Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Management
Logistics and Supply Chain Management (SCM) focuses on the effective and efficient management of the products and services lifecycle. Successful SCM is imperative for any competitive business. Our research and teaching is targeted at transportation, sourcing strategies, facility logistics, optimisation, inter-firm relationship management, behavioural operations, and sustainability.
As RSM we facilitate the success of Netherlands and Rotterdam as home to the biggest sea port in Europe. This region is an international gateway to the massive markets of Western Europe. The Dutch logistics sector employs over 750,000 people and adds about €40 billion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Distribution centres for American and Asian multinational companies are located here, and the Netherlands’ position has been strengthened by the trend for outsourcing and off-shoring production to the Far East.So logistics knowledge is increasingly important to sustain turnover in the Netherlands, and our research here aims to provide it.
Our dedicated SCM researchers have included elements of SCM in all of RSM’s bachelor programmes and several of its master programmes, as well as a dedicated and specialised MSc in Supply Chain Management.
About the Supply Chain section
Meaningful impact is integral to all our research endeavours. Offering research excellence in the dynamic fields of design, management, optimisation, co-ordination and planning, our Supply Chain Management faculty members are right at the very heart of Europe’s most important and advanced logistical hub – the Netherlands. Our long-standing excellence in academic study means we not only collaborate hand-in-hand with industry, but also play an integral part in setting national and international research agendas.
- Sustainability and supply chain optimisation (including service logistics)
Developing analytical approaches to improve the economic and environmental performance of supply chains. Some of this research is organised through ERIM’s Closed Loop Supply Chain centre.
- Terminal optimisation
Optimisation of warehouse, port terminal and cross-dock operations, with related material handling systems. Work on port terminals is done within the SmartPort@Erasmus and material handling research is organised via the Material Handling Forum.
- Transportation management
A subtheme to improve the performance of passenger and cargo transportation systems. Research is organised through the SmartPort@Erasmus and the Erasmus Centre for Optimization in Public Transport (ECOPT).
- Operations management
Studying behavioural operations management and purchasing and supply management is organised through the Purchasing and Supply Management Centre.
The SCM section offers a dedicated and specialised Master programme in Supply Chain Management and an executive Master Programme in Customs and Supply Chain Compliance. Together with the Erasmus School of Economics, we offer an executive Master Programme in Maritime Economics & Logistics and contribute to various open and customized executive programs in Operations and Supply Chain Management.
Moreover, we offer courses in the area of Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Operations Management and Management Science in a great number of RSM programmes, including the Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration (IBA), the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Bedrijfskunde), The International Full-time MBA, The Executive MBA (EMBA), The Global Executive OneMBA, The Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA, The Part-time Bedrijfskunde (PMB), and The Master in Management (MIM).