Stephan Wagner: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Award: The Golden Owl
Name Prof. Dr. Stephan Wagner
Name variantsStephan M. Wagner
FieldLogistics Management
Professur für Logistikmanagement
ETH Zürich, WEV F 123
Weinbergstr. 56/58
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 32 59
Fax+41 44 632 15 26
DepartmentManagement, Technology, and Economics
RelationshipFull Professor

363-0452-00LPurchasing and Supply Management3 credits2GS. Wagner
AbstractBased on up to date purchasing and supplier management theories and practices, the course familiarizes students with the design and implementation of purchasing strategies, processes, structures and systems, as well as the structure and management of supplier portfolios and buyer-supplier relationships.
ObjectiveStudents will acquire skills and tools which are valuable for designing and implementing purchasing and supplier strategies.
ContentThe value sourced from suppliers and the innovation stemming from the supply base has increased substantially in recent years. As a consequence, suppliers and the purchasing function have become critically important for firms in many manufacturing and service industries. Purchasing and supply management is on the agenda of top-management today. This course will familiarize students with modern purchasing and supplier management theory and practice. They will learn how to design and implement purchasing strategies, processes, structures and systems, and how to structure and manage supplier portfolios and buyer-supplier relationships to meet firms’ supply needs.
Lecture notesThe course material will be made available for download on Moodle:
LiteratureThe following textbook is recommended:
Cousins, Paul/Lamming, Richard/Lawson, Benn/Squire, Brian (2008): Strategic supply management: Principles, theories and practice, Harlow, UK: Financial Times Prentice Hall (ISBN: 0273651005).

The following textbooks are supplementary:
van Weele, Arjan J. (2014): Purchasing and supply chain management: Analysis, strategy, planning and practice, 6th ed., Andover: Cengage Learning (ISBN: 9781408088463).
Benton, W.C. (2010): Purchasing and supply chain management, 2nd ed., New York: McGraw-Hill (ISBN: 0073525146).
Prerequisites / NoticeThe final course grade will be a weighted average of the following:

Written test: 70%
Case studies (during the semester): 30%
363-1129-00LHumanitarian Operations and Supply Chain Management Restricted registration - show details 3 credits2VS. Wagner, S. B. Thakur-Weigold
AbstractAs both manmade and natural disasters are on the increase, the humanitarian sector has been growing accordingly. Because logistics typically comprises 70-80% of mission budgets, efficient operations and supply chain management are critical to maximizing impact. This course explores the emerging theory and best practices which address this need.
ObjectiveUpon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to differentiate between the commercial and humanitarian operational context and recognize the distinct phases of an intervention. They will be able to assess the humanitarian program as a system with constrained resources, and analyze logistics and supply chain processes fit to purpose. The course will involve both, research and practice, to ensure a realistic and rigorous understanding of humanitarian operations and supply chain management.
ContentThe seminar will review the strategies and core processes existing in a humanitarian supply chain, emphasizing how these are different from the commercial context, and explore success factors in practice. The instructional design will combine lectures and readings with videos, reports from the field, simulations and case studies.

1. Introduction to the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS), and the specific requirements of the humanitarian sector, together with what these imply for operations and supply chain management. How does HumOSCM differ from the commercial context? We will review what it means to be a refugee, an IDP, or a person affected by a natural or manmade disaster, the key stakeholders in a humanitarian intervention, current trends in the sector, and the role of the logistics cluster.

2. Humanitarian interventions follow a lifecycle whose distinct phases create different requirements for logistics and other activities. We will review and discuss the characteristics of each phase and their respective strategies as well as fundamental types of intervention (emergency response vs. ongoing missions vs. development projects).

3. The activities in a humanitarian intervention must be understood as a system in which material can only be delivered properly if information flows. We will emphasize how collaboration and coordination are key to successful field operations, and experience the effects of broken feedback loops and poor system design.

4. Review of the core processes of the humanitarian supply chain: procurement, planning (preparedness), transportation (fleet management), inventory management (pre-positioning), donor management and reporting, and performance management.

5. Special topic / deep dive: Applying lean principles to humanitarian operations, with a report from the field.

6. Special topic / deep dive: How technologies (such as retinal recognition, drones, GPS mapping, cash programs), are changing the way aid is delivered, with a report from the field. When considering the impact of technological innovations, we will discuss the importance of process innovations as well.
Lecture notesThe course material will be made available for download on Moodle:

All organizational matters will be handled by the teaching assistant Lysann Seifert (
LiteratureThere is no obligatory or recommended textbook.

Readings that you might consult during the course will be provided for download.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe final course grade will be a weighted average of the following:
- Study of a current humanitarian intervention or disaster scenario and presentation of an appropriate HumOSCM strategy, including written summary (group work): 60%
- Written summary of a case study analysis with findings and solution (individual work): 40%

The course is limited to 20 participants. Application and pre-registration is necessary.

Please register by January 24, 2020 at the latest via myStudies and send your CV and a one-paragraph motivation for taking the course to the teaching assistant Lysann Seifert ( All registrations will be assigned to the waiting list, and students will be informed about the selection outcome by February 10, 2020.