1 x 1.5-hour on-line exercises weekly
2 x 1-hour on-line lectures weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line tutorial weekly
Enrolment not permitted
BUSN8009 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Use of spreadsheet software.
Topic description

Globalisation is resulting in more business opportunities than ever before. As a result, the business environment is becoming increasingly competitive. To remain both responsive to customers and cost effective, businesses need to have a clear understanding of the internal factors that impact their business operations, and a sound knowledge of the linkages they share with supply chain partners.

This topic provides an introduction for students with an interest in operations, logistics and supply chain management (SCM). As such, the topic outlines the basic functions associated with both internal business operations and the key elements involved in management of the supply chain

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide students with an understanding of the importance of operations and supply chain management to the strategic management of organisations with an emphasis on organisations that operate globally
  • Provide students with an appreciation of the link between corporate strategy and operations and SCM and the importance of quality and associated dimensions and costs and to appreciate the importance of forecasting, sourcing, purchasing and logistics
  • Provide students with an opportunity to apply their supply chain and operations knowledge and skills to a work place context
  • Demonstrate the need for planning and controlling within the operations and SCM functions, including inventory management analysis and approaches
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of operations and supply chain management to the strategic management of an organisation that operates on a global scale
  2. Explain the relationship between business strategies and functional strategies and the concept of strategic alignment
  3. Illustrate how operations and supply chain management in creating customer value
  4. Clearly identify the importance of quality management
  5. Apply operations and supply chain concepts to actual business scenarios