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About the Course

As a human being, we all consume products and/or services all the time. This morning you got up and ate your breakfast, e.g., eggs, milk, bread, fresh fruits, and the like. After the breakfast, you drove your car to work or school. At your office, you used your computer, perhaps equipped with 27” LCD monitor. During your break, you drank a cup of coffee and played with your iPhone. So on and so forth. You probably take it for granted that you can enjoy all of these products. But if you take a closer look at how each of these products can be made and eventually delivered to you, you will realize that each one of these is no short of miracle. For example, which fruit do you like? Consider fresh strawberries. In order for the strawberries to be on your breakfast table, there must be numerous functions, activities, transactions, and people involved in planting, cultivating, delivering, and consuming strawberries. Moreover, all of these functions, activities, transactions, and people are connected as an integral chain, through which physical products like strawberries themselves and virtual elements such as information and communication flow back and forth constantly. By grouping related functions or activities, we have a supply chain, comprised of four primary functions such as supplier, manufacturer, distributor, and finally consumer. A supply chain is essentially a value chain. For the society or economy as a whole, the goal is to maximize value, i.e., to create satisfactory value without spending too much. In order to create the maximum value for the strawberry supply chain, every participant in the chain must carry out its function efficiently. In addition, all of the members must coordinate with each other effectively in order to ensure value maximization. We have to face the same issues for almost all the products and services we take for granted in our everyday life, e.g., cars, hamburgers, haircuts, surgeries, movies, banks, restaurants, and you name it! In this course, we want to understand fundamental principles of value creation for the consumers or the market. We try to answer questions like how the product or service is made, how the value-creating activities or functions are coordinated, who should play what leadership roles in realizing all these, and so on. As our course title hints, we approach all of these issues from a learning perspective, which is dynamic in nature and emphasizes long-term capability building rather than short-term symptomatic problem solving....

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Apr 04, 2017

Thank you for giving me excellent information on supply chain management.It is very helpful course for me. Thank you Korea advanced institute of science and technology and coursera.


Aug 01, 2016

I was really an honor to have certification under KAIST and professor Bowon Kim, it was really a great experience to have this certification under your guidance. Thank you.

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By Nzenwa a

Jun 08, 2017

The professor uses practical examples to enable you understand.

By Niranjan M

Sep 01, 2019

It has been a very good knowledge enhancement for SCM course

By Waqar R

Mar 11, 2017

bowon kim is a fabulous teacher.

i enjoyed this course

By Ditekele M

Oct 20, 2016

Address the day to day challenges that I face at work

By Andre R

May 17, 2016

Very complete course, very well explained. EXCELLENT!

By Moayyad

Jan 10, 2020

very very good course.

new knowledge, new experiences

By Marcelo G L

Oct 12, 2017

A good overview of SCM and lessons well explained!!!

By Natasha P Z

May 11, 2017

Great perspective, very good material and approach.

By Natalia

Nov 17, 2018

Thanks a lot! Very useful course, well explained!

By Heraimatam m

Oct 14, 2018


By Roberta

Mar 14, 2017

Informative course. Could be a little bit faster.

By Mohamed G A

Oct 20, 2016

Great prof. and good material thank's coursera


Mar 27, 2016

Pro. kim is the best in the coursera i think.

By 李予周1314

Jun 19, 2018


By Georgios P

Dec 20, 2017

Very nicely presented course, thank you!

By Shashanth R S

Apr 26, 2017

I had a great time learning this course.

By Asma

Apr 03, 2017

Really Helpful as a Learning Perspective

By Carlos A M d O G

Jun 09, 2019

Amazing teacher and an amazing course.


Nov 06, 2017



May 19, 2016

A great course, with a great teacher !

By Saddi S

Dec 01, 2017


By Christopher D

Nov 02, 2019

Great course to start off with SCM!

By Andreas

Jun 13, 2017

Its very good lecture for beginner.

By Mohammed M H C

Sep 07, 2016

Very useful for online learner.....

By muhammad s k

Dec 17, 2018

wonderful to learn.thanks coursera