Online Master TSCM at VU University Amsterdam
An organizational and macro-economic perspective combined
As a student in the Master’s specialization in Transport & Supply Chain Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at VU University Amsterdam, you will become thoroughly familiar with the organization of flows of goods and services and related flows of money and information in supply chains and transportation networks. You will study core aspects including the organization, design, maintenance, usage and optimization of supply chain strategy, processes and cooperation in these networks. You will look at supply chains and transportation networks both from the perspective of individual companies (focused at e.g. transport and logistics processes) and from a macro-economic perspective (focused at e.g. government regulations and the environment).
Focus on complex trade-offs
Decision problems in supply chains and transport networks are by nature multi-faceted. Interrelationships between actors in a supply chain - businesses, public bodies, non-profit organizations - are extremely complex. Decisions cannot be judged on a single aspect only; focusing just on profit maximization is not enough for achieving sustainable growth. In this Master’s programme specialization, you will learn to capture and analyze complexity in supply chains and transport networks. You will become thoroughly familiar with the organization of flows of goods and services and related flows of money and information in supply chains and transportation networks. Core aspects include the organization, design, maintenance, usage and optimization of supply chain strategy, processes and cooperation in these networks. This multi-faceted approach to analyzing supply chains and transport networks will provide you with excellent opportunities for an outstanding career in this sector.
As a Transport & Supply Chain Management student, you will be able to perform research in the area of transport and supply chain management and you will be able to report on the results both to other researchers and to a variety of organizations in the form of management reports and research papers.
During your Master’s specialization in Transport & Supply Chain Management you will:
- gain broad knowledge of Transport and Supply Chain Management
- learn to recognize and be aware of recent scientific developments and industry best practices in the field of Transport & Supply Chain Management
- develop research and analytical skills for conducting research and supporting decision-making in the area of Transport & Supply Chain Management
- learn to report on conclusions and research results to a varied audience of professionals and academics from the field
- understand similarities in the behavior of transport companies belonging to different sectors
- learn to analyze and solve logistical problems at the company level and at the supply chain level using your knowledge of various disciplines
- develop solution approaches for designing logistics strategies and processes and for controlling supply chains
- learn to identify the pitfalls and opportunities for companies with regard to cooperating in transport chains and supply chain management
- understand the impacts of government regulation on transport and supply chain management
A small but international group
Supply chains and transport networks are international by nature and so is our group of students. Although you will study at a distance we will do all we can to make you part of our (relatively small) group of on-line students and large community of regular students. Our research and teaching staff has a strong international focus and performs research that is not only at the forefront of academic knowledge, but that is also relevant to society as a whole. As a student in the Transportation & Supply Chain Management specialization, you will have the opportunity to participate in our exciting and cutting-edge research. Here are two examples.
- Free local public transport: does it make sense?
A frequently expressed policy aim is to increase the use of public transport. One of the instruments to do this is to make local public transport (bus, tram, metro) free. This might lead to inefficiencies in local public transport and increased demand for national public transport (train) accompanied by a decrease in roadway congestion. The cost-effectiveness of such an approach can be studied by means of a cost-benefit analysis.
- Managing the supply chain of banknotes
Everyone uses them but how often do we wonder how their supply chain is managed? Banknotes. Cash dispensers need to be replenished with banknotes but how often and which banknotes are needed – and in which quantities – to guarantee high levels of service to consumers? What are efficient and effective ATM replenishment and maintenance strategies? How can we integrate the flows of cash to and from ATM’s with the flows of cash to and from retail outlets? The logistics research group received a 900K Euro grant in May 2014 to perform research in this area during the next 4 years.