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Supply Chain Management


Supply Chain Management capability within business has, over the last decade in particular, taken on a much more significant role in enabling business to gain competitive advantage and deliver bottom line performance. As companies strive to identify their competitive edge, the application of supply chain concepts will continue to exert greater influence on overall business success. This module covers a wide range of topics in supply chain strategies, design, planning, operations and development. Emphasis has been laid mainly on the perspective of integrated supply process. Releasing value in business through relationship management, cost reduction and lean supply have been the key considerations. The module also provides many real would cases, which illustrate ways of achieving enduring business competitiveness.


On completion of this module participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamental concept of integrated supply chain management.

  2. Making educated decision on strategic outsourcing and vertical integration.

  3. Understand customer driven orientation and value adding.

  4. Appreciate the critical importance of supply chain collaboration and integration.

  5. Analyse and develop suppliers and customer relationships.

  6. Managing supply chain risks and costing issues.

  7. Select and apply appropriate tools and techniques to plan, control and manage the supply chain to achieve overall efficiency and effectiveness.

  8. Apply basic principles of lean supply for operational excellence.

  9. Comprehend cultural and technological impact on global supply chain development.


  1. Introduction to supply chain management

  2. Globalisation of supply chain development

  3. Global Enterprise – Rolls Royce’s experience

  4. Retail supply chain design and planning

  5. Supply chain management frameworks

  6. Supply chain collaboration and integration

  7. Sustainability and supply chain

  8. Supply chain risk management

  9. Costing the supply chain

  10. Lean supply management

  11. Agile supply management

  12. Purchasing and supplier selection

  13. Supply relationship management

  14. Case studies, games and group activities


5 days

Assessment method:

Post module assignment