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The Fast-Track MBA

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Subject Summary

Step into supply chain leadership with AIB’s Global Supply Chain Management MBA subject, an elective and specialist course within the Logistics and Supply Chain Management curriculum. This course prepares you to navigate and thrive in today’s volatile and competitive business landscape, often referred to as the ‘age of uncertainty’. Here, the ability to adapt and excel by ‘doing more for less’ becomes crucial for any organisation aiming to succeed in a resource-constrained global network.

Global Supply Chain Management offers you a strategic and comprehensive exploration of vital supply chain principles and practices. It equips you with the skills needed to anticipate and react to dynamic market changes, sometimes even driving those changes yourself. Through this subject, you will look deeper into a variety of strategic issues and global trends that shape modern supply chains, enhancing your professional expertise and preparing you for future challenges as a supply chain leader.

The subject emphasises the development of digital, resilient, responsive, and sustainable business strategies, ensuring long-term prosperity. You’ll learn how successful organisations across sectors — including service, public, not-for-profit, and manufacturing — leverage their supply chains for competitive advantage. This includes strategic collaboration with both local and global partners to maximise value creation for end customers.

AIB Subject Code9012SSUP
QualificationsMBA (General)
MBA (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
AQF LevelLevel 9
Delivery100% online
Subject Length8 weeks
Prerequisite SubjectsOperations Management
Start Dates2024 MBA Timetable
2025 MBA Timetable

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Subject Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of global supply chain management principles, frameworks, and contemporary trends. 
  • Critically analyse, reflect on, and synthesise complex information, problems, principles and frameworks related to supply chain management at the strategic and global level.
  • Research and apply relevant principles and frameworks to develop innovative, evidence-based and sustainable solutions to navigate the supply chain landscape.
  • Clearly, concisely and credibly communicate strategic and global supply chain management knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences to inform practice and showcase competencies as future ready SC leaders.
Key Topics
  • Navigating global supply chain landscape and contemporary trends 
  • Pivoting towards agile and responsive supply chain 
  • Managing supply chain risks and opportunities 
  • Moving towards circular and sustainable supply chain
  • Leveraging digital developments in supply chain 
  • Harvesting future ready global supply chain leaders


In Global Supply Chain Management, students will complete two assessments to deepen their strategic and practical understanding of supply chain management principles. The first assessment involves critical reflection on a case study provided and its relevance to a chosen organisation. The second assessment involves identifying an organisation’s supply chain challenges and creating a robust improvement plan to enhance agility and responsiveness in a volatile global environment.

Supply chain and logistics is something I’m really passionate about. I always wanted to get involved with bigger projects and make more of a contribution and impact, not just within my company, but across the industry. My specialised MBA has supported me to do that, giving added credibility and enhanced my knowledge.

How you will learn

100% Online MBA Learning

Our innovative Student Learning Portal is your ultimate digital resource for everything you’ll need to successfully complete this subject and your online MBA, with the flexibility to access your learning materials, videos, podcasts and other multimedia on any device. You’ll engage with fellow students and have key concepts explained by your Online Facilitators in webinars and forums.


In addition to the Student Learning Portal, the myAIB app allows you to download modules and full subjects to view offline to save your cellular data, receive notifications for assessments and webinars, listen to audio versions of modules through Soundcloud and enjoy many other useful features.

The myAIB learning portal app is available on Google play and on the Apple app store.

AIB supports your success

When you study with AIB, you’ll be supported by our skilful team of over 180 academic, student support and professional staff, who will be with you every step of your MBA journey.

Student Learning Portal

  • Our innovative Student Learning Portal provides all the resources and support you’ll need to successfully complete your MBA studies


  • Highly qualified and experienced academics
  • Practice-centric curricula, innovative learning resources and realistic assessment techniques

Study Tools

  • Access to tools you’ll need to successfully complete your degree and excel in your career including Office 365, LinkedIn Learning, Scite_, GrammarlyEDU and Endnote

Student Support

  • Dedicated student and enrolment teams
  • Supporting you with any issues big or small from orientation to graduation

Online Facilitators

  • Each class has a dedicated Facilitator (OLF) and a limit of just 50 students to ensure you’ll benefit from high levels of interaction, relationship building and learning

Wellbeing and career support

  • Access to a confidential support service providing personal counselling, wellbeing advice and career assistance

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What will I learn in the Global Supply Chain Management subject?

In this subject, you will delve into strategic supply chain management in a global context. You will learn how to design resilient and sustainable supply chains that can adapt to both planned and unexpected changes in the market. The course covers strategic decision-making, the use of digital technologies for efficiency and fostering strong partnerships across global networks. We also focus on developing leadership qualities necessary for future-ready supply chain managers.

How does the subject prepare me for leadership in supply chain management?

The Global Supply Chain Management subject prepares you by focusing on strategic, responsive and sustainable practices essential for today’s supply chain leaders. You will learn to navigate complex global networks, implement adaptive strategies to manage disruptions, and drive innovation within your supply chain operations. The course emphasises the development of leadership skills that are critical for creating and maintaining efficient, competitive, and forward-thinking supply chains.

What are the key challenges in supply chain management that the subject addresses?

This subject addresses key challenges such as managing global and circular supply chains in volatile markets, responding to economic and environmental disruptions, and integrating digital innovations. You will explore strategies for overcoming these challenges, ensuring that supply chains are not only resilient but also capable of thriving in an uncertain global landscape.

Can the Global Supply Chain Management subject benefit professionals in industries outside of traditional manufacturing?

Absolutely. While traditional manufacturing is a significant component of supply chain management, the principles and strategies taught in the subject are applicable across various sectors including services, public sector, non-profits and more. Any professional involved in the flow of goods, services, or information will find valuable insights and strategies in this subject to optimize operations and drive strategic advantages in their respective fields.

How is the subject structured and delivered?

Global Supply Chain Management is delivered over eight weeks of structured learning. Weekly online webinars are hosted with your online class and led by Online Learning Facilitators who facilitate interactive discussions on supply chain topics, case studies and application of concepts within organisations. Contribution in live webinars enables you to learn not only from the learning material and facilitator, but from the experiences and viewpoints of fellow professionals studying alongside you. Don’t worry if you can’t make all the live webinars though – they’re recorded, so you can watch at any time. The subject includes two assessments – one due mid-way through the subject and the other at the end.

How do I apply to study Global Supply Chain Management at AIB?

To apply for the Global Supply Chain Management subject as part of your MBA at AIB, get in touch with an AIB Advisor. They can guide you through the application process, help you understand the requirements, and ensure that the subject fits your career goals and educational needs.

Learn more about the MBA (Logistics and Supply Chain Management).

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