry out a practice-oriented project, rooted in the academic literature,
  • how to apply procurement knowledge and link it to a wide array of business disciplines such as strategy organization, marketing, or information systems.

Necessary prerequisites
Attendance of at least one module OPM 6xx (parallel attendance is possible) or an equivalent module within an exchange program

Recommended prerequisites
OPM 591 and OPM 692 or equivalent modules within exchange programs; project management skills

Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Seminar2 SWS15 SWS
ECTS credits6
Graded yes
LanguageGerman, English
Form of assessmentWritten report (75%, scope depends on the assigned topic), presentation (25%)
Restricted admissionyes
Further information
Performing lecturer
Prof. Dr. Christoph Bode
Prof. Dr. Christoph Bode
Frequency of offeringSpring semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Range of applicationM.Sc. MMM, M.Sc. Bus. Edu.
Preliminary course work
Program-specific Competency GoalsCG 1, CG 2, CG 4
LiteratureThere is no mandatory textbook. All relevant course materials will be provided.
Auxiliary readings:
  • Hair, J. F., Black, W. C., Babin, B., Anderson, R. E., & Tatham, R. L. (2006). Multivariate Data Analysis (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Flick, U. (2002). An Introduction to Qualitative Research. Sage.
  • Yin, R. K. (2009). Case study research: Design and Methods (4th ed.). Sage.
Course outlinePart 1: Seminar kick-off meeting (general guidelines for conducting a scientific literature review and practice-oriented research
Part 2: Company kick-off meeting
Part 3: Company presentation