Module Identifier MBM3110  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Ian V Thomas  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   Series of lectures/seminars per week  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  70%
Semester Assessment Assessed case study analysis30%

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

understand what constitutes a supply chain:
assess the roles and requirements of each tier within that chain;
distinguish between a lean production system as compared with a ordinary mass production system;
analyse the requirements expected from a business organisation to be recognised as a ?preferred supplier? by a client;
recognise the full implications of implementing JIT stock control methods;
appreciate the management problems of operating a TQM system;
apply a wide range of ?lean? tools required by an organisation in order to become an efficient unit within a supply chain.

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 JIT stock holding , TQM policies, and improving customer/supplier relationships are examined in depth. In addition ?Lean Methodology? principles are investigated, together with an examination of the wide range of tools that are available to aid management to become leaner.


To introduce students to the concept and implications of supply chain management.
To enable students to appreciate the significant differences between operating a ?Fordist? type business organisation, and a ?lean? organisation.
To make students aware of the crucial importance of customer/supplier relationships based on partnership principles; and to examine the organisational responsibilities of this relationship.
To make students fully aware of lean methodology, and the tools available to implement lean techniques.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Womach, Jones and Roos (1990) The Machine that changed the World Rawson Associates, New York
M Saunders (1997) Strategic Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Pitman Publishing
Richard Lamming (1993) Beyond Partnership: Strategies for Innovation and Lean Supply Prentice Hall


This module is at CQFW Level 7