MGT 528 – Operations: Economics and Strategy


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Supply-chain management within a firm is concerned with the flow of goods and services from firms to consumers. The design of high-performance supply chains depends decisively on the information available to the different parties. The available information technologies, together with the incentives for the sharing of information within and across firm boundaries, are of key importance for the analysis and optimization of supply chains.

This course provides an overview of the economic drivers and technological possibilities for designing a successful supply-chain strategy, especially in view of information flows.

<Current Syllabus (Version: September 28, 2018)> 


++NEWS RELEASE++ (December 12, 2018)


The best team project in 2018 has been awarded the 6th Deloitte OES Prize:



(“Product Portfolio Rationalization, Ordering Process Optimization and Information Management at La Brouette”)


for a project improving the operations of a sustainable food retailer in Lausanne.


The team presentations and project reports were judged by senior members of Deloitte Consulting and Prof. Weber.






·       2017: Pierre DUSSAUX / Benjamin ZIMERAY

(“Arte Beauty & Wellness: Leveraging Wasted Capacity through IT Solutions”)


·       2016: Céline FISCHER / Valentin TERRAIL / Xiaoran YU

(“Takinoa Restaurant at the Rolex Learning Center: Operations and Demand Analysis”)


·       2015: Christophe DONZÉ / Niels PICHLER / Benjamin PREVIDOLI

(“Selecta on the EPFL Campus”)


·       2014: Shubham BANSAL / Thomas GUIBENTIF / Marc SOLSONA BERNET

(“Le Négoce: Survival Under Extreme Conditions”) 


·       2013: Dimitri CORDENIER / Alexis DUBIL

(“GeoRoute at PostLogistics”)


<Project Poster Template>   <Project Presentation Template> 

<Deloitte Enterprise Value Map for Manufacturing> 


Contact Details



Prof. Thomas A. Weber

Operations, Economics and Strategy (OES)


Phone: +41 (0)21 693 01 41

Fax: +41 (0)21 693 00 20


Office Hour: Wed 17h – 18h


Teaching Assistance

Michael Mark                                                                                                          


Phone: +41 (0)21 693 TBA
Office Hour: Tue TBA


Administrative Assistance

Ms. Ilona Ball                                                                                                          


Phone: +41 (0)21 693 00 39

E-Mail :



Course Materials (requires authentication)


<2015 Complete Set of Handouts (Version: December 20, 2015)>
[For illustration, so there is something to take notes on. The 2018 lecture
notes contain some important updates. They are posted shortly before
each class.] 

1: Origin and Scope of Logistics & Operations
2: Supply-Chain Coordination

3: Strategic/Tactical/Operational Decisions

4: Performance Metrics & Pricing

5: Inventory Management: Basics
6: Dealing with Risk
7: Information Sharing and Enabling Technologies
8: Cooperation and Relational Contracts
9: Sourcing Decisions and Contracting



Current Problem Sets & Solutions

·       Problem Set 1 (Due: Wed, Oct 3)    Solutions

·       Problem Set 2 (Due: Wed, Nov 14)    Solutions

·       Problem Set 3 (Due: Wed, Nov 28)    Solutions


Exams & Solutions

·       Midterm Exam (2011)    Solutions

·       Midterm Exam (2012)    Solutions

·       Midterm Exam (2013)    Solutions

·       Midterm Exam (2014)    Solutions

·       Final Exam (2017)    Solutions


Useful Links & Resources


A.    General Resources

·     EPFL Library × information about the library and useful starting point to find electronic resources available at EPFL

·     Nebis Catalogue × here you can check EPFL’s and other Swiss libraries’ holdings, and order books to the circulation desk

·     Inomics × index of Economics conferences (quite comprehensive, but still incomplete)

·     JSTOR × download top journal papers in Business, Economics, Statistics; most recent years not available

·     Social Science Citation Index × useful to forward-search references to key papers that you identify: after searching the paper, go to its full record, click on the number next to “Times Cited”, then on the following page click on “Total”; the citation index sometimes also contains direct links to databases with pdf-copies of the papers

·     Social Science Research Network × large repository of current working papers in the social sciences


B.    Supply-Chain Management Resources

·       CIO

·       CIO Insight

·       Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

·       EBN


·       SupplyChainBrain

·       Wikipedia