Course syllabus


TEK416 TEK416 Purchasing and supply management lp1 HT21 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Technology Management and Economics

Contact details

Examiner and coordinator:

Árni Halldórsson

Ala Arvidsson

Lecturers: Professor Árni Halldórsson, Dr. Ala Arvidsson, Dr. Henrik Kristensen, Dr. Daniella Troje, Doctoral candidate Gabriella Gatenholm

Course assistant: Gabriella Gatenholm

Potential guest lecturers from Scania, Volvo AB, EFFSO, and others.


Course purpose

The aim of this course is to provide students with an appreciation and understanding of key principles and theories of purchasing and supply management, and the role of this in the particular organisation. This takes place in a wider context of global complex supply networks. Our vision is that the principles of purchasing and supply management may help organisations in addressing societial challences, and contribute to their industrial leadership.




Course literature

Core textbook: Van Weele, Arjan (2018): Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (PSCM), seventh edition.

Articles: The complete list will be announced and will be accessible through the Chalmers library

Course design

The course will be organized around four main themes, each covering a number of topics relevant and central to PSM. Each theme will include a combination of different teaching elements such as lectures, seminars, guest lecturers from the industry, and case exercises.


  • Processes and performance
    • Introduction to PSM: lecture + team building
    • Purchasing performance: lecture
    • Purchasing process and organization: lecture
    • Seminar 1: processes and organization:  Group discussions
    • Negotiation lectures
  • Sourcing strategies
    • Supply risk and resilience: lecture + guest lecture
    • Category management: lecture + guest lecture
    • Sourcing services: lecture
  • Supplier base management
    • Supplier evaluation and development: lecture + in-class exercise
    • Seminar 2: Supply market analysis: Group discussions
    • Supplier relationship management: lecture
  • Game changers
    • Sustainability: lecture
    • Digitalization: lecture
    • Market innovation and NPD: lecture
    • Public procurement: lecture


Learning objectives and syllabus

Learning objectives:

Knowledge, understanding and subject specific skills. Having successfully completed this course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:
1. Understand established principles, theories, and practices of purchasing and supply management, critically evaluate these, and link to various aspects of performance (financial measures as well societal aspects).
2. Understand the role of purchasing and supply management in the organisation, in relation to other supply chain management processes, and the focal company in the context of its wider supply network.
3. Understand and explain purchasing management processes, supply strategies and supplier relationships in various contexts.
4. Analyse and critically assess robustness of supply strategies.
5. Relate supply strategy to externalities such as scarcity of natural resources, climate change, ethcial and environmental issues and costs
Transferable skills. Through the teaching and learning activites, students are furthermore expected to:
6. Demonstrate the ability to persuade, convince and argue effectively.
7. Manage time and tasks effectively in the context of individual study and group work activities and take responsibility for carrying out agreed tasks
8. Prepare and make effective business presentations, individually and in teams
9. Communicate in writing or orally (ideas, knowledge, arguments or proposals) with brevity and clarity
10. Demonstrate motivation and initiative through establishing familiarity with the business community, in particular the types of industries, managers and decisions that relate to purchasing and supply management.

Link to the syllabus on Studieportalen.

Study plan

If the course is a joint course (Chalmers and Göteborgs Universitet) you should link to both syllabus (Chalmers and Göteborgs Universitet).


  • Written work (group, individual) and presentations:
    • Seminar 1: Group work, hand-in, max 3 points
    • Seminar 2: Group work, hand-in, max 3 points
    • Seminar 3: Group work, hand-in, max 20 points
    • Individual learning log: hand-in at the end of the course, max 4 points
  • Written, closed-book exam: max 70 points of the total course mark. The written exam must be passed to pass the course overall.



Grading: Not Passed, 3 (equal or more than 40%), 4 (equal or more than 60%), 5 (equal or more than 80%). Course examinations in total correspond to 100 points.


Course summary:

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