Examples used in the report can range due to personal backgrounds and theoretical interest of the individual students. Each topic requires to be well researched both from a theoretical point of view and practical applications. It is imperative that your topic is well described (inclusive of real world examples), and that the selection of theoretical area is well justified.
The marking criteria is as follows:
1. Analyses a business context to identify issues and define problems 20%: The specific sub-topic chosen by the student is clearly identified and justified.
2. Collects reference material, information, and data 20%: The topic is well researched, using peer-reviewed literature from journals from top journals in the field of supply chain management. Data are supplied (if relevant).
3. Data analysed 30%: Information about case examples, relevant to the topic are included and well explained. Cases are relevant and well justified.
4. Provides examples demonstrating practices, principles or theories to arrive at logical conclusions 30%: Evidence of a clear, innovative argument about howthe case studies relate to the theory and how this applies to everyday supply chain management.
Students are asked to investigate one topic related to the interaction between risk and supply chain management. The topic of investigation should be fairly narrow in scope, and not a comprehensive review. Students may choose the sub-topic and scope, but this choice should to allow for the necessary depth. The topic can be selected as per students' familiarity with relevant cases. You can see an example of how these interactions occur in this article.
Some examples sub-topics include:
- Risk triggering changes in supply chain management decision making,
- How a supply chain is designed to be robust or resilient,
- What the supply chain does in response to risky supplier relationships,
- Whether a supply chain chooses to enter risky markets,
- Supply chain design towards risk avoidance,
- Mitigation of supply chain risks,
- Cybersecurity extended to the supply chain,
- Adoption of technological innovations and their impact on supply chain vulnerability.