MAN-40110 - International Operations and Supply
Coordinator: Samir Dani
Lecture Time: See Timetable...
Level: Level 7
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733094

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This module will explore how international operations and supply networks are designed, managed and controlled, as well as how they might have to adapt for different locations in the world. The module covers theoretical and strategic concerns on the development of international supply networks in practice. The learning process is facilitated through lectures, guided reading, videos, worked group exercises, and contemporary case studies.

To provide a grounding in the fundamental principles of operations and supply management.
To present comparative emergent models of operations and supply from around the world.
To demonstrate the application of operations of supply management principles in practice in contemporary international business.
To explore and critically analyse current best practices in operations, procurement, supply and logistics management.
To encourage critical thinking in the management of international operations and supply.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

position the design, operation and quality management of operations and supply networks within a theoretical and conceptual framework: 2
interpret theories of decision making and design in operations and supply chain management, including strategic analysis, process optimisation, lean and agile operations, kaizen improvement, make or buy, portfolio management and relationship management, buyer-supplier power, value chains, etc.: 1,2
analyse the operational requirements when managing operations and supply networks in contemporary international businesses: 1
reflect critically upon current "best practices" in operations, procurement, supply and logistics: 1
conceptualise and communicate strategic international operations and supply management issues in a convincing and meaningful way: 1

Study hours

22 hours lectures and tutorials
48 hours lecture preparation and reading
20 hours tutorial preparation
60 hours private study and presentation/essay preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 70%
A 2000-word analytical essay
An in-depth examination of specific aspect(s) of operations and supply, with a focus on relating academic theory to contemporary international business operations. The essay question will link to the ongoing non-assessed group work in classes, but will be an individual piece of work.

2: Case Study weighted 30%
Case study analysis- video
The assessment will involve an analysis of case studies using supply chain theories and concepts. A 5-minute video presentation that analyses the case/s and provides a theoretical support to the analysis will be uploaded to the assignment drop box.