BUU44680 Global Supply Chain Management

(10 ECTS) 



Conor Dowling 

Phone: 085 161 0357
Email: conor.dowling@tcd.ie 
Office Hours: By arrangement  

Module Description: 

This module begins by exploring the fundamental concepts underpinning supply chain management in contemporary manufacturing and services operations.

Learning Outcomes:

Having successfully completed this module, the student will be able to:

  • Draw on the concepts and theories covered in the module as lenses for better understanding how modern global supply chains operate and may be optimised
  • Collaborate with fellow students in researching these applications of supply chain concepts
  • Articulate how these concepts apply in a variety of business settings
  • Analyse the impacts on global supply chain design and operations of currently topical issues such as sustainability, globalisation, and technological advances
  • Assess data available on the web and learnings offered in academic literature as resources providing deeper insights into global supply chain design and management.

Textbook and Readings:

Required core course textbook:

Chopra, S. & P. Meindl, Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning, and Operation. (Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd, 2015) 6th edition

General Supplemental Readings:

Supplementary readings relating to each theme of the course will be made available on Blackboard.


Semester 1:

  • Assignment 1a: (Group Assignment): Case Study Analysis and Presentation (20%)
  • Assignment 1b: (Individual Assignment): Reflective Analysis on Focus Area Presentations (5%)
  • Assignment 2: (Individual Assignment): Critical Discussion Assignment (25%)

Semester 2:

  • Assignment 2a: (Group Assignment): Focus Area Analysis (20%)
  • Assignment 2b: ((Individual Assignment): Reflective Analysis on Focus Area Presentations (5%)
  • Examination: (25%)