International Knowledge Management and Supply Chain Management Course at TUT Pori Unit 7.-11. Sep 2015

Visiting professor Dr. Salvatore Ammirato is a Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Department
of Mechanical, Energetic and Management Engineering, University of Calabria,
Italy, and External Researcher at the Centre for Research in Transnational Education,
Leadership and Performance, University of Canberra, Australia. Since 2005, he has
been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Information Management and
Business Process Management. His main research interests are organizational learning,
collaborative networks and business information management.

Lecture A Knowledge Management: After summarizing main concepts of data, Information and Knowledge, the firstpart of the course is aimed to give students an overview of the use of knowledge within organization under two perspectives: the organizational and the managerial one. The course aims to show how Knowledge and its effective management are major factors in determining the level of an organization’ s performance and its degree of competitiveness. In particular, this lecture is useful to deepen the understanding of
• what is (and what is not) knowledge management (KM),
• what the KM activities are and what is a KM system,
• how a KM system can be viewed under cultural, organizational and managerial perspectives.
Lecture B Decision making: It is evident that the decision-making process is one of the most crucial skills of today’s leading managers in the complex and dynamic knowledge-based society. In particular, leadership often involves complex decision making with many different actors and stakeholders. Managers and entrepreneurs have to identify and choose alternatives based on their values and preferences. The ability to make wise decisions will also play an important function in personal life: people make decision in everyday life as consumers, friends, or workers. The management discipline is regarded as the science of decision making on the base of a correct use (management) of business knowledge. This lecture is aimed to present the evolution of the theories about decision making in management, from the rational approaches ( e.g.: rational decision making, risk, uncertainty, the decision school, individual, and group decision making, etc.) to the new perspectives of adaptive decision making.

Alberto Michele Felicetti, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow at the Department of Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering (DIMEG), at the University of Calabria (Italy), Italy. His main research interests are Collaborative Networks, Competence Management, and Social Network Analysis. He has published several scientific works, including articles in Referred Journals, Book Chapters and Conference Proceedings. As Contracted Professor, he carries out teaching activities at the University of Calabria for undergraduate and graduate courses in Business & Economics of ICTs and Industrial Marketing.

Every successful organization owes some of its success to effective supply chain management. Driven by fierce global competition and enabled by advanced information technology, many companies have taken initiatives to reduces costs and at the same time increase responsiveness to changes in the marketplace. Since the nineties, several case studies and conceptual models underline the growing importance of collaboration in many industrial sectors. Over recent years, small and medium sized enterprises seized the opportunity to operate in a context of continuous cooperation and competition. In this context, the discipline of Collaborative Networks proposes a change of outlook on the traditional supply chain, generally linked to the centrality of a single big player, intended as a dominant element the chain) to a focused approach to the sharing of resources, technologies, responsibilities, goals and values among the different partners. This lecture will provide students with the knowledge and the tools necessary to comprehend the evolution of supply chain management concept, with particular reference to collaborative networking approaches. Moreover, case studies of collaborative networks in the Tourism Sector will be presented during this lecture.

Marco Della Gala, is a Research Fellow at the Department of Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering (DIMEG), at the University of Calabria (Italy), Italy. He is member of Giudalab-DIMEG Research Group, where a group of about a dozen of researchers has been working on regional, national and European projects. His main research interests are Collaborative networks, Alternative Agro-Food Networks and Mobile Technologies. He teaches Information Management within the degree course in Management Engineering at the University of Calabria.

Over recent years, Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs) are emerged in many countries in order to overcome limits “traditional” Agro-food Supply Chains. SFSCs represent a form of collaborative agrifood networks shortening the distance (physical, social, cultural, and economic) between world production and world consumption. These new supply chains management solutions propose new business models characterized by a re-connection among producers and consumers, allowing the development of new forms of relationship and governance of the actors’ network and also enhancing a re-distribution of value for primary producers.
Even if these networks can be shaped into different organizational forms (Direct on Farm Sales, Farmers Markets, Box Schema, CSA, Collective Kitchens), they all provide a sort of liminal space where many Situated Learning Opportunities (SLOs) may occur thanks to the exchange of a variety of local lay knowledge. Nowadays, such information/knowledge exchange may be supported by mobile services that can increase consumers/producers context awareness before, while and after a face to face interaction that could occur in a SFSC.
This lecture is aimed to provide students information on traditional supply chain in the agro-food sector as well as the evolution to new “alternative” collaborative networks emerging in many countries: SFSCs. In Addition ICTs tools supporting these particular supply chains will be explored.