Become a highly sought-after business expert, specialised in industrial and/or public procurement and impacting performance, innovation and sustainability throughout the entire supply chain.
The thirty largest Dutch companies rely on suppliers for no less than 70% of their turnover. No wonder that the demand for purchasing specialists is on the rise, in both the industry and the public sector. Do you want to become a business expert who can combine the management of huge contracts and strong supply chains with a broad business perspective? If so, the specialisation in Purchasing & Supply Management is the right choice for you.
You will gain an in-depth understanding of purchasing management strategies in both the industrial sector and the public sector/healthcare procurement. In fact, this specialisation is the only one in Europe that offers you a choice between these two directions. Moreover, the Netherlands, historically, is a superpower in the science of purchasing, and no other university offers as many courses in this field as UT does.
How should the government, or hospitals, manage the procurement of critical healthcare products in shortage, such as mouth masks during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic? How do you run a purchasing department in a way that also helps your suppliers to perform better, and positively impact communities and society? And how can purchasing affect growth, innovation, or sustainability? These are just a few of the many, diverse questions you can expect to tackle.
Drawing on many real-life cases presented by various companies, you will learn how purchasing can influence innovation, sustainability and transformation. This specialisation will help you become skilled in working with people while using your knowledge ideas to drive performance across entire supply chains. You will develop a firm grasp of how procurement impacts key areas of industry and society, and how to handle that impact in the years ahead – from the challenges of COVID-19 to those of Industry 4.0, and from public healthcare procurement to digitalisation or blockchain implementation.
As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge, skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.
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