The aim of this unit is to demonstrate how operations management can influence and shape competitive strategy. The unit provides knowledge of concepts, techniques and models that are used for planning, managing and optimising operations within manufacturing and service organisations.
Logistics and Supply Chain Practices
This unit introduces the core concepts of logistics and supply chain management from both a global and regional perspective. The unit examines in detail the latest practices in logistics and supply chain management utilising real business examples, case studies and theory. These include supply chain analysis, order fulfilment, inventory policy, distribution centre operations, transport planning, sales and operations planning and ethical policies.
Strategic Supply Chain Management
This unit focuses on the analysis of supply chain strategy (including network design, risk assessment, shareholder value) and its application in five key sectors (automotive, consumer electronics, fashion, food and pharmaceuticals). The implications for global supply chain strategy of political change, fiscal policy, sustainability, emerging markets and technologies are also explored.
This unit examines the contemporary developments in the field of technological advancements and societal development driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0. It reviews the disruptive and transformative technologies, which are underpinning Industry 4.0 and are currently changing and developing new socio-economic, political and societal models.
Business Relationship Management and Strategic Procurement
The aim of this unit is to demonstrate how operations and supply chain managers can influence and shape competitive strategy, through effective leadership, innovative business transformation initiatives and astute financial management. These themes are primarily considered within the context of intra and inter firm relationships, as well as the policies and practices of strategic procurement. Specific topics include business management practices, leadership, relationship management, teamwork, financial analysis, procurement strategies, category management, supply market analysis and supplier management.
Portfolio and Project Management in Organisations
Project management has emerged as a contemporary key management discipline supporting organisations to achieve their strategic goals in a constantly evolving business ecosystem, complicated by risks, uncertainties and competitor pressures. Globalisation of businesses and economies introduce additional complexity levels intrinsic to management of large-scale geographically distributed project teams. This unit introduces students to the latest principles and cutting-edge thinking relating to the management of projects within and across organisations. It also covers how project and programme management can be adopted as a strategic tool in organisations to provide value added services within the context of innovation, value, client satisfaction within common overarching constraints of time, cost and quality. Students are given the opportunity to study risk, change management, resource and budgetary management as well as quality assurance from a project lifecycle perspective.
This unit examines the way in which information systems are used to support supply chain management (SCM). The focus is on SCM, but some of the material discussed is applicable to a broader range of contexts. A key feature of this unit are the hands-on sessions using the leading Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) package SAP.
The unit provides students with the opportunity to read extensively and apply research and analytical skills to a chosen area of study. As part of this unit, students produce a 15,000-word dissertation that identifies and investigates a specific question(s) in an area appropriate to operations and supply chain management.