SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N224238
Module Leader Alan Aitken
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

240 credit points at levels 1and 2; or equivalent

Summary of Content

This module aims to develop a knowledge and understanding of the role and importance of supply chain management within a variety of private, public and voluntary organizations. Specific attention will be provided to supply chain management theory and concepts including supply chain networks and processes. The module will critically analyse the use of technology for supply chain integration, visibility and real time data sharing across supply chains. It will also focus on relationship management, in particular at the supplier side. Areas such as procurement, contracts and negotiations will be addressed. Moreover, the module will aim to provide an appreciation of how supply chain management can be leveraged and add value to organisations and gain competitive advantage. This module also examines contemporary issues and challenges presented through supply chain management such us sustainability and risk management issues etc.


Introduction to Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Networks Supply Chain Operations and Processes Online technologies and supply chains Supply chain integration Relationship management (suppliers and customers) Procurement Contracts and negotiations Supply chain strategy & competitive advantage Supply chain excellence Global supply chain management Challenges and contemporary issues eg sustainability, risk.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the role and importance of supply chain management in modern organisations.2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of supply chain networks and supply chain processes. 3. Critically analyse the application of innovative technologies across supply chain networks for integration and visibility.4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the importance and methods of building strategic partnerships.5. Demonstrate a critical awareness of using supply chains to achieve competitive advantage.6. Critically evaluate contemporary issues and challenges within the supply chain management field.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Theoretical and practical insight of the 'Supply Chain Management' subject area will be provided through the learning and teaching strategy. -360b7 The learning environment will be carefully managed to enhance students' academic learning experience, to develop independent learning and to develop transferable skills. -360b7 Theoretical concepts will be developed and taught through formal lectures, seminars, online activities and directed learning. b7 Concepts will be analysed in greater detail through a series of practical and student-centred learning including innovative case studies, scenario-based teaching, problem-solving exercises, group working, role playing and negotiation exercises and guest speakers. b7 The learning and teaching strategy will draw upon web based technologies to create an innovative and independent learning environment and directed study activities will be supported by the VLE. b7 Assessment for the module will consist of two courseworks - an individual research report and an individual case study report. b7 Feedback will be provided informally via seminars and e-activities. Timely formal feedback will be provided for the courseworks. b7 Within the teaching and learning, PRME-related issues/topics are also a core part of the module. For example ethical issues are covered such as acting responsibly towards supply chain partners, using technology to share information along the supply chain to ensure ethical practices are being carried out by all supply chain partners and contemporary issues are explored eg changing power bases within business partnerships.

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: Recommended Reading: Hugos, M, H (2011); Essentials of Supply Chain Management; Wiley; 3 rd Edition. Sanders, N, R (2012); Supply Chain Management: A Global Perspective; Wiley. McKellar, J (2014); Supply Chain Management Demystified, McGraw Hill. Wisner J.D., Leong G.K.& Tan K-C., Thomson, (2011) Principles of Supply chain Management: A Balanced Approach; 3 rd Edition; South Western Cengage Learning. Additional Reading: Blanchard, D (2007); Supply chain Management Best Practices; Wiley. Bozarth, C, Handfield, R. B (2008) Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management, 2 nd Edition, Prentice Hall. Chaffey, D (2011); E-Business and E-Commerce Management (5 th Edition), Prentice-Hall, Harlow. Chen, S. (2005) Strategic Management of e-Business (2 nd Edition), Wiley & Sons, Chichester. Chopra & Meindle (2015); Supply Chain Management: Global Edition; Strategy, Planning & Operations, 6 th Edition, Pearson. Cohen, S & Rousell,J (2013);Strategic Supply Chain Management: The Five Disciplines for Top Performance (2 nd Edition), McGraw-Hill. Combe, C A (2006) E-Business: Management and Strategy, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford. (e-book). Cousins, O et al (2008) Strategic Supply Management: Principles, Theories & Practice, Prentice Hall. Dittmann, J (2012); Supply Chain Transformation: Building and Executing an Integrated Supply Chain Strategy, McGraw-Hill. Fawcett, S & Ellram, L (2013); Supply Chain Management: From Vision to Implementation, Pearson. Harrison, W & Kalyanam, K (2007) Internet Marketing & E-Commerce; Thomson South Western. Harrison, A & Remko van Hoek (2008) Logistics Management & Strategy: Competing through the supply chain, Prentice Hall, 3 rd Edition. Laudon, K & Traver, C (2013) E-Commerce 2013: business, technology, society, Pearson Education. Monczka, R et al (2010) Purchasing & Supply Chain Management; South Western Cengage Learning. Singh, N (2012) Localisation Strategies for Global E-Business; Cambridge university Press. Slack, N, Chambers, S & Johnston, R (2010) Operations Management, 6 th Edition, Prentice Hall. Turban, E & King, T (2012) Electronic Commerce 2012 (7 th Edition), Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Van Weele, A (2010) Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, Analysis, Strategy, Planning and Practice; 5 th Edition. Waters, D (2009) Supply chain Management: An introduction to Logistics; Palgrave.

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: -360b7 independent learning; b7 research; b7 critical thinking and analysis; b7 problem solving; b7 creativity and innovation; b7 interpersonal skills; b7 communication skills (written and oral); b7 reflective learning.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 100.00
Online Activities 6.00
Seminars (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 64.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 60.00 35% E-Portfolio (3000 words)(Trimester B, wk 13-14)
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 35% Individual Research Report (2000 words) (Trimester B, wk 7)