This colloquium will be a historical inquiry into the following questions: Has Europe been Americanized? Have Europeans in the course of the 20th century been Coca-colonized or McDonaldized? Have Americans and Europeans grown increasingly alike with respect to adopting mass culture, consumer society, and market economies? If so why? What is the explanation for the seemingly irresistible power of Americanization? When did this process begin and what has America's role been in this process? Or, conversely, is Americanization an illusion? Has there been appropriation and resistance so that national identities and diversity have been sustained and even intensified? Has it provoked a search for identity in national or ethnic difference? Above all what does this transformation mean?OPIM 262 - Global Supply Chain Management
The emphasis of the course is the logistics or Supply Chain function in firms that source, produce, distribute and market in multiple nations. The management of the logistics in such firms differs from its domestic counterpart along several key dimensions. First, there is the need to be able to identify and analyze factors that differ across nations, which influence the effectiveness of this function. These include worker productivity, process adaptability, governmental concerns, transportation availability, and culture and so on. In addition, because of the distances involved, transportation and distribution are of greater significance. Finally, these geographically dispersed set of facilities and markets must be integrated and manage to enhance the strategy of the business unit. Therefore, some of the sessions of the course will focus on cross-national decisions and others will focus on managing across nations.
Throughout the course we will emphasize the role that emerging technologies are playing within the supply chain and e-commerce.
For the purposes of the course, the perspective will be that of the director of logistics or Supply Chain, vice-president of logistics or other, senior level general managers with primary responsibility for the production and distribution of manufactured products.
A major theme throughout the course is that sourcing, manufacturing and distribution are of primary importance in the formulation of business and corporate strategy. We want to look at the strategic decisions within logistics as they impact the ability of the firm to achieve its selected overall strategies.