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Logistic Trade


Logistic Trade


Academic year 2022/2023

Course ID
Erica Varese (Lecturer)
Mario Gay (Lecturer)
Maria Chiara Cesarani (Tutor)
3rd year
Teaching period
Second term
Course disciplinary sector (SSD)
SECS-P/07 - business administration and management
Formal authority
Type of examination

Sommario del corso


Course objectives

The course objective is to provide students with an operative framework to successfully operate abroad.

The course is articulated more like an "operative survival manual" than an academic course trying to highlight the practical aspect of doing business abroad.


Results of learning outcomes

Students will learn how to connect issues discussed in the course with the main themes concerning logistic trade.

The course will develop the main concept of logistic trade and focus around risks and opportunities. It will try to create a framework on how to manage the daily challenges of doing business in an international environment where the business difficulties are coupled with trade and cultural differences and expectations.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Describe the main issues related to operations, logistic and management;
  • Describe the supply chain strategy;
  • Illustrate the logistics facilities location;
  • Ability to read the global international agenda;
  • Knowledge of the Best Know Methods (BKM) in doing business in the emerging markets;
  • Illustrate practical cases of the multinational companies which have operated in emerging markets for many years.

Making judgements

  • Evaluate what it works and what is not working on the basic principles of management and leadership in the emerging markets;
  • Evaluate how to manage the risk (credit risk, financial risk, operational risk).

Communication skills

At the end of the course, students will be able to use the technical language of the topic, discussing how to manage logistic issues, credit risk, financial risk and operational risk.



The course will be divided into two parts:

PART 1 – Logistic and Supply Chain Management

  • Introduction to operations, logistics and supply chain management.
  • Supply chain strategy.
  • Design the supply chain network: supplier selection, evaluation and relationship
  • Supply organizations.
  • Logistic, distribution and transportation.
  • Sustainability and supply chain.
  • Examples.


Part 2 – Trade

Day 1: Reading the Geopolitical International Agenda

  • Middle East - Continue Crisis
  • The Modern Silk Road and the role of Chine
  • The Role of Russia

Day 2: Go to Market Strategies

  • Practical aspect on how to enter in an emerging markets
  • Some legal framework
  • Logistics and International trade - basic aspects

Day 3: How to manage the risks

  • Credit & Financial risks - Credit Insurance - Letter of Credit - How to manage the exposure
  • Operational Risks
  • How to structure a solid reporting scheme and how to assess the 

Day 4: How to drive from a managerial and leadership point of view  

  • How to declinate the academic model of management in different emerging market cultures.
  • What it works what are the most common mistakes.

Day 5: Case Study.

  • Putting everything together.
  • Analyze real case study in the light of what has been presented during the previous days.

Course delivery

The course consists in 42 hours of lectures.

If possible, seminars held by qualified experts and company visits will be organised.


Learning assessment methods


Intermediate checking on the learning process is accomplished by answering questions similar to the exam questions; they do not count for the final grade, but help students evaluate their personal level of learning.

In order to verify achievement of the course objectives, periodical group work (or individual) activities will be organized for the students in class.

The knowledge would be evaluated by a final oral exam.

The topics of the exams will be the ones indicated in the programme.

The exam consists in two parts:

- 20 multiple choice questions (1 point/question)

- 2 open questions (5 points/question)


Part 2 - TRADE

Case Study in class, participation at the group study, and final exam in multiple-choice.

Suggested readings and bibliography


Slides presented in class
Several websites of geopolitical analysis, OPEC report, PWC reports presented during the class


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    31/12/2022 at 23:55
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