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Need to choose 2 organizations:

  • Choose one which is easy to find information and has a good supply chain

Avoid following companies:

Select two organisations whose global supply/ value management issues are of interest to you and compose an analytical report. Ensure that you are able to gather relevant information to complete this task.  The organization you choose must be different to those examined in the weekly sessions (e.g. Avoiding Apple, Samsung, Ikea, Toyota, KFC, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s etc.). Choosing these prohibited companies will adversely affect your grade.

The assessment will now be sectioned into two parts;

Supply Chain Management (2000 words)

In your analyses, you must discuss in detail these organisations have effectively (or ineffectively) structured their supply chain to overcome strategic and operational issues within the organisations.

Supply Chain Management

You may consider topics such as planning and control, organisational structures, lean supply chain, globalisation, sustainability or anything other topics you consider relevant in the context of the case organisations in relation to what is covered in the weekly lectures.

As a guide, you may wish to follow the following format:

  • State which global organisations you have chosen for your report and provide a justification and some background information on each company.
  • With the aid of a diagram, outline and discuss the supply chain strategies, supplier relationships, and the relationship between the operational processes for each organisation.
  • Identify and describe the supply chain/ operational issues faced by the chosen companies, especially in a global context.
  • Identify and critically analyse how each company uses their strategy. Are they effective or ineffective at overcoming supply chain issues? Compare/ Contrast.

Project Management (2000 words)

Before reading the instructions for the second part of your assessment, watch this video.

Construct and justify a project plan that aims to improve the supply chain issues you have discussed in the previous section. You are required to identify, scope, and plan a project for their case organisations using relevant project management methods.

You may wish to follow the following format:

  • Proffer recommendations on how the organisations could mitigate the supply issues you have discussed using academic literature
  • Discuss the project objectives and the impact on the supply chain of the organisations.
  • Describe the elements of your project processes and plan (using relevant project management tools or frameworks discussed in the lectures).
  • Evaluate the challenges in implementing the project plan.
  • Critique how the project outcomes can be evaluated

References: Must be in Harvard style. You should use the Cite-me-right (Links to an external site.) referencing convention.

Items to include:

  • You must clearly state which two organisations you will be using and be clear throughout your work which one you are referring to in your discussion
  • You must include a diagram illustrating the global supply chain for both organisations
  • You must critically apply supply chain management techniques in a global context to your case organisations
  • Using project management methods, you must construct and justify a project that aims to remedy supply chain issues faced by both global organisations.
  • All work must be submitted in the correct format (MS Word, no PDFs)
  • All work must be submitted online through CANVAS
  • You must refer to a range of academic journals and reference correctly throughout

 References should be in the Harvard referencing style.

Assessment Guide – Report Format (4000 words)

Complete the activity below. Track the supply chain for KFC (20 Minutes Task)

  1. What raw materials does KFC need?
  2. How many tiers of suppliers can you identify?
  3. Who supplies what? 
  4. What is KFC’s sourcing strategy? (Centralised or decentralised)
  5. Were you able to identify the logistics company working with KFC?
  6. What relationships do you think KFC facilitates with its suppliers and the logistics company?
  7. What process type does KFC use? (Project, Jobbing, Batch, Mass, or Continuous?)
  8. How does KFC sell and distribute its final product to its final consumer?
  9. Does KFC apply any form of vertical integrations?
  10. What is KFC’s supply chain performance objective? (Cost, Quality, Speed, Dependability or Flexibility?)

Answer as many questions as you can in the stipulated time and return to the session to give feedback. (20 mins)

Title Page

Table of Content  (Doesn’t count towards the word count)

Executive Summary (Doesn’t count towards the word count; This should be written last; In 150 words or less, state the objective of the report, issues, and recommendations discussed). The objective of the report, what was done in the report, and the conclusion.

Report Introduction

Choosing and Justification of the chosen case organisation. What is so interesting about its supply chain?; How would you describe the overall supply chain strategy e.g. Lean, agile, etc; Towards what performance objective is the supply chain driven towards?

Within what industry does your case organisation operated and what enhances its competitive advantage? (Order winners and Order Qualifiers

Figure 1.0: Supply Chain Diagram

Illustrate the supply chain network for the case organisation.  Here is a Coca-Cola Example:

(Must clearly show the upstream and downstream sections; must show the organisations involved in the company’s supply chain; must also show aspects of the SC that is vertically integrated is this exists)

Body of the Report – Operations and Supply Chain Management Section

Upstream Supply Chain 

  1. Always refer to the diagram i.e. As shown in Fig 1, . . .
  2. What input resources or raw materials are needed to produce by the case organisation?
  3. Supplier name – Who is supplying the product?
  4. Supplier country of origin
  5. Procurement & Sourcing strategy – Centralised vs decentralised sourcing 
  • What Supplier relationships are facilitated with the suppliers?– Long term, contractual, transactional
  • Are their instances of Outsourcingor Vertical Integration
  • Are there instances of Offshoring
  • What company is responsible for the inbound Logistics? – company name, case organisation’s relationship with the company
  • Upstream supply chain performance objective(Speed, Quality, Cost, Dependability, or Flexibility?)https://youtu.be/DqPJ_RgLkqY

(This list is not exhaustive of the things you can discuss in the operations and supply chain for your case organisation – additional reading must be evidenced)

Operations Management

  1. Inventory management in the upstream and towards the downstream (Holding, Ordering costs, Economic Order Quantity) 
  1. Planning and controlling of operations (How does the case organisation reconcile supply to demand?; How does the case organisation respond to demand?)




  • Capacity management (Level capacity, Chase demand, demand management) 
  1. Decoupling point (Pull and push philosophies)
  2. How does your case organisation respond to customer orders (Make to Order; Make to Stock; or Resource to Order) 
  1. Process type used by the case organisation (Project, Jobbing, Batch, Mass, or Continuous)
  2. Operations performance objective
  3. Lean Supply Chain
    1. Evidence of an understanding of the concept – define lean management in the context of supply chains using journal articles.
    2. Apply this concept to the case organisation. Are there any lean operations or supply chain activities that the case organisation facilitates? Why? What supply chain performance are they trying to achieve? (Link your discussion to relevant research – Journal articles would be useful here)
    3. Is it effective or not?
    4. What issues have you identified in the case organisation’s supply chain that lean management could rectify?  

(This list is not exhaustive of the things you can discuss in the operations and supply chain for your case organisation – additional reading must be evidenced)

Downstream Supply Chain

  1. Retailers and relationship with case organisation
  2. Wholesalers and relationship with case organisation
  3. What company is responsible for outbound logistics? – company name, case organisation’s relationship with the company
  4. Are there any instances of Franchising?
  1. Are there any instances of Vertical Integrations?
  2. The inseparability of the downstream and operations (e.g. services)

(This list is not exhaustive of the things you can discuss in the operations and supply chain for your case organisation – additional reading must be evidenced)

With the way the supply chain is structured, what is (or should be) the case organisation’s overall supply chain performance objective? Are they achieving this well? Critique for good and bad practices. 



 Project Planning Section

  1. Give recommendations on how a proposed a project that aims at improving or sustaining the performance of the supply chain of the case organisation.
  2. Justify the project with the aid of relevant academic journal articles.
  3. Plan the project using relevant project management tools and draw on project management literature.
  4. Consider the following project planning tools;

Define the project – The Triple Constraint https://youtu.be/fBfKwNxuPk8

Stakeholder Matrixhttps://youtu.be/zOHM-MXSWD8

The Work Breakdown Structure  https://youtu.be/j03uHHZHnIA

Time Management i.e. Gant Chart or Network Analysishttps://youtu.be/4n4Pq9afuEU

Project Risk Management https://youtu.be/xXV_gjtXMSk

Summary & Conclusion

Make it short and sweet! Summarise your discussion and conclude the report.


(Doesn’t count towards the word count; Minimum of 15 references, however, you should always aim to reference every bold claim made in your report)

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