Students who are enrolled in the bachelor (International) Business Administration will follow obligatory courses in year 1 and 2 and can choose elective logistics courses in the third -and final- year of their bachelor. 

In the bachelor programme of (International) Business Administration we teach the following courses:

Bachelor Year 1:
  • Integration: Business Processes (3 EC)

Coordinator of the course: dr. E.I. Krauth
Lecturer: dr. E.I. Krauth

Business Processes are a key part of the Business Administration programme at the VU University. In period 1 and 2, students become familiar with business processes in several functional disciplines. The Business Processes course builds onto that by teaching students how to describe, model, analyse and redesign these processes. In 4 lectures, students are educated in the reasons why business processes are relevant, a uniform way to describe these processes, methods to analyse business processes from different perspectives and in the improvement of business processes. The framework will be illustrated by means of practical examples. In parallel, students will have to describe, model, analyse and redesign a business process in a company that they select themselves. In period 2, students will therefore be requested to select a company and business process to analyse during this course, for example an operational process in a bank. The lectures will provide an overview of business process methods and tools that students can apply in the case company they have selected. Students will describe and model that process in a software tool (Microsoft Visio) and will have to make suggestions for improvement of the business process. Student teams meet regularly with a team mentor to discuss progress and will present their findings to their peers in a presentation and in a written report.

  • Logistics and Operations Research (6 EC)

Coordinator of the course: dr. ir. K.S. Smidt-Destombes
Lecturers: dr. I.F.A. Vis and dr. ir. K.S. Smidt-Destombes

This course gives an introduction to logistics and operational research. The objective of the course is to provide students with knowledge of, skills concerning and insights into qualitative and quantitative approaches for decision support processes. The course consists of lectures, computer workshops and case sessions. During the computer workshops, the students can interactively work on exercises. These exercises are available at the 'Interactive Training in Logistics and Operations Research' website.

Bachelor Year 2:
  • Logistics and Information Systems (6 EC)

Lecturer and coordinator: dr. J.F.M. Feldberg

This course builds upon the fundamental concepts that were introduced in the following two courses: Business Information Technology and Logistics & Operations Research. The primary focus of this course will be on the interplay between logistics and information systems in shaping state-of-the-art value chains. The value chain perspective (inbound logistics, internal logistics, outbound logistics) will be combined with the four fundamental roles information systems can fulfill in the accomplishment of business objectives (1) automate (IT used to make value chains more efficient), 2) informate (IT used to provide and distribute information and knowledge through the value chain), 3) transform (IT used as a vehicle to change and redesign value chains), and 4) innovate (IT used to develop new IT-driven value chains). During the course the focus will shift from an internal, through an external to a network perspective. The first lectures will primarily deal with key aspects of value chains and the roles of information systems from an internal perspective (within the boundaries of an organization). Thereafter, logistics and information systems will be reviewed from a network perspective (such as the impact of collaboration). The final lectures will be dedicated to the impact of innovations and emerging trends on Logistics and in Information Systems. Although information technology plays an important role the primary focus of this course will not be on technology but instead be on the managerial issues associated with organizational information systems. Amongst other issues, the following questions will be dealt with in this course:

  • What is the effect of logistics trends on managing the value chain?
  • What strategies exist to match supply and demand in value chains and how can tools support this?
  • What is the impact of break through information technologies (e.g. RFID) on the shaping of value chains?
  • How can demand forecasts be used to plan inbound, internal and outbound logistics?
  • How can IT concepts like web services, software-as-a-service, and service oriented architectures contribute to the design of dynamic value chains?
  • What is the impact of WEB2.0 on supply chain logistics?
  • What is the role of market places in supply chain integration?
Bachelor Year 3:
  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (6 EC)

Coordinator of the course: prof. dr. A.R. van Goor
Lecturers: prof. dr. A.R. van Goor and dr. A.J.H. Pels

The course Introduction to Transport, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) focuses on the most important business administrative questions that are necessary for the both the continuity of the sector and for the schippers and transporters' fields. The Netherlands has a long tradition being a distribution country. Reknowned companies are amongst others: DSV, TNT, Schiphol Airport, KLM, ECT Rotterdam and NS, the dutch railway company. Many American and Japanese companies have their European Distribution Centres (EDS's) in the Netherlands. However, the Netherlands has to remain actively involved in the field of professional services within transport, distribution and logistics in order to maintain its leading position.

  • Services Logistics (6 EC)

Lecturers and coordinators: dr. ir. S.L.J.M. de Leeuw and dr. ir. K.S. Smidt-Destombes

These days, services take a large share of gross domestic product. In logistics, the focus has traditionally been on product-based operations but not so much on services based operations such as banks, hospitals or airlines. This course discusses logistic aspects of services firms and provides students with:

  • An understanding of key concepts in managing logistics in service oriented businesses
  • The ability to make quantitative trade-offs in after sales service related logistics decisions

Concepts of managing logistics in service oriented businesses that will be discussed:

  • Services strategies and the supply chain
  • Logistics aspects of service delivery design
  • Managing logistics performance in services

    Trade-offs in after sales service logistics that will be discussed:
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Maintenance concept
  • Inventories and Spare Parts management

  • European Distribution and Supply Chain Logistics (6 EC)

Coordinator of the course: prof. dr. A.R. van Goor 
Lecturer: prof. dr. A.R. van Goor

The contemporary increasing cooperation between suppliers and customers on a European scale has changed many organization's distribution policies. In this course, we will address the logistical aspects when producers, retailers and logistic service providers switch from national to European distribution. Topics that will be addressed are amongst others:

  • Trends in European Distribution
  • Trends in Supply Chain Management
  • Fundamentals of European Distribution Logistics
  • Integrated Concept European Distribution Logistics
  • Distribution Logistics and Product Characteristics

  • Bachelor thesis in Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (9 EC)

Coordinator: prof. dr. A.R. van Goor