Strategic Logistics Management approaches the topic from a senior managerial perspective and brings together previous learning including marketing logistics, forecasting and inventory management, warehousing design and management, information technology, purchasing management, global supply chain management, supplier partnerships, transport and distribution in an integrative and strategic framework relevant to senior managers in the supply chain function. The different elements of logistics and supply chain management are examined in terms of how they interrelate and interface with other functions of the firm. The module also outlines key developments and challenges facing the senior supply chain manager.
The strategic logistics plan serves as the platform for this module’s design. It looks at the importance of the logistics audit and traces the development of a strategic logistics plan. Components of the strategic logistics plan are:
- A management overview describing the logistics strategy in general terms and its relationship to the other major business functions.
- A statement of logistics objectives related to cost and service for both products and customers.
- A description of the individual customer service, inventory, warehousing, transportation, supplier partnership and supplier development strategies to support the overall plan.
- An outline of the major logistics programmes or operational plans.
- Forecasts of necessary labour resources and capital requirements.
- A description of the business impact of the logistics strategy in terms of corporate profits, customer service performance, and the impact on the other business functions.
Course content will be chosen to assess and explore current academic literature and varying real-life issues of strategic logistics management analysis and decision-making. These will be chosen from, but not limited to, the following areas:
- An efficient logistics organisation
- Decision making strategies in logistics organisations
- The planning process, sustainable strategic logistics planning
- Developing optimal sustainable logistics organisations
- Strategic logistics risk management
- Strategic logistics performance management
- Strategic Logistics and sustainable competitive advantage
- Logistics future challenge and opportunities
Formal lectures are supplemented by structured classroom discussions and a series of group-based presentation exercises. These interactive exercises will serve to re-enforce some of the academic learning on the module. The exercises allow the participants to apply the learning in topic based and case-based contexts. In addition, company case histories and video presentations may be presented to illustrate key themes in strategic logistics.
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