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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. You'll also learn how to integrate a company's departments, such as marketing and IT, to work well together towards a common goal.

This subject will give you the business and communication skills needed to manage complex information systems and organisational relationships. You'll understand the design and operation of international supply chains, transportation and logistics networks, and how to build partnerships.

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 also 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.

You could also get hands-on experience using SAP, the world's leading enterprise resource planning application. And in the paper MSYS366 Managing Projects, you'll learn to use Microsoft Project to practice running projects from start to finish, by putting the right resources and budget in place.

You'll get to see what goes into meeting customer needs throughout production, distribution and the delivery of products. Learn more about Supply Chain Management on the Waikato Management School faculty website.

Internationally recognised

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for Business & Management Studies in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2018.

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.


Supply Chain Management can normally be taken as a Minor subject (4 papers) for any undergraduate degree offered at the University of Waikato.

In particular, 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.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

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 Occurrence / Location
MGSYS101Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20B (Hamilton)
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 Occurrence / Location
SCMGT202Global Supply Chains20A (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 globalized context.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DIGIB304Digital Business Enterprise Implementation20B (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.
MGSYS300Tools for Managing Projects20A (Hamilton)
This paper will develop hands on knowledge and experience into the commonly used tools for managing projects. Students will develop basic competences of several computer-based tools.
SCMGT302Operations Management20B (Hamilton)
This paper covers important concepts, issues, practices and decision-making tools related to manufacturing and service processes, from both a strategic and an operational perspective.
SCMGT303Supply Chain Management20A (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 Occurrence / Location
SCMGT577E-Enabled Agile Supply Chains20B (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...

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SCMGT800Supply Chain Management MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SCMGT900Supply Chain Management PhD Thesis20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
No description available.

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

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Supply Chain Management as a Minor

A minor may only be taken with a single major. To complete a minor in Supply Chain Management, you must complete 60 points, including at least 30 points above 100-level in papers listed for this subject.

The specific requirements for the Supply Chain Management minor are that you must include:

The specific requirements for a minor in Supply Chain Management are that you must include:

  • MGSYS101 Integrated Thinking – Digital Business and Supply Chain Management


Waikato Management School Student Handbook


Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303

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.

Supply Chain Management subject convenors

Associate Professor Eric Deakins

Dr Cecile L'Hermitte