Due to globalisation, declining trade barriers, and an increasingly mobile workforce, the global logistics industry continues to enjoy remarkable growth

Assessment topic: Complexities, risks, and opportunities in international logistics


Due to globalisation, declining trade barriers, and an increasingly mobile workforce, the global logistics industry continues to enjoy remarkable growth. By expanding their service offerings both upstream and downstream logistics service providers are becoming masters of their supply chain (PWC, 2015). Globalisation of business also increases complexities and risks in global supply chain and logistics management. Hence more in depth study on international logistics complexities, risks and opportunities is important, so firms can manage risks and mitigate possible consequences of risks for better logistics services.


Assignment overview

The final assignment of this course is to write a report on international logistics complexities, risks and opportunities. From existing theory and literature identify international logistics complexities, risk factors and opportunities; and discuss with some examples. In brief the report needs to cover the following points for either a business or a supply chain, or you can cover the points separately.

  • Define and identify complexities in international supply chain. Discuss three major complexities in international logistics with examples.
  • Identify possible risks associated with international logistics business and operations and the impacts on supply chain performance. Discuss three important risks related to the sector /business/chain you are studying. (Risks could be related to outsourcing or offshoring, cross border issues, cultural sensitiveness, market volatilities, geopolitical, or internal and external to supply chain. Risk could be specific for an industry. Risks could be due to possible disruptions (natural or man-made) of the chain.)
  • Even though there are issues in international logistics, there are some opportunities for international logistics. Identify opportunities that arise from international logistics, and discuss three major opportunities.

At the end you can summarize your report by concluding on the above three points with some insights.


Guideline to preparing the report:

  • Prepare a brief project summary (outline) to explain what you plan to do. The outline should be submitted by email to your tutor so that the tutor can check whether it meets the requirements.  Please note that you can start work from the beginning of the semester and consult with your tutor about the plan at your earliest. The summary should outline the context of the study (for example the supply chain and logistics chain to be studied) and a brief plan of work. Students who are having difficulties must talk to the lecturer or tutor as soon as possible.
  • After receiving feedback from the tutor, prepare your final report by examining literature on international logistics issues described earlier. The assignment should be well researched and appropriately referenced (using Harvard referencing style), including a bibliography



Length:                      maximum 2000 words ± 10% (excluding executive summary, table of contents references, tables, figures, graphs)

Structure:                  The report should follow an acceptable academic structure for literature reviews (e.g. Introduction, Topics Discussion, Conclusions, References, etc.)

Report marking criteria:

The grade will be based on the relevance and extent of research, how effectively basic concepts of assignments have been applied and the clarity of the writing and your particular view point.

  • Introduction: 3 marks
  • Main body of the report- Your ability to identify & successfully address the prescribed issues on international logistics (with insights and depth of research from latest literature): 24 marks
  • Conclusions and recommendations: 5 marks
  • Overall quality of report (presented in logical manner, good organization of the report): 5 marks
  • References/citations presented in RMIT Business style: 3 marks



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