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Supply Chain Management Seminar
University of Manitoba
2010, JULY 12-18

SCM Seminar

Since 1951 Western countries have given developing countries more than $1 trillion in economic and humanitarian aid. How has this money improved the lives of people in these countries? By 2008, annual global official development assistance (ODA) funding from donor nations reached U.S. $120 billion. Can supply chain practices facilitate more effective delivery of this aid? The aim of the course is to explore logistics and supply chain management (SCM) concepts and processes in the area of development aid. In the humanitarian logistics literature, development aid has received less attention than disaster relief, suggesting a pressing need for more research and exchange of knowledge in this area. The course features expert instructors from Canada, Finland and elsewhere. Course topics include:

  • What is development aid?
  • What is different about logistics/SCM for development aid?
  • Aid and trade as facilitators of economic development
  • Local versus global sourcing in development aid
  • Public-private partnerships and other relationships in development aid
  • Pre-positioning of supplies and other supply chain/operations issues in development aid
  • Supply chain risk management in development aid
  • Health care, education, and other critical sectors of development aid
  • How (and where) to publish research results in SCM for development aid

The course is targeted at graduate students pursuing research in logistics and SCM, preferably with interests in humanitarian logistics and/or development aid studies. Development aid and other humanitarian practitioners are also welcome.

The course consists of readings and discussion, a week in-residence, and follow-up discussions via Internet. During the in-residence week, each participant will present a research proposal and get feedback from the assembled international experts. A final paper will also be submitted and feedback on this paper will be given by faculty. Grading will be based on student participation (in-residence contributions, online discussions), the final paper, and a learning log. Teaching methods will include: Discussions, interactive lectures, group work, individual exercises, case studies and simulations.

Students should prepare by:

  • (1) reading material on the reading list and preparing for in-session discussions;
  • (2) writing a 2-3 page outline/proposal for an article that would suit the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management and would be within the scope of this course on aid (see and
  • (3) being prepared to present their proposal.

Course contacts: Soaleh Khan (
Paul D. Larson (; phone: 1-204-474-6054)

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