Supply Chain Simulation

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This course is designed for supply chain professionals who want to develop a deep understanding of supply chain dynamics and the ability to use simulation tools to optimize supply chain performance. The course covers topics such as simulation modeling, analysis, and optimization of supply chain operations. Students will learn how to build and analyze supply chain models, perform sensitivity analyses, and evaluate the impact of different supply chain strategies on performance.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to Supply Chain Simulation
  • Overview of supply chain simulation
  • Types of supply chain simulations
  • Importance of supply chain simulation
  1. Building Supply Chain Models
  • Overview of supply chain modeling
  • Types of supply chain models
  • Techniques for building supply chain models
  1. Analysis of Supply Chain Models
  • Overview of supply chain analysis
  • Sensitivity analysis and scenario analysis
  • Techniques for analyzing supply chain models
  1. Optimization of Supply Chain Models
  • Overview of supply chain optimization
  • Techniques for supply chain optimization
  • Hands-on training with supply chain optimization software
  1. Evaluation of Supply Chain Strategies
  • Overview of supply chain strategy evaluation
  • Techniques for evaluating supply chain strategies
  • Best practices for supply chain strategy evaluation
  1. Implementation and Integration
  • Overview of implementation and integration
  • Best practices for implementing supply chain simulation
  • Integration with supply chain management systems


  • Basic knowledge of supply chain management concepts and principles.
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis and simulation techniques.

Recommended Textbook:

  • “Supply Chain Simulation: A System Dynamics Approach for Improving Performance” by Jose A.D. Machuca.


  • Midterm Exam (30%)
  • Final Exam (40%)
  • Supply Chain Simulation Project (30%)

Note: The course syllabus and assessment methods are subject to change based on instructor’s discretion.

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What Will You Learn?

  • 1. Understand the principles and techniques of supply chain simulation, including modeling, analysis, and optimization.
  • 2. Develop supply chain models and perform sensitivity analyses to evaluate the impact of different factors on supply chain performance.
  • 3. Optimize supply chain models to improve supply chain performance using advanced simulation software.
  • 4. Evaluate the impact of different supply chain strategies on supply chain performance and recommend the most effective strategies.
  • 5. Implement and integrate supply chain simulation tools and techniques into supply chain management systems.

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