The objective of the course is to introduce students to the strategic importance of good supply chain management practices. Students will be taught to understand how good supply chain management can be a competitive advantage, whereas weaknesses in the supply chain can hurt the performance of a firm. Within the strategic framework, students will be taught to identify facilities, inventory, transportation, information, sourcing, and pricing as the key drivers of supply chain performance. This course also aims at showing students how these drivers may be used on a conceptual and practical level during supply chain design, planning, and operation to improve organizational performance. For each driver of supply chain performance, the goal is to provide students with practical managerial levers and concepts that may be used to improve supply chain performance. Utilizing these managerial levers requires knowledge of analytic methodologies for supply chain analysis.