Decision problems in supply chains and transport networks are by default 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.
By studying this program you will gain broad and in-depth knowledge of various areas such as strategy, economics, financial management, human resource management and logistics. This will enable you to solve problems for companies or government agencies, but also to participate in research on transport and supply chain management.
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 a micro and meso perspective (e.g. transport and logistics processes) and at the macro level (e.g. government regulations and the environment).
Why VU University Amsterdam?
Application of theory in practice
The Netherlands is renowned throughout the world for its expertise in trade, transport, and logistics. Major ports in the Netherlands transship enormous flows of goods and passengers to and from Europe and the rest of the world. Supply Chain Management is the key to controlling these flows. Using a broad definition of Transport & Supply Chain Management, we tackle supply chain problems in both profit and non-profit environments. The former includes airlines, retailers, wholesale companies, logistics service providers, rail operators and short-sea and long-distance shipping, while the latter includes the healthcare sector, the public sector but also non-governmental organizations dealing with humanitarian aid, for example. Our staff has strong experience in the field, which is visible in an abundance of projects undertaken together with government and industry, as well as in the prior and current positions in industry or government held by members of our staff.
A small but international group
Supply chains and transport networks are international by nature and so is our group of students. You will be part of a relatively small group of students with a decidedly international flavor. Our research and teaching staff also have a strong international focus. Our group performs research that is not only at the forefront of academic knowledge, but that is also relevant to society as a whole.
You could embark on a career as a supply chain manager for an international organization, where you will be responsible for managing the international flow of goods from suppliers to customers. You might enter the world of consultancy, advising on supply chain management practice for a large consulting firm. A government sector is also an option: you could become a regional or national policy maker in the areas of spatial planning, transport & infrastructure. Another possibility would be to become a logistics manager at a service provider responsible for global warehouse and transport operations.
Admission requirements and application
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Last updated January 23, 2018