AM510512 - Global sourcing and supply network management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 60/100 4 hours HJELPEMIDD
Approved report 40/100 2 weeks

Course content

This course focuses on the strategic challenges confronting firms that compete in the global economy. Basically, it centres around the key question on how firms can exploit internal/external and global opportunities to create a competitive advantage. As such it addresses questions on how to build the necessary global presence, how to organize firms supply networks and what is the optimal location for the various value chain activities. In relation to these issues we will draw on several theoretical disciplines that are applied in research in international business.

Learning outcome


  • Have thorough knowledge of theory and models of global value chains and supply networks
  • Have in-depth knowledge with respect to strategic drivers and risks of global sourcing
  • Understand how costs can be managed for better value creation
  • Develop a certain awareness of ethical issues that can arise when sourcing globally


  • Be able to model the supply network of a firm
  • Be able to analyze which country a firm should consider for their sourcing projects
  • Be able to assess a make-buy decision in analytical and strategic terms


  • Be able to apply strategic thinking to sourcing decisions and communicate this with various stakeholders

Learning methods and activities

The course consist of a combination of lectures, casework, discussions and presentations. The course is designed as three-hour lectures, each with one main topic. In each session, a lecture is combined with discussions of the core literature or a case. All required readings should be completed before the actual lecture. Guest lecturers will facilitate application of global sourcing concepts and theories to real-life business situations. Mandatory attendance is required during guest lecture sessions. If the candidate does not attend he/she must hand in a two page assignment covering the topic lectured in order to get access to take the school exam.

Further on evaluation

Hence, we operate with mandatory attendance for all guest lectures.

To pass this course, participants must handle in a mandatory group assignment and a final individual written exam. The group assignment will account for 40% of the total course grade. Both are graded A-F

Students who have legitimate reasons for an absence or have failed the written exam, can retake this exam the following semester/ term. In the event of a failed grade on the group assignment, the entire course must be repeated. If a student wants to improve an already passed grade, the entire course must be repeated.

Required previous knowledge

This course is only available to students who have been admitted to the following programmes:

  • Master in International Business and Marketing, at Department of International Business (NTNU Aalesund)
  • Master in Business Administration, at Trondheim Business School (NTNU Trondheim)
  • Master in Financial Economics, and Master in Economics, at Department of Economics (NTNU Trondheim)
  • Master in Entrepreneurship
  • Master in Industrial Economics and Technology Management, at Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management (NTNU Trondheim)

Course materials

A selection of acknowledged articles derived from the fields of International Business and Global Supply chain management.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Economics and Administration
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of International Business


Examination arrangement: Assignment and written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Approved report 40/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD School exam 60/100 HJELPEMIDD 2023-12-01 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
C226 Ankeret/Hovedbygget 0
Gymsal Laterna/Lab-bygg 10
Spring UTS School exam 60/100 HJELPEMIDD 2024-06-05 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
G328B Gnisten/Fagskolen 3
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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