Supply Chain Risk Management

Supply Chain Management Assignment 3

— Analysis of Case Study (2000 words – 40%)

Assignment 3 is an individual assignment. It is a case study analysis and report based on the topic of Supply Chain Risk Management

The Problem:

 “Recent events have vividly demonstrated that a disruption affecting an entity anywhere in the supply chain can have a direct effect on a corporation’s ability to continue operations, get finished goods to market or provide critical services to customers. Organisations that think they have managed risk have often overlooked the critical exposures along their supply chain.”

Review this statement in the context of systems support operations.


  1. Define supply chain risk management (SCRM), focusing on how it can be employed to reduce vulnerability within the supply chain and the actions that can be taken to mitigate or eliminate and manage risk in the logistics and financial functions.
  2. Discuss the role and importance of SCRM in effective management of complex systems support. What, if any, risks are inherent in support of complex defence systems? How can resilience be built into the supply chain for systems support?
  3. Critically evaluate the relevance of current research in SCRM in relation to defence industry. Offer a comparison of SCRM in the commercial environment, with an opinion of potential benefits in both sectors.
  4. Evaluate the extent to which SCRM is included and managed in current defence industry projects, by utilising your own progressive case study.

Suggested Readings

Some suggested readings are listed below and have been uploaded in the assessment area. You can also download these papers from RMIT Library under AZ journal search. You should also do your own research.

 Cite and list these references using Harvard Referencing format.

  • Christopher, M. Mena, C. Khan, O. Yurt, O 2011 “Approaches to Managing Global Sourcing Risk” Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. Vol. 16 (2)
  • Khan, O. Creazza, A 2009 “Managing the Product DesignSupply Chain Interface: Towards a Roadmap to the Design Centric Business” International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. Vol. 39 (4)
  • Khan, O. Christopher, M. Burnes, B 2008 “The Impact of Product Design on Supply Chain Risk: A Case Study” International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. Vol. 38 (5)
  • Khan, O. Cutler-Greaves, Y 008) “Mitigating Supply Chain Risks Through Improved Agility: Lessons from a UK Retailer” International Journal of Agile Systems and Management. Vol. 3 (3/4)
  • Khan, O. Burnes, B, 2007 “Risk and Supply Chain Management: Creating A Research Agenda” International Journal of Logistics Management Vol. 18 (2)
  • Khan, O 2006 “Sustaining Competitive Advantage Through Supply Chain Risk Management: The Role of Design In Mitigating Supply Chain Risks” Supply Chain Practice. Vol 8 (2)
  • Khan, O. 2003 “Minimizing Risks in the Product Development Process – The Case of Marks and Spencer” international Journal of New Product Development and Innovation Management March/April Vol. 5 (1)

 Marking criteria and standards

  • relevance of your answer to the question
  • clarity of expression
  • clear and succinct description of the topic
  • originality and creative thought • research up-to-date with the topic
  • reflections on theory/ applications related to the chosen topics
  • supporting documentation for arguments
  • correct documentation and use of at least TEN (10) sources of references including SIX (6) academic journal articles (preferably published since 2007) (Harvard Referencing system within context)
  • good format/ structure • logical planning and sequence • use of inclusive language • overall presentation, including correct grammar, spelling and punctuation • comprehensive coverage reflecting engagement with readings, texts and other relevant materials.

The main sections of the report are:

  • Introduction (5 marks)
  • Body – Literature Review and reflection (50 marks)
  • Conclusion (5 marks)
  • Learning Outcomes (20 Marks)-

section e • English Expression (10 marks) • Referencing (10 marks)

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