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Supply Chain Integration


Since the first work on supply chain management and supply chain integration in the 1980s the recognition of the importance of both as key enablers in a global economy has only grown. Supply chain integration is essential to delivering a demand-driven supply chain strategy that improves company performance. It involves aligning, linking and co-ordinating people, processes, information, knowledge and strategies across the supply chain to deliver the right materials and right information at the right time to the right place for the right price. Since Industry 4.0’s launch in 2011 at the Hannover Fair the implications for the application of digital technologies in operations, procurement, supply chain management and supply chain integration have been debated and assessed in both academia and industry. This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the tools, techniques and technologies available to improve supply chain integration within a range of e-commerce business-to-business environments.


On completing this module successful participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast different supply chain management approaches for the effective supply of different products and services in a range of global and domestic industries.
  • Comprehensively understand the role of operations management in achieving supply chain integration.
  • Critically identify and assess supply chain integration requirements for the effective relationships with, and the coordination of, customers and suppliers.
  • Critically evaluate how appropriate digital technologies can be applied to improve supply chain management and integration.


  • Introduction to supply chain management
  • Operations management tools and approaches for effective supply chain management and integration including forecasting, inventory and capacity management
  • Supply chain integration and procurement
  • Lean and agile supply chains
  • Customer-Supplier relationships
  • Supply chain planning and control and Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Digital Supply Chain Management and Integration


In-module group oral presentation preparation (10% weighting)
In-module group oral assessment & presentation (10% weighting)
Written post module assignment (4,000 words) (80% weighting)


5 Days which 15 hours of lectures and 18 hours of seminars


This is a course module on certain specialisms of MSc e-Business Management and an elective module on MSc International Technology Management.

Please note: the details of this module are correct for the current year of study and may be subject to change for future years.