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Online · School of Business · Graduate Business

Strategic Supply Chain Management

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

A comprehensive study of concepts, processes, and strategies used in the development and management of global supply chains. Topical coverage will include: supply chain management, production planning and inventory control, order fulfillment and supply chain coordination; and global supply chain design, logistics and outsourcing.



BUSI 700 and 710


BUSI 740 builds upon the advanced concepts and techniques learned in the preceding courses. It provides a broad introduction to many of the critical aspects of supply chain management. Through the use of cases studies and research, the student will examine and discuss the basic topics of inventory management, distribution systems, and customer value, as well as the more advanced topics of business processes and information technology, risk management, and issues in supply chain management that are the result of globalized markets.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop a supply chain design which is aligned with the business model of a manufacturing or service entity (Synthesis, DBA PLO 1).
  2. Defend alternative strategies for information sharing and lead-time compression within a supply chain coordination structure and their potential impact on organizational performance (Evaluation, DBA PLO 2).
  3. Evaluate the legal and political implications of regional and cultural differences that would impact the design of an international supply chain (Evaluation, DBA PLO 3).
  4. Design an implementation process for a strategic alliance that includes information sharing and shared responsibility for processes and infrastructure as would be found in a vendor managed inventory system (Synthesis, DBA PLO 3).
  5. Defend the timing and implementation of the decision to bring a new supplier into the new product development process (Evaluation, DBA PLO 2).
  6. Write a doctoral-level literature review related to course concepts (Synthesis, DBA PLO 2).
  7. Construct a Thematic Integration of Faith and Learning Paper that integrates course concepts with a biblical worldview (Synthesis, DBA PLO 4).

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Keller, Tim & Alsdorf, Katherine. 2012.  Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. Penguin Random House LLC. New York, New York.  ISBN: 9780525952701 (hard copy) 9781594632822 (paperback) 9781101600337 (VitalSource ebook).

Simchi-Levi, D., Kaminsky, P., & Simchi-Levi, E. (2008). Designing and managing the supply chain: Concepts, strategies and case studies (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Richard D. Irwin, Inc. ISBN: 9780073341521.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word

(Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)

Course Assignments

All Case Discussion Forums, Case Studies, and the Literature Review must have an index score in SafeAssign of 27% or less.

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Group Discussion Board Forums (4)

This course requires 4 distinct group discussion forums. The specific requirements, point weightings, grading rubrics, and due dates are listed in the Course Content section of Blackboard.

Case Studies (4)

This course requires 4 distinct Case Studies. The specific requirements, point weightings, grading rubrics, and due dates are listed in the Course Content section of Blackboard.

Literature Review

This course requires 1 Literature Review. The specific requirements, point weightings, grading rubrics, and due dates are listed in the Course Content section of Blackboard.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Group Discussion Board Forums (4 at 60 pts ea)


Case Studies (1 at 80 pts and 3 at 90 pts ea)


Literature Review




Course Policies


The mission of the DBA program is to provide an opportunity for qualified students to attain academic, professional, and practical competence—within the Christian worldview—which prepares students for opportunities, and corresponding additional responsibilities, beyond the master's degree level. The DBA program emphasizes practical and real-world applications in both the course work and the major applied doctoral research project requirements.

The vision of the DBA program is to produce graduates with intellectual and professional competencies in the following areas:

  • the ability to present and defend arguments based on theories, concepts, and empirical evidence in matters relating to research methodology and research design, as well as those relating to the business disciplinary domain in which the research is located;
  • the ability to demonstrate the capacity for reflective and analytical business thinking;
  • the ability to draw together relevant concepts and theories from different business disciplines in order to gain a better understanding of the organizational context in which particular problems or opportunities arise;
  • the ability to analyze problems and issues arising in business and management contexts, utilizing relevant theories, concepts, and empirical findings;
  • the ability to identify and analyze questions and issues in business; and
  • the ability to design, implement, and successfully conclude empirical research projects.

Each of the above will be considered in light of biblical principles, and be integrated within the Christian worldview.

The DBA program philosophy supports both the program mission and vision, and is as follows. PhD programs in business focus intensively on preparing candidates for academic careers and to conduct highly specialized academic research, i.e., the development of new theory in business and other related business fields. Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programs focus on the application of theory rather than on the development of new theory. While also intended to prepare graduates for academic careers, the DBA, by virtue of its focus on application of theory, has more practical application in managerial settings than the PhD.

Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct is strictly prohibited. See the Graduate Catalog for specific definitions, penalties, and processes for reporting.


Feedback on each phase of the Applied Doctoral Research Project will be conducted. Due to the extensive amount of work that students are placing into each submission, faculty take extreme care to provide substantive feedback to each student. Consequently, students should expect feedback on assignments within (5) days. Each assignment has been notated as to the maximum amount of time a student may expect to have feedback returned.


Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at

Grading Scale

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1000 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.


BUSI 740

Textbooks: Keller, Tim & Alsdorf, Katherine.  Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. (2012).

Simchi-Levi, D., Kaminsky, P., & Simchi-Levi, E. Designing and managing the supply chain: Concepts, strategies and case studies (2008). 



Reading & Study


Syllabus Outcome



Simchi-Levi et al.: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

GDB Forum 1 - Thread

Case Study 1



A & C





Simchi-Levi et al.: chs. 3–4

1 presentation

GDB Forum 1 - Replies

A & B



Simchi-Levi et al.: chs. 5–6

1 presentation

GDB Forum 2 - Thread

Case Study 2


B & D




Simchi-Levi et al.: chs. 7–8

1 presentation

GDB Forum 2 - Replies




Simchi-Levi et al.: chs. 9–11

1 presentation

GDB Forum 3 - Thread

Case Study 3


B, C, & E




Simchi-Levi et al.: chs. 12

1 presentation

GDB Forum 3 - Replies




Simchi-Levi et al.: chs. 13–14

1 presentation

GDB Forum 4 - Thread

Case Study 4






Keller: entire book

Simchi-Levi et al.: ch. 15

1 presentation

GDB Forum 4 - Replies

Literature Review


F & G





GDB = Group Discussion Board

*The Group Discussion Board Forums are a unified assignment. The student will earn 1 grade for the thread and replies for each forum.