Supply Chain and Operations Management by sjv13306


									                              Masters programme in
      Supply Chain and Operations Management
                                          by the
                             University of Strathclyde
                                 in collaboration with the
            Chartered institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
                                        Leading to
                           MSc, PgDip or PG Cert
                      CIPS Graduate Diploma and MCIPS*

The demand for qualified Supply Chain Management practitioners is increasing
worldwide in all branches of industry and commerce, including the manufacturing and
service sectors. This increase is being fueled by globalization, coupled with increasing
adoption of information and communication technologies that make 24/7 business
operations possible worldwide. In the modern world, these trends have made the world a
very small place, where global supply chains are commonplace.

Supply Chain Management encompasses everything, from initial design, through to
procurement of material and services, processing and delivery to the customer. In the
modern world, customer satisfaction and sustainable business performance are both
dependent on having the right product or service at the right place at the right time, and
this cannot be done without an understanding of Supply Chain Management in its

Contemporary supply chains focus on leveraging value, through collaborative operations
along the chain, where flexibility and speed of response are becoming critical business

Today, Supply Chain Management is widely accepted as a critical business competency
– in many companies, 80% or more of their turnover is spent outside of the organisation.
How effective you are at managing this offers significant opportunities to, not only reduce
cost, but to add value to your customer – both key factors for developing competitive
The course is suitable for :

•   People who work or are planning to work within Supply Chain Management, eg
    operations, process management, operations planning and control, purchasing and
    procurement, logistics and distribution, amongst others.

•   People with a background in support functions such as sales, maintenance, finance,
    marketing, quality, etc who wish to gain a better understanding of Supply Chain
    Management issues, concepts, models, tools and techniques.

The knowledge and skills you will gain through the course will make you a valuable
resource in any supply chain-based enterprise – where you can contribute immediately –
and make a difference!

The overall objective of the course is to provide high calibre graduates with an in-depth
understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues relating to management of
supply chains. On completion of the course, participants will be equipped with state-of-
the-art concepts, methods, techniques and tools to allow them to contribute towards the
competitiveness of industrial and commercial organisations worldwide.

The programme for the course comprises the following modules:

•   Business, Operations and Supply Chain Strategy (12 Credits)
    Many businesses compete on the basis of their supply chain strategy. Therefore, it is
    important for prospective managers to understand the key principles of operations strategy, in
    general, and supply chain strategy, in particular, and to be aware of the approaches to supply
    chain strategy that may be adopted by different organisations. This module provides an in-
    depth knowledge and understanding of those key concepts of corporate, business and
    operations strategy that are necessary for a proper understanding of the strategic
    management of supply chains and networks. This module incorporates a CIPS unit on
    Strategic Supply Chain Management.

•   Strategic Supply Chain Management (12 Credits)
    Based on the SCOR (Supply Chain Operations Reference) model, this module provides an
    in-depth understanding of the application of contemporary models, practices and
    performance measures to diagnose supply chain performance and to develop supply chain
    improvement strategies. It looks beyond traditional supply chain management strategies and
    develops an insight into emerging thinking, strategies, tools and techniques for supply chain
    and value chain management. These include Demand Chains, Value Chains, Clusters,
    Business Collaboration and Outsourcing.

•   Leading and Influencing (12 Credits)
    Supply chain professionals need leadership skills in order to motivate stakeholders within the
    supply chain to achieve success. This module aims to develop these skills through providing
    students with a better understanding of the theory, but also by giving them the opportunity to
    develop and demonstrate leadership, through change, adversity, conflict and success. This
    module incorporates a CIPS unit on Leading and Influencing in Purchasing.
•   Supply Chain Operations (12 Credits)
    The success or failure of a supply chain depends on how well it performs operationally. This
    module provides a detailed operational understanding of concepts, methods, tools and
    techniques, covering: demand management, procurement management, materials
    management, operations planning and control, distribution and logistics management.

•   Management of Total Quality and Continuous Improvement (12 Credits)
    Excellence of supply chain operations and processes is a key prerequisite for any globally
    competitive supply chain. Thus, the principles of quality management and continuous
    improvement are as equally important to supply chains as they are to individual
    organisations. This module provides an in-depth understanding of the main principles,
    concepts, tools and techniques of quality management and continuous improvement with a
    focus on cross-organisational improvement programmes in the context of supply chain

•   Enterprise Resource Planning (12 Credits)
    E-Business and e-Supply Chain Platforms are an important part of any modern supply chain.
    This is a practical and interactive module, which involves state-of-the-art ERP software from
    SAP, and provides a detailed understanding of the scope, business implications, operational
    logic, critical decision parameters, implementation requirements and processes to facilitate
    the successful implementation and use of ERP systems in a business and supply chain

•   Advanced Project Management (12 Credits)
    Whether developing a completely new supply chain, introducing a new product or making an
    improvement to an existing supply chain, project management is a key competency. This
    module provides a solid foundation of project management methodologies and techniques
    (including cost and risk management, PERT, contractual mechanisms and performance
    measurement) in a manner that is relevant to those involved with supply chain operations. It
    includes managing suppliers, outsourcing, delivering projects, joint ventures and the
    management of projects to support the supply chain (e.g. IT projects/ERP implementation).
    This module incorporates a CIPS unit on Advanced Project Management.

•   Product Costing and Financial Management (12 Credits)
    This module provides students with an understanding of strategic aspects of finance in
    relation to the decision-making process and analysis necessary for efficient management of
    supply chains. This module incorporates CIPS unit on Finance for Purchasers.

•   Case Studies in Supply Chain Management (24 Credits)
    This module introduces students to the practical experience of analysing and, where
    possible, solving real-life supply chain management problems. To this end, students are
    given the opportunity to explore – through the use of case studies and relatively unstructured
    problems – alternative ways forward in situations where data may be ambiguous and hard to
    come by, where it may be far from obvious which methods or models can be applied, and
    where managers will need to be convinced of the merits of any suggested solutions. This
    module incorporates a CIPS unit on Supply Chain Management in Practice.

•   Masters Project (60 Credits)
    This is a major piece of applied research in an area agreed between the student and the
    appointed supervisor. The projects are aimed to provide a critical understanding of the supply
    chain theory in a practical context. This may be designed to meet the student’s personal
    ambitions and aspirations.
To qualify for the Masters Degree (MSc), students must gain 180 credits by successfully
completing all ten taught modules and undertake a masters project.

To qualify for the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) students must gain 120 credits by successfully
completing all ten taught modules.

To qualify for the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) students must gain 60 credits by successfully
completing four/five of the ten modules available.

To gain the CIPS Graduate Diploma* students must meet the requirements for the MSc
qualification as described above and will be required to take CIPS examinations. Exemptions may
be possible from certain modules for those individuals who already hold a CIPS qualification.

To qualify for the professional qualification of MCIP* (Member of the Chartered Institute of
Purchasing and Supply) the students must gain the MSc degree and should have a minimum of
three years’ relevant experience either prior to joining the course or after completion of the

CIPS is the leading professional body representing the field of purchasing and supply chain
management. Established in 1932, CIPS has grown to become the central reference for industry
best practice and their code of conduct is the standard around the world. CIPS Membership
recognises your professional status and helps you to keep up to date with latest developments
through a comprehensive range of courses, conferences and publications. For further information
please visit

Modules will be assessed by a mix of assignments and examinations. For the Masters project,
the students will have the opportunity to select a thesis topic and supervisor from the wide range
of experts in Supply Chain Management.

MSc: Normally, first or second class honours degree in any discipline from a UK university (or

PgDip/PgCert: Degree, good HND or equivalent. Other qualifications with industrial experience
will be considered on an individual basis.

Progress from PgCert to PgDip and on to the MSc programme is possible, subject to satisfactory
performance. Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances.
This programme is delivered under the auspices of the Strathclyde Institute for Operations
Management (SIOM) and the delivery team comprises leading academics from the Strathclyde
Business School and Faculty of Engineering. A brief profile of the academic team is provided

Professor Umit S Bititci, has over 20 years of industrial, consultancy
and research experience in supply chain and operations management.
He has been leading a number of international research programmes
as well as leading and advising on major supply chain development,
re-engineering and enterprise systems initiatives private and public
sector organisations.

Dr Jill MacBryde specializes in operations and project management
with a particular emphasis on leadership teams and change
management. She is actively helping manufacturing companies to
reposition in higher value markets as well as leading academic and
industrial networks in this area.

Robert van der Meer, specialises in operations management,
operations strategy and the economics of organisations He has
worked with organisations in a wide range of industries, including
electronics, branded spirits, clothing, business services and in the
public sector. Robert has published widely in leading academic

Dr Kepa Mendibil specialises in performance measurement, and
financial management in supply chains and collaborative systems. He
has been working on research projects on sustainable innovation and
has first hand experience of business transformation in multinational
manufacturing organisation.

Professor Jiju Antony specialises in quality management and
process improvement with over 15 years of experience in industry,
consultancy and research. He has four text books in the area and has
been actively leading and advising on process improvement
programmes in manufacturing, service and public sector
The University of Strathclyde and the Strathclyde Institute of Operations Management has a long
established track record for delivering programmes of this type. This history goes back to mid
70’s with MSc programmes in Manufacturing Management, Computer Integrated Manufacturing,
Technology Management and Supply Chain Management. Below you will find some testimonials
from some of our graduates and their employers

I joined the course to further my professional and personal development. I selected this course (MSc Supply
Chain Management) as opposed to any other as it was a direct fit with my role in the supply chain field. It
was the only course I could find that offered 100% relevance to my day-to-day role. The course is a great
balance between commitment from my employer and personal commitment from me.
                                                                                    Ian Wilson, Jabil Circuits

Jabil Circuit actively supports all employees’ personal and professional development. This MSc Supply
Chain course is the first course we have seen that offers such a directly relevant content. The project-based
assignments are a good method of bringing the knowledge into the company and helping us focus on new
concepts and tools that could provide a positive impact on our business.
                                                                                                  Jabil Circuit

I like the course (MSc Supply Chain Management) as it has enabled me to take a wider view of my business
and the options available to enhance it. It also gives me the flexibility to work at my own speed (to an extent)
and use real business scenarios for my coursework.
                                                                                   Steven McLaughlin, Nallatech

 Nallatech is a rapidly growing business at the leading edge of high performance computing. Our business is
truly global and we identified some time ago that for us to be successful in achieving our business goals we
would have to develop world class Supply Chain Management strategies and techniques. We were attracted
to the this MSc course because its content seemed highly relevant to our needs and certainly, to date, the all
round excellence of both the course content and teaching standards confirm that we have made a wise

Please contact us or visit the University’s web site for up-to-date fees for this course.

For CIPS related qualifications, there will be additional costs involved to cover
Membership and Examination fees associated with the Institution.

Caroline McGuire, DMEM, University of Strathclyde, James Weir Building, 75 Montrose
Street, Glasgow G1 1XJ; Great Britain
Phone: +44 (0) 141 548 2839, Fax: +44 (0)141 552 7986

 CIPS Graduate Diploma and MCIPS are professional qualifications awarded by the Chartered Institute for
Procurement and Supply. The University of Strathclyde has no authority or control over these professional

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