D-Lab: Supply Chains

A girl reading in the dark with a lantern.

An Indian girl is using the invention of a solar lantern by Barefoot Power to study in the night. In this course, Students are inspired to apply the knowledge they have learned in supply chain design on hands-on projects to improve quality of life in developing countries. (Image Courtesy of © 2015 Barefoot College. Used with permission.)


MIT Course Number

15.772J / EC.733J

As Taught In

Fall 2014



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Course Description

This course introduces concepts of supply chain design and operations with a focus on supply chains for products destined to improve quality of life in developing countries. Topics include demand estimation, capacity planning and process analysis, inventory management, and supply chain coordination and performance. We also cover issues specific to emerging markets, such as sustainable supply chains, how to couple product design with supply chain design and operation, and how to account for the value-adding role of a supply chain. A major aspect of class is the student projects on supply chain design or improvement.

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Stephen Graves. 15.772J D-Lab: Supply Chains. Fall 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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