SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMN224930
Module Leader Alexis Barlow
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module aims to develop a knowledge and understanding of the role and extent of supply chain management in modern organisations. Students will develop a critical understanding of the concepts and principles of supply chain management, including supply chain strategies, processes, building strategic partnerships, the application of innovative technologies and supply chain integration. Students will have the opportunity to explore the current operation of existing global supply chains across different organizations and industry sectors through a supply chain business simulation. The module is an essential component of the Programme as the subject content is required for CIPS, CILT and IOM accreditation.


Supply Chain Strategy -360? Introduction to supply chain management (development, requirements). -360? Supply Chain Management Strategies: Understand the contribution of strategic supply chain management to corporate strategy, in particular strategic make, do or buy decisions, cost reduction, quality, innovation, deliver. ? Supply chain network design principles ? Global supply chain as a source of competitive advantage and increased risk. ? Lean and Agile Supply Chains Supply Chain Processes -359? Understanding supply chain processes eg demand management, order management, warehousing and inventory management, sourcing and procurement, supplier management, customer relationship management and marketing. ? Supply Chain Relationship Development and Management: benefits and difficulties in developing better supplier relationships: collaboration, partnerships, trust; early supplier involvement. ? Using technology across supply chains for competing: Process improvement, integration and visibility/ Internet, ERP systems, EDI, RFID and so on. Applied Supply Chain Management -359? Distinguish the nature of supply chains in different sectors: private (manufacturing, retail, financial) and public (health and social care, defence, transportation). Evaluation of contemporary supply chain-related case studies. Application of theory and understanding through supply chain simulation. Sector-specific issues in supply chains. Understanding challenges of globalisation and entering emerging markets.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role and importance of supply chain management, supply chains and processes in modern, globalised organisations.2. Analyse, synthesise and discuss current theories of managing and designing integrated supply networks for competitive advantage.3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of relationship management and the application of innovative technologies for globalising supply chain networks.4. Demonstrate an awareness of the nature and issues with supply chains in a variety of sectors, in the context of a globalised economy.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered through lectures, seminars, e-activities, business simulation and directed learning. The teaching and learning strategy will primarily focus on the achievement of learning outcomes by the students. The learning environment will be carefully managed to enhance students' academic learning experience, to develop independent learning and to develop transferable skills. Theoretical concepts will be analysed in greater detail through the business simulation. The business simulation will give the students the opportunity to engage in problem solving and decision making and allow them to develop 'common good attributes' such as creativity, responsibility and confidence. Other practical and student-centred learning will be used within the module including innovative case studies, scenario-based teaching, group working, guest speakers and company visits. 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. Feedback will be provided informally via seminars and the ongoing simulation. For each assessment, the students will be provided with detailed instructions and guidelines. Information will include the assessment requirements and criteria, submission deadlines, marking template and supporting narrative. Formal feedback will be provided for the assessment face to face and via the marking template. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCU Learn to ensure student support and information sharing.

Indicative Reading

There will be no one core text but students will be directed to chapters in individual books on a weekly basis. Where possible e-books will be used. The following books will be used:- Bozarth C.C. & Handfield R.B. (2016) Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management . (4 th Ed.) Prentice Hall. Blanchard D (2010) Supply Chain Management: Best Practices, Wiley. Christopher, M. (2005) Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Creating Value-Adding Networks , (3 rd Ed.), Pearson. Chopra S. & Mendl P. (2015) Supply Chain Management . (6 th Ed.) Pearson Coyle J.J., Langley, J., Novack, R.A. & Gibson. B (2016) Supply Chain Management: A Logistics Perspective; 10 th Ed; South Western College. Cousins P., Lamming R., Lawson B. & Squire B (2008) Strategic Supply Management: Principles, Theory & Practice. Prentice Hall. Hugos, M. (2011) Essentials of Supply Chain Management, (3 rd Edition), Wiley. Lysons K. and Farrington B. (2006) Purchasing and supply chain management . (7 th Ed.), Pearson Education Ltd . Monczka, Trent and Handfield. (2005) Purchasing and Supply Chain Management , (3 rd Ed.), Thomson Learning. Naylor J. (2002) Introduction to Operations Management, (2 nd Ed.), Prentice Hall. Sanders N.R. (2012) Supply Chain Management : A Global Perspective Wiley Slack N., Chambers S. & Johnston R. (2016) Operations Management, (8 th Ed.), Prentice Hall. Wisner J.D., Leong G.K. and Tan K.-C. (2016) Principles of Supply chain Management: A Balanced Approach, ( 4 th Ed.), Thomson

Transferrable Skills

Self-management; planning, time management, critical reflection and self-evaluation of own learning and development Knowledge and understanding of supply chain subject areas Critical thinking, analysis and problem solving within the context of supply chain Effective communication skills: written, oral, listening and participation Independent, team working and interpersonal skills Research, IT and literature searching skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 74.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 45% Group Presentation/Individual Reflective Report (750 words)
Coursework 2 n/a 70.00 45% Applied Individual Report (2500 words)