|Course Introduction||Course Syllabus|
|Unit 1: Fluctuations in the Supply Chain||Introduction to Supply Chain Management||
Review this introduction to supply chain management to explore the elements of the process, including suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Each of these is involved in getting goods to consumers when they want them and at a cost that is agreeable to all of the parties.
|Critical Factors Affecting Supply Chain Management||
Read sections 1 to 2.7.1 for an in-depth look at the supply chain management factors that impact a business' operations. These sections explore environmental factors, internal company issues, governmental factors, the role of IT, logistics, and suppliers, and more.
|Causes of the Bullwhip Effect||
The bullwhip effect relates to supply chain inefficiencies and changes in inventory levels as they relate to changes in consumer demand. Factors include demand forecasting, order batching, price fluctuations, rationing and gaming.
|Unit 2: Supply Chain Procurement||Lean and Agile in Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises: Complementary or Incompatible?||
Read this real-world study that was conducted to determine if a company could have lean supply chain management, while also having the agility needed for a small business to flourish. The relationship between a company and their suppliers is explored and is considered to be an essential factor in the supply chain management process.
|Managing the Production Process in a Manufacturing Company||
Read this section to explore the importance of managing materials from vendors to the process of manufacturing. This section is important because it focuses on the activities of an operations manager while managing the production process. Pay particular attention to the question that you need to answer when choosing a best supplier.
|Enhancing Pharmaceutical Procurement||
This presentation at Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health provides information related to the procurement of pharmaceuticals. Pay particular attention to the good procurement practices, impact of hidden procurement costs, the models of regional/country collaboration, and the common procurement challenges.
After you review this unit, post and respond to this topic on the discussion forum.
Choosing suppliers for your supply chain is often a challenge. Do you put all your eggs in one basket or look to fulfill your needs through multiple vendors? Using the information provided over choosing a good supplier, apply the criteria to the purchase of a new car. Discuss your answers to the following questions: Is the quality good, is the vendor reliable, does the vendor have a favorable reputation, is the company easy to work with? Based on your answers, which of the vendor would be your choice? Why?
|Unit 3: Supply Chain Distribution||Investment in Operations||
Read this section to explore supply chain optimization. Supply chains must be fast, cheap and reliable for a good return-on-investment. This section is important because it focuses on how to focus on designing a supply chain that allows for the manufacturing and distribution of products and a low cost and high profit.
|Study Guide||PRDV304 Study Guide|
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