BE275-7-AU-CO:
Global Supply Chain and Operations Management

The details
2019/20
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
15
04 September 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

MSC N20912 Global Project Management,
MSC N209MO Global Project Management,
MSC N12012 International Business and Entrepreneurship,
MSC N120MO International Business and Entrepreneurship,
MSC N55012 International Marketing and Entrepreneurship,
MSC N550MO International Marketing and Entrepreneurship,
MSC N11112 Business Analytics,
MBM N21012 MBM,
MSC N21612 International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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.

Matching supply (produce development and operations management) with demand (marketing and brand management) is an important strategic challenge in global supply networks: excess supply can lead to costly inventory write offs, while inadequate supply irritates customers and results in lost revenue.

To gain competitive edge in the current market place, supply chain management has emerged as a major area for companies. Managing supply networks is a complex and challenging task, given the current business trends of expanding product variety, increasing outsourcing, globalisation of business, and continuous advances in information technology. Matching supply with demand is an important strategic challenge in today's global business environment: excess supply and capacity can lead to costly inventory write offs, while inadequate supply and capacity irritate customers and results in lost revenue.

To gain a competitive edge in the current market place, operations and supply chain management has emerged as a major means for private equity investors, venture capitalists, analysts, entrepreneurs, management consultants, and top management to examine business performance.

Achieving superior performance through operational efficiency is a complex and challenging task, given the current business trends of expanding product variety, increasing outsourcing, and continuous advances in business analytics.

Global Supply Chain and Operations Management module concerned with the efficient integration of suppliers, manufacturing, warehouses and stores. In fact, the aim of this module is that "the supply chain encompasses all of those 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.

Module aims

This module covers the major issues in Global Supply Chain and Operations Management, including the definition of operations and supply chains; the role of inventory, capacity and information; operational indicators; disruption and distress indicators; valuation skills; lean management; risk analysis; sourcing contracts; supply chain partners; quantitative modelling.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

1. Obtain 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. Obtain 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. To be able to communicate concepts and research to different communities and stakeholder groups

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

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The following learning and teaching methods will inform the pedagogic process of the course: Lectures; Seminars (which include the 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.

Bibliography

  • Alex Hill; Terry Hill. (2018) Essential operations management, London: Palgrave.
  • Bozarth, Cecil C.; Handfield, Robert B. (2015) Introduction to operations and supply chain management, Harlow: Pearson.
  • Chopra, Sunil; Meindl, Peter. (2015) Supply chain management : strategy, planning, and operation, Boston: Pearson.
  • Slack, Nigel; Johnston, Robert; Brandon-Jones, Alistair. (2016) Operations management, Harlow, England: Pearson.

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.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
0% 100%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
0% 100%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Juan Carlos Fernandez de Arroyabe
jcfern@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
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External examiner

Mr Michael Paul Bernon
Senior Lecturer and Executive Development Director
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 21 hours, 21 (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).

 

Further information
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