Global Supply Chain Management
Successful Supply Chain Management is a vital component when measuring both internal and external success of a business. Achieving and sustaining customer, tiered supplier and company requirements is an essential ingredient for both success and survival in the competitive global market of the twenty first century.
Based on the above statement, you are asked to choose a sector/industry (e.g., food, technology, healthcare, retail, services, automotive), and critically discuss:
- Critically evaluate the positive and negative attributes associated with the field in relation to the chosen case.
- Explore and critically analyse the gap between evaluation and implementation of supply chain improvement.
- Analyse multidimensional global supply chain issues and apply techniques that could assist in either resolving or significantly reducing problematic supply chain issues within your chosen sector/industry.
For each question above, you should support your arguments by bringing into the discussion 1-2 examples of companies that belong to the selected sector/industry.
This assignment represents 50% of your overall module mark. The maximum word count is 3000 words (+/- 10%). You will also need to consider the following when completing your assignment:
- Quality of executive summary (does it give a brief complete summary of your paper for an executive to read?)
- Establishment of relevant theory (e.g. how supply chain environments are differentiated from region to region?)
- Allocation of credit and sources used (have I included references and citations to the material I have used?)
- Clarity of argument
- Overall report presentation including spelling and grammar
- Adherence to nominated word limit (+/- 10%)
- Word processed (letter size 12, times new roman, 1.5 space)
- Fully referenced (Harvard Referencing System).
|Use of theory/reference to course ideas||30|
|Quality of argument||15|
|Citation and References||15|
The assignment must be submitted via OnlineCampus. Please remember that marks for assignment will also be awarded in relation to presentation and structure, and aspects such as use of examples, figures, tables, illustrations and statistics that indicate wider/independent reading.
Relates to Learning Outcomes:
- Analyse and critically evaluate the ways in which supply chains are adapted in view of specific market dynamics and environments.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of global lead-time management and time-compression.
- Critically analyse the theory, concepts and models of global supply chain management to interpret and understand complex and ambiguous risks in global logistics and supply chain environments.
- Locate, summarise and synthesise a range of information from published literature and electronic sources on GSCM.
You are required to follow the University’s regulations regarding plagiarism and citing sources and references used. Assignments may not be submitted late. Marking penalties for late submission will follow the University regulations for PMC and late submission. Please note that there are changes in the late submission process this year.
Criterion / Mark range
(indicative – not for grading)
|Standard comparable to journal publication||Standard comparable to conference paper publication||Distinctive work for Masters level||Merit work for Masters level||Acceptable for Masters||Below Masters pass standard||Significantly below Masters pass standard|
|Scope||Outstanding clarity of focus, includes what is important, and excludes irrelevant issues.||Excellent clarity of focus, boundaries set with no significant omissions or unnecessary issues.||Clear focus. Very good setting of boundaries includes most of what is relevant.||Clear scope and focus, with some omissions or unnecessary issues.||Scope evident and satisfactory but with some omissions and unnecessary issues.||Poorly scoped, with significant omissions and unnecessary issues.||Little or no scope or focus evident.|
|Understanding of subject matter
|Outstanding with critical awareness of relevance of issues. Outstanding expression of ideas.||Excellent with critical awareness of relevance of issues. Excellent expression of ideas.||Very good with critical awareness of relevance of issues. Outstanding expression of ideas.||Good with some awareness of relevance of issues. Ideas are expressed, with some limitation.||Basic with limited awareness of relevance of issues. Limited expression of ideas.||Poor with little awareness of relevance of issues||Little or no understanding of subject matter is demonstrated.|
|Comprehensive literature review. Evaluation and synthesis of source material to produce an outstanding contribution.||Excellent independent secondary research. Sources are evaluated and synthesized to produce an excellent contribution.||Very good independent secondary research. Sources are evaluated and synthesized to produce a very good contribution.||Good secondary research to extend taught materials. Evidence of evaluation of sources, with some deficiencies in choice and synthesis.||Limited secondary research to extend taught materials. Limited evaluation of sources, deficiencies in choice and synthesis.||Little or no extension of taught materials. Poor choice and synthesis of materials.||Poor use of taught materials. No synthesis.|
|Critical analysis based on evidence||Standard of critical analysis – showing questioning of sources, understanding of bias, independence of thought||Excellent standard of critical analysis – excellence in questioning of sources, understanding of bias, independence of thought||A very good standard of critical analysis. Sources are questioned appropriately, and a very good understanding of bias, showing independence of thought||Critical analysis with some questioning of sources, understanding of bias, independence of thought.||Analysis evident but uncritical. Sources are not always questioned, with limited independence of thought.||Little or no analysis.||No valid analysis.|
|Structure of argument, leading to conclusion||Well structured, compelling and persuasive argument that leads to a valuable contribution to the field of study, paving the way for future work.||Argument has excellent structure and persuasiveness, leading to very significant insights and relevant future work.||Well-structured and persuasive argument Insightful conclusion draws together key issues and possible future work.||Structured and fairly convincing argument leads to conclusion that summarises key issues.||Argument has some structure and development towards conclusion with limitations in summary of issues.||Argument is unstructured, no recognizable conclusion.||No evidence of argument or conclusion.|
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