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Supply-Chain Analytics

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  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits:
  • Schedule: Spring Semester 2018-2019, 4.0h. course (weekly average)
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The objective of this course is to equip participants with analytical tools to support decision making in managing operations and supply chains. We begin from basic concepts taught in the bachelor course Gestion des opérations, and develop the ability to use these concepts in an industrial setting.



  1. Process learning and improvement
  2. System dynamics modeling
  3. Incorporating demand risk into supply-chain decision making
  4. Valuing supply-chain responsiveness
  5. Replenishment
  6. Demand simulation and games
  7. Capacity planning and management
  8. Cellular manufacturing
  9. Managing process lead time

Course organization

Cases are used to give participants experience in applying analytical tools. The course will meet twice weekly. It is designed together with Operations Strategy for participants wanting a more in-depth grounding.

Participants' knowledge of technical material is tested through quizzes. Their understanding and ability to apply knowledge is tested through ForClass discussions.


Required course materials

  • Case studies available on the Harvard University website.
  • Other course materials will be distributed via Moodle.

Participants are required to acquire course materials from the Harvard Business School Press. The expected cost will be around CHF 50.


  • MS Excel
  • Maple TA and ForClass web-based software will be used during the course. Details will be available on Moodle.
  • Games and simulations.


  • Gestion des opérations for HEC students or a similar introductory course for operations is required
  • Participants are expected to be familiar with the basics of statistics and MS Excel.


First attempt

Without exam (cf. terms)  

The course evaluation will be based on

  • Computer-based assessment (short exams) (3x1h Maple TA) 45%
  • Case pre-class and in-class assignments (ForClass) 20%
  • Two project assignments (group assignment) 30%
  • Participation (in class or on the Forum), discretionary 5%


Without exam (cf. terms)  

  • Grades received from participation, assignments, and the games will be retained.
  • A 2-hour computer-based online assessment will be conducted in the CEI during the exam session that will replace the original grades (45%) from the computer-based assessment. During that assessment, all documentation is permitted, and any calculator generally accepted for exams at HEC. The computer screen must remain on the quiz and in fullscreen mode during the entire session.

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