Strategic Operations and Supply Chain
Essex Business School
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 06 October 2022
Friday 16 December 2022
04 May 2022
Requisites for this module
BSC N111 Business Administration and Supply Chain Management,
BSC N112 Business Administration and Supply Chain Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N113 Business Administration and Supply Chain Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N114 Business Administration and Supply Chain Management (including Foundation Year),
BSC N114CO Business Administration and Supply Chain Management (including Foundation Year)
This module will offer an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills related to strategic operations and supply chain. It focuses on introducing different concepts and approaches for developing and implementing operations and supply chain strategy with practical examples.
The module is designed to enhance students' ability of analysing how strategic decision can help in deriving various operations and supply chain processes.
The module is intended to:
1. Provide a critical understanding of key concepts and principles of formulating operations and supply chain strategy.
2. Develop knowledge and skills for implementing strategic operations and supply chain decisions to improve business performance.
3. Build confidence in students to analyse the challenges in implementing operations and supply chain strategy in manufacturing and service organisations.
A. To critically understand the key concepts and principles of formulating operations and supply chain strategy.
B. To critically understand the impact of strategy on operations and supply chain performance improvement.
C. To evaluate improvement opportunities that exist within supply chains and to analyse the improvements that various supply chain strategies offer.
D. To analyse the challenges in implementing operations and supply chain strategies in manufacturing and service organisations.
Introduction to Operations strategy
Operations and Supply chain performance
Substitutes for strategy
Development and implementation:
Purchasing and supply strategy
Process technology strategy
Product and service development in organisation
The process of operations strategy
Indicative Lecture Programme
Lecture 1: Introduction to Operations strategy
Lecture 2: Operations and Supply chain performance
Lecture 3: Substitutes for strategy
Lecture 4: Capacity strategy
Lecture 5: Purchasing and supply strategy
Lecture 6: Process technology strategy
Lecture 7: Improvement strategy
Lecture 8: Product and service development in organisation
Lecture 9: The process of operations strategy
Lecture 10: Review
Individual Essay Submission
The following learning and teaching methods will inform the pedagogic structure of the course: Lectures; Case studies; Class exercises; Group Work; Signposting to other resources and support.
Students will be encouraged and required to refer to a wide range of resources covering textbooks and academic peer reviewed journal articles, to build an understanding of theoretical concepts and refer to articles in business newspapers and periodicals to follow current trends and practices concerning development and implementation of operations and supply chain strategy in practice.
The lectures will be developed around key concepts mentioned in the indicative module content and will use a range of examples and cases from business practice to demonstrate the application of theoretical concepts. The lectures will follow a weekly format of 2 hours (1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar per week) for 10 weeks.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Debashree De, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No external examiner information available for this module.
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Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.
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