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WM979-20 Supply Chain Design

Taught Postgraduate Level
Module leader
Janet Godsell
Credit value
100% coursework
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

Develops supply chain thinking to provide a coherent framework for end-to-end supply chain design from strategic, network and operating model perspectives.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide a coherent framework for end-to-end supply chain design from strategic, network and operating model perspectives. Reflecting on leading practice, It provides the opportunity to reflect on how key supply chain design decisions apply with a business context, and what could enable or inhibit their successful adoption.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Supply chain design from supply chain strategy
Network and operating model perspectives
Supply chain design application, enablers and inhibitors

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Critique the key elements of the strategic alignment model and its relevance within a business context
  • Evaluate the role of integrated business planning in maintaining strategic alignment and delivering profitable growth
  • Appraise and assess the concepts of dynamic and structural flexibility, and strategies for achieving flexibility within the an end-to-end supply chain
  • Critically discuss and evaluate the key elements of an operating model (processes, performance measures, organisational design, governance and business systems) and how they are designed to deliver customer value at lowest possible supply chain cost
  • Examine and evaluate the critical enablers and inhibitors to the successful deployment of supply chain strategy within a company context
  • Critically reflect on personal practice as a supply chain leader, and how personal practice enables or inhibits supply chain performance
Indicative reading list

Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Martin Christopher, FT Publishing International; 5 edition (26 Feb. 2016), ISBN-10: 1292083794

Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management, John Mangan and Chandra L. Lalwani, John Wiley & Sons; 3rd edition (29 April 2016), ISBN-10: 1119117828

Subject specific skills

The following subject specific skills will be developed during the module: Supply Chain Design, Supply Chain Strategy, Network and Operating models

Transferable skills

In addition to subject specific skills, attendees will develop the following transferrable skills: Collaborative Working, Cultural Awareness, Critical Thinking and Analysis, Academic Writing Skill

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 30 sessions of 1 hour (30%)
Seminars 10 sessions of 1 hour (10%)
Work-based learning 20 sessions of 1 hour (20%)
Online learning (scheduled sessions) 20 sessions of 1 hour (20%)
Other activity 20 hours (20%)
Total 100 hours
Private study description

No private study requirements defined for this module.

Other activity description

Module pre-work and pre-reading and post module reflection


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A
Weighting Study time
Reflective Learning Log 20% 25 hours

A written reflective learning log based on learning from the module

Project Proposal 60% 50 hours

Production of a change project proposal for implementation within the business in the area of Supply Chain

Video Assignment 20% 25 hours

3 minutes video detailing key learning point form the reading group exercise centred on an academic SC text (includes reading the text)

Feedback on assessment

Written feedback of approximately 150-250 words will be provided for each assessment component within a four week period after the date of submission. This feedback will be focussed upon the strengths and weaknesses of the work with regard to the module learning objectives and the post-module assignment marking guidelines. Suggestions for improvement will also be provided.

There is currently no information about the courses for which this module is core or optional.