SMF2010 - Purchasing & Supply Management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours H

Course content

  • Purchasing definitions and scope of purchasing
  • Role of Purchasing in the value chain
  • Purchasing processes
  • Purchasing strategy and strategic purchasing
  • Category management
  • Types of purchasing and supply organizations and structures
  • Contract strategy and contracts management
  • Negotiation strategy and tactics
  • Different types of sourcing types and their application.
  • Public procurement & competitive bidding processes
  • Supplier positioning tools and supplier preferencing models
  • Buyer-supplier interface management
  • Green/ sustainable purchasing

Learning outcome

In this course the students shall learn about the basic theory, tools and techniques of finding the right suppliers of goods and services which organizations need for their business operations and how best to maintain the right relationships with suppliers.

To do the above they will have knowledge:

  • To understand the role of purchasing in value creation process of the organization
  • To understand the importance of effective supplier management in the competitive advantage of an organization
  • To understand the sourcing tactics used in organizations to get the best offers from suppliers.


  • To apply different tools and techniques in the purchasing process to arrive at an optimal purchasing decision.
  • To be able develop supplier evaluation criteria for use in competitive tendering for public contracts.
  • To be able to develop negotiation strategies and applies one or more negotiation tools like BATNA, ZOPA etc into a negotiation process.


  • Have a basic understanding of the impact of purchasing decisions in business operations
  • Have a good understanding of why maintaining good supplier relationships is important for an organization
  • Reflect on the importance of good contract design and management in the purchasing process

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group assignments, practical exercises & assignments

Compulsory assignments

  • Oblig 2
  • Oblig

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Logistics Management (BLOG)

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TLOG2006 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 H 2023-12-18 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
T119 Topas 21
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 H INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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