Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Green Supply Chain & Sustainability

Degree programme International Business Administration
Subject area Business and Management
Type of degree Bachelor
Winter Semester 2023
Course unit title Green Supply Chain & Sustainability
Course unit code 025017051323
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory optional
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2023
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Michael SCHWINGSHACKL
Requirements and Prerequisites


Course content

Students can critically deal with terms such as "green" and sustainability in logistics and the SC.

They know current definitions and developments in basic conditions, laws and fundamental considerations.

The context of measures and result in SC is presented and discussed.

Issues such as life cycle assessments, ecological rucksack and MIPS are processed and compared to different methods of emission calculations.

Current developments are presented and discussed.

Learning outcomes


  • Students can define and categorise the topics and concepts of green logistics and sustainability.
  • Basic and current strategies and approaches to promote sustainability in the supply chain are known.


  • Environmental conditions and necessities such as climate and energy targets and transportation from national, EU and global perspective are known and can be presented and discussed in terms of their effect on the supply chain.
  • The impact of sustainability on the supply chain and measures derived from the supply chain and logistical factors can be established.
  • Models for calculating input/output factors and life cycle assessments are known and can be discussed.

Application/ Analysis

  • Calculations of emissions (of products and in the supply chain) can be conducted and their results critically evaluated.


  • Possible scenarios and cases can be analysed and conclusions presented.
  • Current developments, problems, future scenarios and measures can be analysed and discussed in their effect from a logistical, economic and environmental point of view.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, case work as an individual or in a group and discussion

Assessment methods and criteria

Conceptual paper, individually written on one of the topics offered, minimum of 12,000 characters incl. spaces per person.

Criteria for evaluation:

  • content aspects
  • scientific work/methodology
  • implementation of relevant aspects
  • formal aspects


Recommended or required reading

Bretzke, Wolf-Rüdiger (2014): Nachhaltige Logistik. Zukunftsfähige Netzwerk- und Prozessmodelle. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer.

McKinnon, Alan C.; Browne, Michael; Whiteing, Anthony E. (2012): Green logistics: improving the environmental sustainability of logistics. London: Kogan Page.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)