The aim of the project is to provide an overview of the overall supply-chain for a specific corporate case or sector (activities involved with production, supply and manufacturing or sub-contracting) and then to identify and fully develop TWO specific steps through the overall company’s supply chain and operational processes in order to elaborate recommendations for a more sustainable and future-thinking improvement of those specific steps and processes. One of these steps should be focused upon Logistics.
This final individual project must demonstrate a plan of action based on the existing situations and alternative ways of performing them in the near-future and long term, in this case specifically in view of enhanced value creation and sustainability-driven performance throughout the specific supply chain or supply network. An ‘options appraisal’ in support of your proposed change should be presented. The project further demonstrates understanding of the complex issues, risks and opportunities involved with global supply chain management and sustainability and the application of tools assimilated during the course. The final self-reflective critical analysis should also be presented.
Whilst there are two summative assessment components in this module, a prior ‘formative assessment’ is set that leads to the two interlinked summative assessments, as detailed below.
From the start of the term, you are expected to gather information and research further into the concepts and tools recently acquired in the lectures and seminars in order to start assessing a company or sectors’ current supply chain sustainability status. This can be either through published material or if you have access, through primary data.
Drawing from your previous knowledge, you will then start to evaluate the strategic sustainability approach to the management of the entire supply chain / supply network of that specific global company (or specific sector) of your choice.
Equipped with this information, you will then have to prepare the plan for your own project (detailed below), a brief rationale to explain the choice of the sector or specific company as
STM6A2 – Assessment Brief and Guidelines 2016 – 2017 1 Robin Dickinson/ Aliar Hossain/ Isabel Canto de Loura
STM6A2 – Sustainability for the Future Global Supply Chain
Assessment brief and guidelines
case study and an overview of the most critical issues you perceived as being in need of potential (realistic) improvement.
You should also aim to research and investigate these questions:
1. How can the sustainability concept be defined and applied into your chosen corporation? How to evaluate the relationship between sustainability and supply chain management for the chosen corporation?
2. Analyse the key success factors for implementing strategic supply chain management for your chosen corporation.
3. Map the supply chain and identify two or more segments (one logistical) that could generate business benefit from sustainability improvements. Many companies have already spent a lot of time and money on sustainable supply chain improvements. Ask what more can they do? What were the alternatives to their chosen actions? How will you appraise what is the most valuable recommendation?
4. Critically analyse how supply chain risk can be eliminated if the future can’t be predicted. You will demonstrate that you can apply the appropriate knowledge (concepts, methods and tools introduced and explored in the lectures and seminars) through research and analytical evaluation. You are expected to use relevant and credible sources based both on key readings on the module as well as from your individual research.
Summative Assessment 1 (Individual Presentation)
? In-class ten-minute presentation of the highlights of your project.
? 50% TMM (individual submission)
? The presentation of the project should focus on the key aspects of the project, providing a
coherent but concise projection of why the project is relevant, what are the tools to be used (in particular how the chosen option was decided upon) and how this will impact on the company/sector’s move towards a more effective and sustainability-driven performance along the supply-chain.