Common Online Courses in Supply Chain Management

Common Online Courses in Supply Chain Management


Shyam Soni




April 1, 2021

A lot has changed over the last 21 years since we started Global Supply Chain Group. There has been a boom of knowledge sharing online - most of it quite positive.

Supply chain management itself has gone from being an obscure and esoteric subject to a popular and fast growing discipline.

Now we get a lot of enquiries about the online courses in SCM that we know about. It is impossible to keep track of new courses popping up all the time. In particular  partial definition courses - there logistics is treated as SCM, or procurement is treated as SCM or inventory planning is treated as SCM are plentiful. 

In this article we are focused on holistic SCM course. Here are some common online courses that we know: 

  • Supply Chain Management: Be Global by Coursera, 
  • Supply Chain Foundations by LinkedIn Learning,
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management by Udemy,
  • Supply Chain Technology and Systems by edX,
  • Supply Chains for Manufacturing I by edX, 
  • Supply Chain Risk Management by Udemy

Note: We do not endorse any of these courses and do not know what level they cater to. 

Free Online Courses:

There are many questions about whether the free courses provided by Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platforms are effective in landing a job in supply chain, or getting promotion in the current job in supply chain.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are good to understand the basics of supply chain, or even to upgrade your knowledge base in supply chain. But, like all other courses, they cannot guarantee landing a suitable job or promotion. At best they can strongly support your candidature for the job or promotion. 

For freshers, these courses will give them virtual exposure into the modern supply chain environment and provide them with the lay of the land about to advanced standards that exist inside the industry.

Before you invest in a course, Assess the Credibility of the course provider

The best way to judge the credibility and capability of the course provider is to ask their alumni critical questions about the progress they have been able to achieve as a direct result of what they learned in the course, or by holding the certificate awarded by the course. 

If the course fails this litmus test then all other discussion about it is merely window dressing. 

You learn from your fellow students too

While assessing this progress also try and assess the quality of participants in the course, because you learn almost as much from the other participants questions and observations as you learn from the formal course content. 

 A good course would also structure a number of breakout sessions and group activities to facilitate learning, interaction and cross seeding of ideas. 

We wish you good luck in your quest for the right online course in SCM. If you have any doubts, drop us a line on

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