Leadership Development (LOSL) 559

Outsourcing and Logistics

Delivery Mode: Online

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: None

Faculty: Faculty of Business

Program: Leadership and Management Development

Course Overview

Logistics is the art and science of managing and controlling the flow of goods, energy, information and other resources from source of production to the marketplace. More than 750,000 Canadians are employed in logistics, working in supply chain management, transportation, warehousing, etc. In the last 20 years, due to advances in technology and global economic changes, the role of logistics has grown from national to global, from tactical to strategic, and from the backroom to the boardroom (http://www.loginstitute.ca/).

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the broad topic of logistics, with special emphasis on integrated logistics and logistics outsourcing. Integrated logistics involves coordination of logistics activities (e.g. transportation and warehousing) to serve customers at the lowest possible cost. Various types of logistics service providers (LSPs) are compared and contrasted. The course also addresses costs and benefits of outsourcing or hiring outside firms to perform logistics activities, along with the role of relationships in outsourcing and integrated logistics. As part of their work in the course, students will create a model for selecting a third-party logistics (3PL) provider for an organization of their choosing.

Course Objectives

This course will provide learning though examples and mini-cases in the following areas:

  • Integrated Logistics: in-house or outsource?
  • Types of 3PLs, 4PLs
  • Relationships with 3PLs
  • Pros and cons, costs, and benefits of outsourcing

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Updated April 13 2016 by Student & Academic Services