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Course: Supply & Risk Management within International Purchasing

Monday, 29 September, 2014 - 15:00 to Monday, 3 November, 2014 - 19:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Brussels Diplomatic Academy
Pleinlaan 5; 1050 Brussels
Brussels Diplomatic Academy
Brussels Diplomatic Academy
+32 (0) 2 614 8101

Learning objectives

It’s a frequent mistake to assume that sourcing is a piece of cake. Since the huge number of suppliers and their strong ambition to export, the cliché of sourcing’s easiness is strongly nurtured. However, the truth is completely different, causing serious problems for purchasing managers: wrong deliveries, deliveries out of time, lack of quality, disappearing suppliers… just to mention a few.

Graduates of this course will have a good understanding of all sourcing aspects, helping them to prevent problems: 

-          Preparing for purchasing (internal organisation, planning…)

-          Cooperation with foreign suppliers (selection of suppliers, exercising control on the suppliers)

-          How to deal with the sourcing risks?

-          Hidden costs and defining the real cost of sourcing

-          Logistics and marketing issues

-          Negotiating issues

-          Contract management

-          Due diligence


As China tops the list of favourite countries for sourcing and purchasing, the necessary attention will be paid to this country of origin.



Content (16h course)

* Chinese reality framework for sourcing

   Sources for global supply

   China’s macro-economic sustainable context

   Global sourcing and attractiveness of China

* Identification commodities

   Spend analysis

   ABC analysis / Pareto

   Portfolio analysis: Kraljic matrix

   Mirroring & Commodity plan

   Opportunity matrix

   Case study

* Sourcing

   Sourcing methodology

   Supplier identification and selection

   Total cost of ownership



   Import duties

   Landed cost

   Negotiations in China

   Contracting & Supplier development

* China approach

   Problems & Critical success factors

   Activation sourcing in China

   Opportunities & Risks


* Intercultural awareness and supplier relationship management

   Direct communication

   Confucius versus Duke

   Universalism versus particularism

   Specific versus diffuse

Study material


Complementary study material

Managing Global Supply and Risk: Best Practices, Concepts, and Strategies

Robert J. Trent, Llewellyn R. Roberts, September 22, 2009

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Contact details 

Tel:  +32 (0) 2 614 8101
Fax: +32 (0) 2 614 8080
Email address: bda@vub.ac.be
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Postal address:
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels

Visitor’s address:
Pleinlaan 5 (ground floor)
1050 Brussels