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Supply Chain Innovation: How Technology Can Create a Sustainable Future

University of Twente via FutureLearn


Delve into the processes behind sustainable and global supply chains

Every product we use today is the result of a supply chain – a complex series of steps that turn raw materials into the final products we use. Managing these supply chains has become more challenging due to modern technologies and trends, such as the 24-hour economy and a focus on sustainability.

On this six-week course, you’ll discover the importance of managing supply chains, and how to overcome key challenges. You’ll understand how the global supply chain has become what it is today and how you can implement sustainable supply chain innovations.

Delving into different processes, you’ll finish the course with the knowledge of how supply chains can meet future economic, environmental, and social requirements.

Explore the role of information technology in supply chains

You’ll gain an introduction to information and communication technology (ICT) in supply chains, exploring both the history and current use of ICT.

You’ll learn how ICT technologies have enabled supply chain innovations and what the next generation of ICT in the supply chain will be.

Understand enterprise architecture

As you delve into business process management and modelling, you’ll understand how to integrate different flows and processes to make your supply chain management more efficient.

Within this, you’ll be introduced to information and enterprise architecture to help standardise infrastructures to meet business goals.

Develop skills as a supply chain manager

To explore technologies you can use in the supply chain, you’ll investigate sensing and wireless technology along with smart logistics and the Internet of Things.

Learning from the academics at the University of Twente and experts from industry, you’ll finish the course with the ability to innovate supply chains for sustainability.

This course is designed for professionals and students in disciplines such as ICT, operations, marketing, and finance who wish to learn more about supply chain management.

It will also benefit supply chain management and operations professionals and students that want to learn from about new trends and technologies.

As we are all end customers of supply chains and the impact of supply chains affects us all, the course is suitable for anyone.


  • Introduction to supply chain innovation
    • Introduction to supply chain innovation
    • Sustainable and global supply chains
    • Key processes in a supply chain
    • What are drivers for supply chain innovation?
    • Wrap up of this week
  • Innovations and sustainability in supply chains
    • Introduction to supply chain innovations and sustainability
    • What are innovations in today's supply chains?
    • What is sustainability?
    • Summary of this week
  • The role of information technology in supply chains
    • Introduction to ICT in supply chain
    • History of ICT in the supply chain
    • Current use of ICT in the supply chain
    • Next generation ICT in the supply chain
    • Innovation at a logistic provider: the case of Kuehne + Nagel
  • Business process management and enterprise architecture
    • Architecture view and integration
    • Business process modelling concepts
    • Chain integration
    • Week summary
  • Sensing in supply chain
    • Introduction sensing in supply chain
    • The Internet of Things
    • Communication and sensing technologies
    • Positioning
    • Week summary
  • Supply chains in the construction industry
    • Introduction to supply chains in the construction industry
    • Why supply chains in construction industry are interesting
    • Challenges of urban building
    • Supply chain innovations in construction
    • Wrap up for this course

Taught by

Jos Van Hillegersberg


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