15.762J | Spring 2011 | Graduate

Supply Chain Planning


Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 1.5 hours / session, 2 sessions / week for 6 weeks

Recitations: 1.5 hours / session, 1 session / week for 6 weeks


Students should have completed one of the following courses:

ESD.260J/ 1.260J/15.770J Logistics Systems

15.760 Introduction to Operations Management

15.761 Operations Management

Course Objective

To develop modeling skills and to provide new concepts and problem-solving tools applicable to the design and planning of supply chains.

Course Description

15.762J Supply Chain Planning focuses on effective supply chain strategies for companies that operate globally, with an emphasis on how to plan and integrate supply chain components into a coordinated system. Students are exposed to concepts and models important in supply chain planning with emphasis on key tradeoffs and phenomena. The course introduces and utilizes key tactics such as risk pooling and inventory placement, integrated planning and collaboration, and information sharing. Lectures, computer exercises, and case discussions introduce various models and methods for supply chain analysis and optimization.


Course readings will be assigned from the text:

Simchi-Levi, David, Philip Kaminsky, and Edith Simchi-Levi. Designing and Managing the Supply Chain. McGraw Hill/Irwin, 2007. ISBN: 9780073341521.

Additional readings may include journal papers and case studies. The following books may also be useful references or complements, and optional readings will be recommended from these texts:

Buy at MIT Press Simchi-Levi, David. Operations Rules. MIT Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780262014748.

Hopp, Wallace, and Mark Spearman. Factory Physics. 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2000. ISBN: 9780256247954.

Hopp, Wallace. Supply Chain Science. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2007. ISBN: 9780073403328.

Nahmias, Steven. Production and Operations Analysis. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2000. ISBN: 9780072417418.

Chopra, Sunil, and Peter Meindl. Supply Chain Management. 3rd ed. Prentice Hall, 2006. ISBN: 9780131730427.

Shapiro, Jeremy F. Modeling the Supply Chain. Southwestern College Pub, 2000. ISBN: 9780534373634.

Silver, Edward A., David F. Pyke, and Rein Peterson. Inventory Management and Production Planning and Scheduling. 3rd ed. Wiley, 1998. ISBN: 9780471119470.


Class participation 10
Problem sets (3 total, 10 points each) 30
Case write-ups (4 total, 20 points each) 80


1 Introduction and course overview  
2 Inventory models Inventory problem set assigned
3 Inventory systems Steel works case write- up due
4 Supply chain inventory models Supply contracts problem set assigned
5 Supply chain and postponement

Reebok case write- up due

Inventory problem set due

6 Supply contracts I Supply chain problem set assigned
7 Supply contracts II and procurement strategies  
8 Supply chain integration I  
9 Supply chain and product design HP network printer case write-up due
11 Supply chain modeling and optimization at Intel Supply contracts problem set due
11 Supply chain and safety stock placement Supply chain problem set due
12 Supply chain integration II Dell case write-up due
Learning Resource Types
Problem Sets
Written Assignments