The supply chain is simply a network of firms in complex contracts to source, make, and deliver products or services to customers. The complexity of supply chain interactions and the number of parties involved makes it challenging and interesting to explore and optimise network-level logistics management, and hence, there is a high demand for the professionals trained in this discipline. This module is about gaining a deeper understanding of how to manage logistics within supply chains. Specifically, we will try to explore, evaluate and understand how logistics decisions (facilities, network design, inventory, and transportation) impact on the performance of focal firms and their entire supply chains. Given the proliferation of third-party, fourth-party and fifth-party logistics companies, we will also explore the importance, appropriateness and complexities of logistics outsourcing in global supply chains. On completion of the module you will have gained an understanding of the many decisions that face logistics managers. Additionally, you will also become aware of theories, concepts and practices that can be applied in practice to inform key logistics decisions in a workplace environment.
By the end of this course unit students should be able to:
- Understand as well as evaluate how logistics decisions (facilities, network design and distribution) will impact the performance of the firm as well as the entire supply chain.
- Understand the importance of logistics outsourcing in global supply chains.
- Understand the key role that various information and communication technologies play in supply chain logistics.
3 hour written examination (100%)
Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.
Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework (feedback on a mock-test that includes one question).
The set texts for the course unit are:
Rushton, A., Croucher, P. and Baker, P. (2014) The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management: Understanding the Supply Chain. Kogan Page, London, UK.
Reference will also be made to the following books and a range of academic articles and industry examples:
Bowersox, D. J., Close, D. J. and Copper, M.B. (2012) Supply Chain Logistics Management. McGraw-Hill, New York.
Simchi-Levi, D., Kaminsky, P. and Simchi-Levi, E. (2007) Designing and Managing the Supply Chain. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, New York.
Christopher, M. (2011) Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Financial Times / Prentice Hall.