SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N225544
Module Leader Alan Aitken
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


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 key supply chain processes. The module will aim to provide an appreciation of how supply chain management can be leveraged and add strategic value to organisations and gain competitive advantage. Moreover, the module will examine the use of technology for supply chain integration, visibility and real time data sharing across supply chains. It will also focus on strategic relationship management, in particular at the supplier side with areas such as procurement and negotiations being considered. The module also examines contemporary issues and challenges presented through supply chain management such us globalisation, sustainability and risk management 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 strategically 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. b7 The learning environment will be carefully managed to enhance students' academic learning experience, to develop independent learning and to develop transferable skills. b7 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 that make up an e-portfolio - an individual report and an individual case study analysis. 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

Books and articles: Essential Texts: Chaffey, D (2014); Digital Business and E-Commerce Management (6 th Edition); Prentice Hall (online version available). Chopra, S & Kalra, D, V (2018); Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning & Operations (7 th Edition); Pearson (available in Feb 2019). Chopra, S, Meindl, P, Kalra, D, V (2016); Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning & Operations (6 th Edition); Pearson (online version available) . Hugos, M, H (2018); Essentials of Supply Chain Management (4 th Edition); Wiley (online version available) . McKellar, J (2014); Supply Chain Management Demystified; McGraw Hill (online version available) . Sanders N.R. (2011) Supply Chain Management: A Global Perspective; Wiley. Additional Texts: Blanchard, D (2010); Supply chain Management Best Practices (2nd Edition); Wiley. Bozarth C.C. & Handfield R.B. (2017), Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management . (4 th Ed.) Prentice Hall. Cohen, S & Rousel, J (2013); Strategic Supply Chain Management; McGraw Hill. Cousins P., Lamming R., Lawson B. & Squire B (2007) Strategic Supply Management: Principles, Theory & Practice. Prentice Hall, available as an e-book. Harrison, A & Remko van Hoek (2014); Logistics Management & Strategy: Competing through the supply chain, Prentice Hall, 5 th Edition. Lysons, K & Farrington, B (2016); Procurement & Supply Chain Management; 9 th Edition; Pearson. Martin, C (2016); Logistics and Supply Chain Management; 5 th Edition; FT Publishing International. Monczka, R et al (2010); Purchasing & Supply Chain Management; South Western Cengage Learning. Sanders, N (2014); Big Data Driven Supply Chain Management: A Framework for Implementing Analytics & Turning Information into Intelligence. Slack, N, Chambers, S & Johnston, R (2016); Operations Management, 8 th Edition, Prentice Hall. Van Weele, A (2014); Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, Analysis, Strategy, Planning and Practice; 6 th Edition. Waters, D (2009); Supply Chain Management: An introduction to Logistics; Palgrave. Wisner J.D., Leong G.K.& Tan K-C., Thomson, (2016); Principles of Supply Chain Management: A Balanced Approach; 4 th Edition; South Western Cengage Learning. Relevant Journals: Electronic Commerce Research and Applications Harvard Business Review Industrial Marketing Management International Journal of Electronic Business International Journal of Logistics Management International Journal of Operations and Production Management International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management Journal of Operations Management Journal of Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Management Review McKinsey Quarterly

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: b7 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
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 124.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 60.00 35% E-Portfolio (Part 2): Individual case study analysis (week 14) 3000 words
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 35% E-Portfolio (Part 1): Individual report (week 7) 2000 words