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Course module: 325099-M-6
Distribution Management
Course info
Course module325099-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Management; TiSEM: Management;
Is part of
M Supply Chain Management
Contact persondr. E. Rosca
Lecturer B.R. Meijboom
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Coordinator course
dr. E. Rosca
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dr. E. Rosca
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Academic year2018
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 10/01/2019 up to and including 31/07/2019
Detailed knowledge of physical distribution from an operations management perspective, including a conceptual basis in spatial economics and industrial location theory, in the practical context of internationally operating companies.


Please note that this course is only open to SCM students. It is not possible to use this course as an elective for other programs.

Further organizational matters will be announced on Blackboard and further elaborated and explained in the very first class. Only students that are registered as MSc. Supply Chain Management student are admitted to this course. This intensive course can be taken by maximally 60 students.

Physical distribution management can be defined as that part of the supply chain process that is concerned with the planning, control and operational activities pertaining to the flow of finished goods into the market. We see physical distribution as part of the broader area of logistics management, which, in turn, is concerned with the flows of goods, information and money among companies pursuing supply chain management. Since physical distribution is about timing and positioning of inventory, or, equivalently, movement and storage of goods, we will first address conceptual relationships between physical distribution on the one hand and spatial economics and industrial location theory on the other hand. Subsequently, a major part of the course is devoted to market distribution in a supply chain framework, so according to the setting in which contemporary firms approach physical distribution management. Here, we take a shipper's rather than a carrier's perspective: The issue of distribution is analyzed from the point of view of a company that has manufactured goods to be distributed. Logistics service providers may well provide a contribution to market distribution processes, but their perspective is of secondary importance in this course. Finally, we broaden the physical distribution scope to an international operations approach by studying international locations decisions.

Research-based learning
In addition to the book, the course content builds on several academic papers. This deepens insight in the course subjects and it enables students to get familiar with contemporary theoretical developments in the field. To deepen the learning process there will be various team assignments.
The lectures are interactive. Therefore preparation of each class and active participation are a prerequisite, including compulsory presence in class on EACH of the scheduled dates.

After completing the course, students understand how physical distribution contributes to the broader area of logistics management, which, in turn, is concerned with the flows of goods, information and money among companies pursuing supply chain management. More specifically,students will be able to discuss theoretical knowledge including insights from contemporary literature on the following for topic areas:

  • spatial economics, in particular clustering
  • customer service, inventory, movement and storage
  • network design and supply chain risk management
  • location decisions for international manufacturing
In addition, students will be able to investigate and review real world problems in physical distribution management on the basis of academic theory and provide solutions to these problems.

Type of instructions

Interactive lectures

Type of exams

Exam (75%), and active participation (25%)

Compulsory Reading
  1. Bowersox, Closs and Cooper, Supply Chain Logistics Management, McGrwa-Hill, 2013. 4th Edition
  2. Papers and other materials to be announced through Blackboard Learning System
Timetable information
325099-M-6|Distribution Management (Spring)
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 3127-03-2019
Required materials
Bowersox, D.J., Closs, D.J., Cooper, M.B., Bowersox, J.C. 2013. Supply chain logistics management (fourth international edition). McGraw-Hill, New York
A series of articles will be used during the lectures and team assignments. The full list will be announced during the first lecture.
Case Study
Throughout the course, we will employ a series of case studies which aim to help you bridge the gap between theory and practice. These case studies will be announced during the respective lectures.
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Final grade

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