Global Logistics and Transportation Management

In this course, students will be introduced to logistics and transportation management as key elements of an effective global supply chain strategy and design. Transportation has been called the "glue" that holds supply chains together. Logistics Management is the art and science of purposefully engineering and coordinating systems and processes that allow transportation, distribution and storage networks to work together efficiently, effectively, and seamlessly. The four primary modes of transportation – road, rail, marine and air – will be reviewed in order to better understand the particular features, benefits and limitations of each, and how they link together through a concept called "inter-modalism". Students will learn about the importance of transportation security in the context of new risks that face modern supply chains. Students will better appreciate the economic impact that transportation has upon businesses and firms. The role of the Logistics Manager role in corporate strategy development will be explored.