Module Identifier MBM3110  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Sharon J Williams  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   2 Hours. 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 'rreferred 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 'rean? 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 'rean 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 'rordist? type business organisation, and a 'rean? 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

** General Text
(2006.) Lean evolution :lessons from the workplace /Nick Rich ... [et al.]. Cambridge University Press 0521843448
Christopher, Martin. (2005.) Logistics and supply chain management :creating value-added networks /Martin Christopher. FT Prentice Hall 0273681761
Lamming, Richard. (1993.) Beyond partnership : strategies for innovation and lean supply. Prentice Hall 0131437852PBK
Lysons, Kenneth. (2006.) Purchasing and supply chain management /Kenneth Lysons, Brian Farrington. Financial Times/Prentice Hall 0273694383
Saunders, Malcolm. (1997.) Strategic purchasing and supply chain management /Malcolm Saunders. Pitman 0273623826
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 0743275950
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 0892563508
** Recommended Text
Womack, J and Jones, D (1994) Lean thinking: Banish waste and create wealth in your corporation Simon & Schuster, New York


This module is at CQFW Level 7