Global Supply Chain and Operations Management

The details
Essex Business School
Southend Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
09 April 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC N20912 Global Project Management,
MSC N209MO Global Project Management,
MSC N55012 International Marketing and Entrepreneurship,
MSC N550MO International Marketing and Entrepreneurship,
MSC N11112 Business Analytics,
MSC N111JS Business Analytics,
MBM N21012 MBM,
MSC N21612 International Logistics and Supply Chain Management,
MPHDN20448 Management Studies,
PHD N20448 Management Studies

Module description

This module will explore how firms can simultaneously strategise their product/brand lines and operational processes so that they more effectively align their supply with the demand for their products and services in global environment.

The module also focuses on the development and application of strategic management in the areas of supply chain management with emphasis on industry competition, resource accumulation, organisational learning, and competitive dynamics.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To define and comprehend the fundamental concepts of operations and supply chains in a global context.

  • To provide students with the opportunity to analyse the interdependencies between various components within the operations and supply chain management.

  • To investigate the critical roles played by inventory, capacity, and information in optimizing supply chain performance.

  • To evaluate strategies for efficient management of inventory, capacity, and information flow across global supply chains.

  • To enable students to develop skills in identifying and utilizing key operational indicators to measure and assess the performance of global supply chain operations.

  • To explore methods for continuous improvement based on performance metrics.

  • To explore different sourcing contract models and their implications for global supply chain management.

  • To analyse the roles and relationships of various supply chain partners and stakeholders.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Have obtained a critical understanding principles and practices of evaluating global operations and supply chain performance.

  2. Critically evaluate possible evaluation challenges faced by private equity investors, analysts, entrepreneurs, consultants, and top management.

  3. Have obtained a critical understanding of the impact of operations and supply chains on everyday life, and develop a critical understanding of applying operations and supply chain management practices in the light of wider issues in global business.

  4. Communicate concepts and research to different communities and stakeholder groups.

  5. Have developed a critical understanding of operations and supply chain practices for evaluating and improving business performance.

Module information

This module explores key aspects of Global Supply Chain and Operations Management, encompassing critical topics such as the definition of operations and supply chains, the roles of inventory, capacity, and information, operational and disruption indicators, valuation skills, lean management, risk analysis, sourcing contracts, supply chain partners, and quantitative modelling.

In the contemporary marketplace, achieving a competitive edge has positioned supply chain management as a pivotal focus for companies. Effectively managing supply networks proves to be a multifaceted and demanding endeavour, shaped by ongoing business trends like the proliferation of product varieties, heightened outsourcing, globalization, and continual advancements in information technology. Balancing supply with demand emerges as a strategic imperative in the current global business landscape: an excess of supply and capacity can lead to costly inventory write-offs, while insufficient supply and capacity can frustrate customers, resulting in revenue loss.

The Global Supply Chain and Operations Management module addresses the intricate integration of suppliers, manufacturing, warehouses, and stores. Indeed, the overarching objective of this module is encapsulated in the idea that "the supply chain encompasses all activities associated with moving goods from the raw-materials stage through to the end user."

Today's Supply Chain learning challenges are:

  • A global supply chain with long lead times.

  • Rising and shifting customer expectations.

  • The increase in labour costs in developing countries.

  • The increase in logistics costs.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Lectures, and
  • Seminars, which include discussion of case studies, journal articles, principle-driven analysis, data-driven analysis.

The lectures will be developed around the key principles and practices of evaluating and improving operations and supply chain performance for global business as mentioned in the indicative course content and will use a range of examples and cases from business practice and society to demonstrate the application of concepts, frameworks, and tools.

The seminars will concentrate particularly on the elaboration of specific frameworks and tools with reference to their possible application through the selection of business problems which were either already experienced by students, that arose or are likely to arise in organisational, management, and business situations.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Individual Essay    100% 

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.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Juan Fernandez De Arroyabe Fernandez, email:
Dr Juan Carlos Fernandez de Arroyabe



External examiner

Dr Masoud Fakhimi
University of Surrey
Lecturer in Operational Research
Available via Moodle
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Further information
Essex Business School

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