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Module Title LM Strategic Procurement and Supplier Management
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 29466
Module Lead Chris Lonsdale
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
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.

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 29466-01 : Individual Assignments : Coursework (80%)
29466-02 : Group Assignment : Group Assessment - Coursework (20%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: Group exercise (20%) and 3000 word individual assignment (80%).

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