Advancing the skill set of SCM graduates - an active learning approach
Journal article, 2017

Purpose – Drawing on a novel approach to active learning in supply chain management, the purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze how the students’ learning process as well as their learning outcomes are influenced by the learning and teaching contexts.
Design/methodology/approach – A case study of a master’s level purchasing course carried out at two universities in which students work in projects resulting in jointly authored books.

Findings – The findings show how the teaching context influenced the learning process and the learning outcomes. Active involvement, self-directed learning, collaborative learning and learning from practice enabled by the set-up of the course are identified as key mechanisms for the learning outcomes in relation to skills and content.

Originality/value – Increasingly, supply chain management graduates have to develop professional, practical, research as well as metacognitive and life-long learning skills during their university education. This paper identifies mechanisms and illustrates how educators can use the set-up of a course to enable students to engage in a learning process resulting in a variety of skills as well as specific content-based aspects of knowledge.

Active learning


Teaching methods




Kirstin Scholten

University of Groningen

Anna Dubois

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

International Journal of Operations and Production Management

01443577 (ISSN) 17586593 (eISSN)

Vol. 37 11 1683-1699

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance


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Pedagogical Work


Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work



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