Supply Chain and Project Portfolios – Structuring | Academy of Knowledge

Structuring the Supply Chain and Project Portfolios


Traditional organisational structures cannot cope with today’s fast changing external and internal environments, rendering it ineffective and inefficient. This short course will guide managers to shape their organisations cross-functionally, and govern them appropriately in order to deliver the best benefits of strategic importance towards performing optimally and being successful.

Short Course Outcomes

After completing this short course you will be able to:

  • Understand that operating cross-functionally enables organisations to operate as a system of synchronised small businesses.
  • Demonstrate how cross-functional project and supply chain processes are grouped into programmes and portfolios.
  • Shape and structure cross-functional organisational processes and programmes to progress towards maturing as learning organisations..
  • Distinguish between portfolios of strategic transformation projects, innovative continuous improvement projects, capital expenditure (investment) projects, and product development (virtual network of partners) projects.
  • Motivate the benefits of structuring the supply chain processes cross-functionally into a portfolio of programme groupings.
  • Distinguish between a project driven, non-project driven, and hybrid organisational business model.
  • Understand that the array of portfolio and programme configurations is not mutually exclusive and support each other in an integrative way.
  • Grasp that goals and objectives of all process deliverables must be aligned, and remain aligned, with the strategic objectives of the organisation.
  • Explain the important governance role of the Chief Portfolio Officer.
  • Describe the benefits of strategic importance associated with all organisational portfolios.

All short courses are completed individually through technology-enhanced distance learning. You do not need to attend any classes. You have access to your lecture videos and other material on a weekly basis, and all your assignments are submitted online.

The 2018 fee is R 9, 600.00. Persons based outside South Africa are charged the equivalent of the fee amount in GBP (pounds sterling) at current exchange rates. Payment of fees must be effected before access to the course. In special cases, an arrangement can be made for payment in two to three instalments.

Short courses are available internationally. A new cycle of short course starts the third Monday of January and every first Monday of each month except December. Please see the top right of the current page for the next start date of this short course. Although it is best to register as soon as possible before the start date, you may still join the course up to one week following the start date. If you miss that latest intake date (i.e. one week after the start date), you will be able to join the next cycle in the following month.

You will complete weekly exercises in preparation for your final examination. The questions may involve multiple choice, a brief discussion of an important issue, or solving a short case study. Your final course mark will be based on the average of the weekly scores achieved. The pass mark is 50%. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course. Should you achieve a distinction (75% or higher), this will be so indicated on your certificate.

The course is open to anyone who is basically proficient in English and has internet access.