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Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management gives you the skills to make companies more efficient, competitive and responsive to customers' needs. Learn how to take raw goods and turn them into products that reach customers.

Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management is essential if you plan to be a logistics manager, operations manager or e-commerce manager. You'll learn how to create a smooth supply chain and handle the entire distribution process, from the factory production line to the customer.

Find out what goes into meeting customer needs throughout production, distribution and the delivery of products. You'll understand the design and operation of international supply chains, transportation and logistics networks, and how to build partnerships to work towards a common goal.

This subject will give you the business and communication skills needed to manage complex information systems and organisational relationships.

Practical, hands-on learning

As a Supply Chain Management student, you'll be encouraged to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations. For example, you could use a computer simulation program to coordinate the flow of materials along a supply chain, and forecast customer demand to ensure that products arrive in time.

You'll have the opportunity to apply what you've learnt to the workplace and gain technical skills. For example, you might work in teams to produce a set of recommendations for a real company to adopt new business technologies.

Students will gain hands-on experience using SAP, the world's leading enterprise resource planning application. And use Microsoft Project to practice running projects from start to finish, by putting the right resources and budget in place.


Supply Chain Management can be taken as a Minor subject (4 papers) for any bachelor's degree offered at the University of Waikato. Take a look at the Bachelor of Business, or the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours.

Otherwise, you could take just one or two Supply Chain Management papers as electives.

If you'd like to gain specialist expertise at postgraduate level, take a look at our Master of Management Studies.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 300 universities for Business & Management Studies in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2019.

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which has Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA, placing it in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide.

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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton
Area of Study:

Career opportunities

  • Supply chain manager
  • Supply chain systems manager
  • E-commerce manager
  • International logistics manager
  • Logistics architect
  • Procurement manager
  • Operations manager
  • Warehouse manager

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
DIGIB101The World of Digital Business15.021B (Hamilton) & 21C (Waikato Pathways College)
Information and communications technologies are fundamentally changing business operations. This paper introduces all aspects associated with the ever-evolving field of digital business.
MGSYS101Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Tauranga), 21B (Hamilton), 21B (Waikato Pathways College) & 21X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper explores the dual concepts of digital business and supply chain management. The interactive lectures help in developing critical thinking skills and highlight many topical case studies.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
INMGT200Global Business Management15.021G (Online)
The global environment provides opportunities and challenges for all organisations. Develop the skills to analyse global megatrends, identify strategic issues in the global business environment, and evaluate strategies of multinationals and small firms.
SCMGT202Global Supply Chains15.021A (Hamilton)
New Zealand's distance from its primary markets makes the study of global supply chains vital. This paper provides a thorough understanding of supply chain management in a globalised context.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
DIGIB303Managing Digital Business Transformation15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the management of digital business transformation. This paper has been designed to help future managers deliver business value by being informed participants and leaders in digital business transformation.
DIGIB304Digital Business Enterprise Implementation15.021B (Hamilton)
The implementation of large-scale enterprise software systems is covered through lectures and hands-on practicals using SAP software. Software acquisition, project management and change management are presented.
SCMGT303Supply Chain Management15.021A (Hamilton)
Every company is part of a supply network for producing products and services that satisfy customer needs. This paper introduces basic concepts of supply chain management.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
SCMGT577E-Enabled Agile Supply Chains30.021B (Hamilton)
Agility is at the cutting edge of supply chain management and is a leading strategy for competing in today's highly competitive global marketplace; and successful agile supply chains are critically dependent on e-business strategies and systems. This paper is based on foundational and current readings in supply chain strategies inc...
SCMGT591Supply Chain Management Dissertation30.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SCMGT592Supply Chain Management Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SCMGT593Supply Chain Management Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SCMGT594Supply Chain Management Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
SCMGT800Supply Chain Management MPhil Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
SCMGT900Supply Chain Management PhD Thesis120.021X (Hamilton) & 21X (Tauranga)
No description available.

Scholarships and prizes

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Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303
Email: [email protected]

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.