Keele Management School  
MAN-20083 International Supply Chain Management  
Co-ordinator: Dr Paul Forrester    Room: DW1.20, Tel:+44 1782 7 33602  
Lecture Time: See Timetable...  
Level: Level 5 Credits: 15 Study Hours: 150  
School Office: Tel: 01782 733094
Programme/Approved Electives for

Business Management Dual Honours (Level 5)
International Business Dual Honours (Level 5)

Available as a Free Standing Elective




Barred Combinations


Description for 2017/18

This module provides insight to the important field of supply chain management, taking an international perspective. It establishes and explores the main concerns for decision making in the strategic design of supply networks, including factors that impact supply, make or buy decisions, supply and logistics configurations and strategic supplier selection, development and relations. It also covers the operational aspects of supply including inventory management, purchasing and procurement management.


To trace supply chain management from its origins as a commercial function in the business and highlight its current role as a dynamic strategic process.
To introduce theories and conceptual models for make and buy decisions, transactional costing, buyer-supplier relationships and supply chains.
To demonstrate the application and operation of supply chain principles in practice in contemporary international business.
To explore and critically analyse current best practices in procurement, supply and logistics.
To encourage critical thinking in the management of international supply chains.

Intended Learning Outcomes

interpret theories of supply chain management including make-buy, transactional costing, buyer-supplier power, supply and value chains, etc; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
comprehend the operational requirements when operating supply chains in contemporary international businesses; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
describe and reflect critically upon current "best practices" in procurement, supply and logistics; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2
further develop individual study skills in critical reading, seminar organization and oral presentation; will be achieved by assessments: 1
conceptualise and communicate international supply chain management issues in a convincing and meaningful way; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
develop skills in peer assessment and self-reflection; will be achieved by assessments: 1
work effectively as a member of a study group. will be achieved by assessments: 1

Study hours

24 hours lectures and tutorials
50 hours lecture preparation and reading
20 hours tutorial preparation
16 hours preparation for group seminar
2 hour exam
38 hours private study and essay preparation

Description of Module Assessment

01: Presentation weighted 50%
Student group led seminar or presenation
Students, in groups have the choice of either conducting ONE 50 minute student-led seminar sessions (presentation and discussion facilitated by the group) or TWO 25 minute group presentations. The topics are supplementary to those in the lectures. Students, in groups, will need to pre-research their topic and introduce original material relating to their interests, research and local context. This may take the form of further theoretical considerations and additional issues not covered in the lectures. It is also necessary to identify practical examples and cases to support the material being introduced (this may include the use of material from interviews with leading practitioners).

02: Exam weighted 50%
One two-hour examination
Standard closed book examination.

Version: (1.07) Updated: 09/Jan/2018

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