BCPM0028: Supply Chain Management
Task: The construction industry is characterised as fragmented and transactional, which often leads to adversarial relationships between several supply chain actors. The role of the client is critical for the success of supply chain management in construction. Critically discuss how construction clients can organise themselves, as a focal organisation, to act as the supply chain manager. In particular, discuss the capabilities that clients need to build in-house (intra-organisational) to coordinate the large network of suppliers (inter- organisational perspective) involved in construction projects.
Support your case with reference to published material. Include case studies if you wish, however only to illustrate the arguments made.
You might like to start your readings by looking at Pryke (2020) Successful construction supply chain management: Concepts and case studies. (2nd ed.), particularly chapters 1, 10, and 16.
Supplemental Information: For marking scheme, word count and referencing requirements please refer to the Course Notes. Your role in dealing with this assignment is to identify relevant published material and discuss and analyse this material, making a case in response to the question set. Some of the material published may contain case study material which you may wish to consider and reference. Case study material might be useful but do not construct your discussion around the case study material solely – use it to illustrate the conceptual points that you derive from the literature.
A good academic essay will always cite recent journal articles in addition to some key book-based references. Use Google Scholar but avoid web-based material unless you are certain of the quality of the source.
Try to be critical in your thinking and analysis, not just descriptive of what others say.
Please use Harvard Referencing style. Examples of the Harvard referencing system are included in your Course Notes and were discussed in the research methods sessions. Please find the following information relevant in your coursework brief:
|Type of content||Counts towards the word limit|
|Table of contents||No|
|Reference list or bibliography at the end||No|
|Diagrams, annotated pictures, figures and any
|Tables in the main text||Yes|
|Section||Proportion of the marks|
A clear statement which sets the scene and outlines the context, the objectives of the essay and a summary of the structure of the paper.
An overview that stimulates the reader about the content of the paper.
Describe the problem that the essay is addressing in the construction sector, support your arguments with evidence of past literature in SCM and highlight the need for a better understanding of the role of the client
and capabilities to manage the supply chain.
Provide critical and coherent analysis of the supply chain management literature to support your arguments about client capabilities to manage the supply chain. In your analysis, you are expected to comprehensively analyse the literature to discuss the principles of supply chain management connected to your arguments. You can illustrate the arguments with examples from case-studies, however please be careful with the word count and avoid long descriptions. Case study material might be useful but do not construct your discussion around the case study material solely – use it to illustrate the conceptual points that you
derive from the literature.
This section is an opportunity to highlight the key findings of your exploration. Summarise your arguments and guide the reader to find the answer for the implications of your exploration, you should highlight the
managerial recommendations based on your scientific paper.
How well you organise your paper, including the flow of information to the reader. The objective is to write following an academic style, grounding the argument in scientific literature.
The essay should not be over 3.000 words. Use headings/sub-headings to organise your text. Support your arguments with evidence from the literature. Introduce the tables/figures before they are presented in the
text. Do not include an abstract/Exec summary.
3,000 words excluding diagrams, figures, and references.