Structuring Supply Chain Projects 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.


Technology-Enhanced Distance Learning

Starting Date:

Every Month except December and January

Topic Lectures:

Online lectures of each topic

Course Duration:

8 Weeks on a part-time (online) basis


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  • Technology-Enhanced Distance Learning

    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.

  • Course Fee

    The fee is R 7, 900.00, which includes your online study material. Persons based outside South Africa can pay in US Dollars, Euros or GB Pounds. Payment of fees must be effected before access to the course.

  • Language Requirements


  • Course Availability

    Short courses are available internationally. A new cycle of short courses starts every first Monday of each month from February to November.

  • Learning 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.
  • Assessment and Awarding of Certificates

    You will complete weekly online exercise assignments that combine to yield your final mark. 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 final 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.

  • Entrance Requirements

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

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What past students say about our courses

The MCom programme at Cranefield has fundamentally changed my outlook and made my service delivery and strategic focus more nuanced. The modules are the best strategic and business learning I have undertaken, vastly overtaking my previous studies both within and outside South Africa. I highly recommend Cranefield for every senior government official.

Neil Lewis

Senior Manager: Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA

I have definitely benefitted from my experience with Cranefield. When I completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management, I was a Project Manager at a bank. The course matter delivered by Prof Steyn and his colleagues equipped me with the knowledge and confidence to move across industries and I am now privileged to be the Operations Director of an organization which is leader in transport infrastructure.

Chris Papas

Operations Manager