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Module Title LM Strategic Procurement and Supplier Management
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Management
Module Code 07 28940
Module Lead Professor Chris Lonsdale
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Description This module is an investigation of ‘best practice’ procurement, contracting and supplier management. First, the module explores the different theories informing the broad subject area. These concern concepts such as trust, opportunism and power, and we look at how such concepts affect the way procurement and supplier management is both studied and practiced.

Second, the module focuses on organisational context and considers the management of the procurement operation. Here we look at procurement transformation, the alignment of procurement with organisational strategy, procurement technology and the internal marketing of the procurement function.

Third, and influenced by our exploration of theories and organisational context, the module discusses how managers might start to think about the implementation of their strategic procurement, contracting and supplier management activities. The key implementation issues covered in the module are: the make-buy decision; organisational buying behaviour; supplier and relationship selection; supplier performance and relationship management; contracting; and conflict management.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Understand, and have opinions on, the key debates within the field of strategic procurement, contracting and supplier management
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the issues surrounding the management of the procurement operation
  • Undertake a rigorous make-buy analysis for an area of third-party expenditure;
  • Understand the constraints on effective organisational buying behaviour
  • Understand the key criteria that should inform supplier selection decisions;
  • Calculate buyer-supplier power relations;
  • Understand the key issues related to supplier performance and relationship management;
  • Be familiar with key global sourcing risks and be able to take a view on managing them;
  • Recognise the hazards and management options relating to contracting;
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the principles of conflict management.
Assessment 28940-02 : 3000 words individual assignment : Coursework (80%)
28940-04 : Group Presentation : Presentation (20%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Group exercise 20%,
Individual assignment (2000w) 80%
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