This course covers the major issues in supply chain management, including: definition of a supply chain; role of inventory; advanced production-inventory models; supply contracts; bullwhip effect and information sharing; vendor-managed inventories and other distribution strategies; third-party logistics providers; managing product variety; information technology and supply chain management; international issues.
Module learning outcomes
Conceptualise supply chain designs, which are aligned with business models for manufacturing and service companies
Configure logistics networks and assess their performance impacts on efficiency and service levels
Align supply chain integration strategy with the uncertainty conditions of supply and demand.
Evaluate strategic alliances for logistics and retailer-supplier relationships, such as vendor managed inventory.
Design e-procurement strategies for a firms procurement portfolio of products and services.
Evaluate how the logistics process can be constrained by product design, and the implications of constraint reduction on logistics performance and market responsiveness.
Evaluate the implications of regional differences in logistics while designing international supply chains.