Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2000 word essay/report  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   70%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Understand what constitutes a supply chain
Assess the roles and requirements of various tiers within the supply chain
Distinguish between a lean production system as compared with an ordinary mass production system
Analyse the requirements expected from a business organisation to be recognised as a 'preferred supplier' by a customer
Understand the different types of relationships within the supply chain
Analyse the risk and uncertainty around supply chains
Distinguish between various 'lean' tools

Brief description

This module examines the management implications of implementing an efficient business organisation operating within a present day, lean, supply chain network. In particular, the problems faced by management arising from implementing various 'lean' tools and techniques are exmained. In addition, various types of customer/supplier relationships are assessed along with the mechanisms required to reduce supply chain risk.


To introduce the concept of supply chain management.
To examine the differences between 'mass produce' and 'lean production'.
To assess the importance of customer/supplier relationships.
To introduce various lean tools and techniques.
To examine risk associated with supply chain management and lean principles.

Reading List

General Text
(2006.) Lean evolution :lessons from the workplace /Nick Rich ... [et al.]. Cambridge University Press Primo search Christopher, Martin. (2005.) Logistics and supply chain management :creating value-added networks /Martin Christopher. FT Prentice Hall Primo search Lamming, Richard. (1993.) Beyond partnership : strategies for innovation and lean supply. Prentice Hall Primo search Lysons, Kenneth. (2006.) Purchasing and supply chain management /Kenneth Lysons, Brian Farrington. Financial Times/Prentice Hall Primo search Saunders, Malcolm. (1997.) Strategic purchasing and supply chain management /Malcolm Saunders. Pitman Primo search Womack, James P. (2005.) Lean solutions :how companies and customers can create value and wealth together /James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones. Simon & Schuster Primo search Womack, James P. (c1990.) The machine that changed the world :based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5-million dollar 5-year study on the future of the automobile /James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, Daniel Roos. Rawson Associates Primo search
Recommended Text
Womack, J and Jones, D (1994) Lean thinking: Banish waste and create wealth in your corporation Simon & Schuster, New York Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7