Supply chain strategies are responsible for maintaining the operational efficiency needed to ensure customer satisfaction and corporate success.
This course combines a comprehensive understanding of the theories, concepts and issues of supply chain management (SCM) with a solid grounding in core management techniques. You should develop the skills and expertise to think critically, analyse problems and make informed recommendations, then implement and oversee SCM strategies effectively across a broad range of functions, involving multiple organisations and locations.
We will also look at the wider aspects of business areas, to be able to integrate supply chain strategy, policy and practice within business and organisational strategy, including an understanding of the associated ethical and legal issues, together with different models of change management and their relevancy and efficacy within organisations.
In a society in which consumers are continually demanding innovative product features, faster response times, more product variety and increased performance and quality, all at a competitive price, never has there been a greater need for effective and efficient SCM. From reduced costs and more efficient production to greater customer satisfaction and value, embracing better sharing of information and trust between supply chain partners, there exists many opportunities for improvement.
We’ll consider the lean concepts, tools and techniques which can be applied to improve supply chain performance, as well as techniques of quality management and continuous improvement, such as Kaizen. You will be taught to evaluate supplier performance and select the appropriate problem solving tools and techniques to address issues and manage improvements in supplier operations, logistics processes, business systems and supply base capability development. We will also look at emerging trends, for example, the influence of the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) and ‘Industry 4.0’ developments on supply chain and logistics technologies of the future.
Your learning culminates with a research project/dissertation, giving you the opportunity to do in depth research in your preferred area of SCM alongside an experienced academic supervisor who will guide and advise you. Examples of past topics covered include an analysis of the implications of Industry 4.0 on SCM, an exploration of the connected car supply chain of a German original equipment manufacturers, a study of the evolution of agile management practices in procurement, and proof of concept of running repetitive flexible supply with a third party manufacturer in the cosmetics industry.