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Understand the challenges facing a contemporary supply department and the various methods of operating to meet those challenges. The class will examine purchasing department objectives, organization, and administration, centralization vs. decentralization, logistics management, purchaser-seller relationships, subcontracting, strategic alliances and more. Students will become familiar with the legal aspects of purchasing and how supplier relations are a key element of supply chain management.

Course Learning Deliverables

  • Understand how Purchasing organizations operate
  • Learn industry key industry terminology
  • Understand purchasing applications
  • Recognize “Best Practices” within the industry
  • Understand value added purchasing actions vs non-value added actions.

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Course Number: BUSA-40393
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Supply Management

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