MO9625 - Supply Chain Innovation

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What will I learn on this module?

The module aims to help you with using knowledge of business and management to understand the management of innovations in supply chains
The module is delivered to you using weekly lectures and seminars.
Within this module, you will cover five main topics:

• Types of innovations (e.g., product innovation, process innovation, organisational innovation, supply chain innovation and eco innovation);
• Innovation processes;
• Knowledge management for innovation;
• Relating in business networks for managing innovations;
• Introduction to selected process and organisational innovations in supply chains

The module will lead you to the development of a basic understanding of the different facets associated with supply chain innovation. In doing so, it will expose you to a wide range of supply chain innovation theories and frameworks. You will become aware of the role the management of supply chain innovations plays in the wider business context. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of the role of knowledge management in relation to the management of innovations in supply chains, the drivers for these innovations, the ways in which such innovations can be managed and different aspects associated with the relational nature of managing supply chain innovations.

On completing the module you will have developed an understanding of different types of supply chain innovations, approaches to managing knowledge for supply chain innovation and the relational nature of such innovations. You will also be able to Identify contemporary professional practice in business and management and understand how it is informed by theory and research.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is delivered through a combination of tutor-directed learning, group and independent learning. In the taught sessions, an interactive approach will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and your own experiences to help you to apply theory to ‘real-life’ situations, critically analysing and making recommendations for appropriate ways forward for the organisation/individual.

An initial workshop will introduce you to the module, assessment and core topics. Subsequent to this you will be guided through a range of subject specific topics delivered over the period of the module. Key messages from these sessions will be available by video/podcast to support your learning outside of the classroom.

Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform supplemented by activities to extend and apply your learning in the workplace.

Independent learning will centre upon the students identifying and pursuing areas of interest in relation to the subject and by providing deeper/broader knowledge and understanding of the subject through a range of learning activities that will include extended reading, reflection, research etc.

Critical reflection on knowledge, experience and practice underpins the learning and teaching philosophy along with the explicit development of competence. You are particularly encouraged to bring examples from the workplace into the classroom to share with each other and with the tutors.

Engagement with your professional development coach and workplace manager/mentor will use these activities as a key element of discussion during coaching and review meetings.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The Teaching and Learning Plan (TLP) will outline:
• Learning outcomes and overall module and programme aims
• Teaching, learning and assessment strategy
• Teaching schedule
• Directed reading references (text and journals) and core texts for the module

During this module your module tutor, a subject specialist, will provide academic support including:
• Delivering workshops
• Providing guidance in relation to assignments
• Specialist subject advice, particularly in linking your work to academic research, and emerging knowledge in the field
• Assessing assignments and assess or review any other agreed summative or formative outputs as appropriate

Support will also include opportunities to gain formative feedback from workshop tutors, peers and your professional development coach on how to apply the learning in the workplace.

Your module is also supported by an e-learning portal, which houses all the module learning materials, workshop resources, interactive activities, assessment details and links to extensive electronic resources, eBooks and electronic academic journal articles.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You are expected to assess knowledge of contemporary supply chain innovation theories and their application to the analysis and interpretation of business case studies. (MLO1)
2. You are expected to appraise knowledge of supply chain innovation in the wider business context. (MLO2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You are expected to develop critique creative and critical thinking skills that involve independence, understanding, justification and the ability to challenge supply chain innovation theories in relation to different kinds of business scenarios. (MLO3)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

How will I be assessed?

The module assessment consists of two individual assignments disseminated at two different times during the semester.

Both of these summative assessments will address MLO1, MLO2 and MLO3.

This will encourage your active participation in the learning process throughout the semester.

The eLearning portal will be used to permanently host these assignments after release to ensure that you can access the information required at all times.

Your work on these assignments will provide you with further chance to apply supply chain innovation theories to practice situations. Each individual assignment of 1,500 words will contribute to 50% towards the overall module mark.





Module abstract

It is expected that you will develop your professional practice with an appropriate level of understanding and proficiency regarding supply chain innovation theories and their practical application. This module provides you with these essential business skills giving you a theoretical understanding of various supply chain innovation frameworks supported through case study based seminar activities. This will prepare you to tackle the two individual assignments. The understanding and practical application of supply chain innovation theories are directly transferable to your working life. Your additional experiences within the module centre on support reading giving you additional awareness of the broad applicability of the module content across the wider business and management subject area.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 Years Part-Time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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