MO9624 - Supply Chain Innovation

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What will I learn on this module?

The module aims to help you with using knowledge of business and management to understand the management of innovations in supply chains
. The module is delivered to you using weekly lectures and seminars.
Within this module, you will cover five main topics:

• Types of innovations (e.g., product innovation, process innovation, organisational innovation, supply chain innovation and eco innovation);
• Innovation processes;
• Knowledge management for innovation;
• Relating in business networks for managing innovations;
• Introduction to selected process and organisational innovations in supply chains

The module will lead you to the development of a basic understanding of the different facets associated with supply chain innovation. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of supply chain innovation theories and frameworks. You will become aware of the role the management of supply chain innovations plays in the wider business context. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of the role of knowledge management in relation to the management of innovations in supply chains, the drivers for these innovations, the ways in which such innovations can be managed and different aspects associated with the relational nature of managing supply chain innovations.

On completing the module you will have developed an understanding of different types of supply chain innovations, approaches to managing knowledge for supply chain innovation and the relational nature of such innovations. You will also be able to Identify contemporary professional practice in business and management and understand how it is informed by theory and research.

How will I learn on this module?

The two separate hours of lectures per week will provide you with a theoretical underpinning of the module content, supported by a one hour seminar per week which will give you an opportunity to apply some of the theories to selected case study scenarios, allowing you to become conversant in various issues associated with supply chain innovation.

The module has a supporting reading list that provides you with an opportunity to read around the area of supply chain innovation.

Your directed study will support the work you have undertaken in the contact sessions. You will be expected to keep up-to-date with your seminar activities and the reading of academic journal articles.
Independent learning time is set aside for learning activities, self-identified by you, to gain a deeper and broader knowledge of the subject.
The use of case study based seminars means that you will receive formative tutor feedback continuously.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will be provided to you by a member of academic staff leading the module and providing the lecture input. A team of academic staff are allocated to seminar groups of about 20 students, which provides you with a closer, more personal academic support. These seminar groups are typically based on study programme cohorts, so you will be taught here alongside fellow members from your particular degree.

Your module is supported by an e-learning portal, which houses lecture materials and, to some extent, seminar files, alongside assessment details.

You will be provided with a wide-ranging electronic reading list that comprises of various academic reports, conference papers and journal articles that showcase the application of various supply chain innovation related theories presented in the module.

The module assessment consists of two individual assignments. The first one is about topics from the first 6 weeks of teaching; the second one is about topics from the second 6 weeks of teaching. This will encourage your active participation in the learning process throughout the semester. The eLearning portal will be used to permanently host these assignments after release to ensure that you can access the information required at all times.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You are expected to assess knowledge of contemporary supply chain innovation theories and their application to the analysis and interpretation of business case studies. (MLO1)
2. You are expected to appraise knowledge of supply chain innovation in the wider business context. (MLO2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You are expected to develop critique creative and critical thinking skills that involve independence, understanding, justification and the ability to challenge supply chain innovation theories in relation to different kinds of business scenarios. (MLO3)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

How will I be assessed?

The module assessment consists of two individual assignments disseminated at two different times during the semester.

Both of these summative assessments will address MLO1, MLO2 and MLO3.

This will encourage your active participation in the learning process throughout the semester.

The eLearning portal will be used to permanently host these assignments after release to ensure that you can access the information required at all times.

Your work on these assignments will provide you with further chance to apply supply chain innovation theories to practice situations. Each individual assignment will contribute to 50% towards the overall module mark.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

It is expected that you will enter employment with an appropriate level of understanding and proficiency regarding supply chain innovation theories and their practical application. This module provides you with these essential business skills giving you a theoretical understanding of various supply chain innovation frameworks supported through case study based seminar activities. This will prepare you to tackle the two individual assignments. The understanding and practical application of supply chain innovation theories are directly transferable to your working life, through part-time employment, placement or full-time graduate role. Your additional experiences within the module centre on support reading giving you additional awareness of the broad applicability of the module content across the wider business and management subject area.

Course info

UCAS Code N1S8

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Newcastle Business School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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