Supply chains are all around us yet, just like icebergs, they are largely invisible. They tend to be something that we take for granted until something goes wrong. This means that we can make decisions that unknowingly have a huge impact, either positive or negative, on other people and organisations in the chain. It is a vast topic. We hope that by relating it to everyday objects and decisions, and providing the opportunity to reflect on how this relates to your organisation, it will enable you to make more holistic business decisions.
This is a six-week course that is structured so as to allow you to explore not only the general concept of supply chain (Week 1), but the core processes that underpin it. As part of our lives we need to make decisions regarding all aspects of the supply chain. These decisions relate to the things we buy (Week 3), how they are made (Week 4), how they are moved (Week 5) and how, at the end of their life, we choose to deal with them (Week 6). Making decisions requires a degree of foresight or planning. As you will discover, planning is the glue that holds the supply chain together and is the focus for Week 2.
The ethos behind this course is to encourage learners to see the world around them through the lens of the supply chain. In doing so we hope that you might be more mindful of the business implications of the supply chain decisions that you make on behalf of your organisation.
As you will discover, the concept of supply chains is more ambiguous than you may think. Content is provided in a range of formats to spark debate. Please do engage in the discussions and don’t feel afraid to share your views. There are no right answers. This is a two-way process and we are very interested to hear your views and join in a conversation.
At the start of each week, we’ll send you a short email to introduce the week’s topic. You should learn at your own pace, but we encourage you to join the conversations happening in the current week if you can. If you haven’t completed the module by the end of the final week, don’t worry, the materials will remain open for a further two weeks. You will have unlimited access to the materials after the course has formally ended.