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September 26, 2022


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This subject is a survey of the fundamental analytic tools, approaches, and techniques which are useful in the design and operation of logistics systems and integrated supply chains.

The material is taught from a managerial perspective, with an emphasis on where and how specific tools can be used to improve the overall performance and reduce the total cost of a supply chain. We place a strong emphasis on the development and use of fundamental models to illustrate the underlying concepts involved in both intra and inter-company logistics operations.

While our main objective is to develop and use models to help us analyze these situations, we will make heavy use of examples from industry to provide illustrations of the concepts in practice. This is neither a purely theoretical nor a case study course, but rather an analytical course that addresses real problems found in practice.

Course Curriculum

  • Supply chain fundamentals and segmentation analysis Unlimited
  • Demand forecasting I: Time series analysis Unlimited
  • Demand forecasting II: Causal analysis Unlimited
  • Demand forecasting III: New product forecasting Unlimited
  • Demand forecasting IV: Connections to planning and management Unlimited
  • Inventory management I: Level demand, EOQ, sensitivity Unlimited
  • Inventory management II: EOQ extensions, discounts, exchange curves, etc. Unlimited
  • Inventory management III: Time-varying demand (fixed horizon) Unlimited
  • Inventory management IV: Probabilistic demand, safety stock Unlimited
  • Inventory management V Unlimited
  • Problem solving session Unlimited
  • Inventory management VI Unlimited
  • Inventory management VII Unlimited
  • Inventory management VIII Unlimited
  • Supply chain network design Unlimited
  • Supply chain contracts Unlimited
  • Auctions in supply chain management Unlimited
  • Transportation I Unlimited
  • Transportation II Unlimited
  • Transportation IV Unlimited
  • Transportation VI Unlimited

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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