Firms of all kinds are attempting to improve their competitive positions by strategically managing their supply chains through product design, procurement, operations management and logistics. This course is built around the topic of managing supply chains through planning, sourcing, making and delivering an organization’s goods and/or services – from innovation of new designs and suppliers of raw materials through to the final customer. Adopting a value chain approach that consider the upstream and downstream flow of materials, products and services we use case examples seen in the regions visited to develop a fundamental awareness and understanding of the various stages of the value chain. It explores how organizations that learn how to leverage their supply chains can obtain speed, innovation, dependability, flexibility, cost and quality benefits, particularly across the boundaries of functions, firms and nations. It considers the basic fundamental concepts underpinning supply chain management through experiential learning by considering localized and global supply chains and the particular challenges and opportunities of firms operating in the various markets visited. Real-life examples of multinational, fair-trade, sustainable, digital and informal economy supply chains in these regions are used to explore these foundational concepts.
Field WorkCountry: Hawaii, United States
Date: January 12, 2018
We are going to see supply chains ‘in action’ by looking at the chocolate supply chain in Hawaii. We will focus on examining the cocoa/chocolate supply chain as a way to start to understand the basics of supply chains, their management and the various issues this supply chain faces. This is an ideal field day for anyone who wants to see a practical demonstration of a supply chain and to consider the various social, ethical, economic and environmental issues that can impact supply chains. Later in the classroom sessions we look more closely at some of the key issues facing supply chains like cocoa, such as modern slavery and the rise of the fair-trade business model.
1. To understand the various components of the chocolate supply chain
2. To explore the key issues that economic, social, environmental issues that face firms using chocolate in their products; and
3. To discuss the kinds of initiatives that can be used to make such supply chains more environmentally and socially responsible.