Follow below format: Introduction Introduce your report, and state its purpose and focus. Highlight why the topic is important. Give an outline of the content / organisation of the remainder of the report, and summarise your recommendations. Body: Research and Discussion This is the ‘heart’ of your report and should provide evidence of careful and thorough research. You need to show that you have: read widely around the topics identified in ‘Requirements for Your Report’ (together with any areas you uncover during your literature review); analysed your reading effectively; presented your findings in a logical manner; identified the major factors associated with your topic; and drawn logical and useful conclusions (if applicable) from your analysis. You can consider to have 4 sections in this report with each section covering one bullet point in the Assignment Requirements above. Do remember to give each section a short meaningful Subtitle rather than using a long sentence as a subtitle. For example, assuming you make your first section as Introduction, you could structure your answer to bullet point 1 as the following:
2. Business and technical environment for SMS
2.1 business environment for SMS
2.2 technical environment for SMS Conclusion In your conclusion section you have two tasks: to summarise your arguments and to identify interesting, worrying or critical lessons learned from your analysis and discussion. It can be viewed as a ‘so what?’ section of a report, because it allows you to show the reader why it’s been worth your while to undertake the research. Referencing Detailed information on how to use referencing properly is available on the UTAS website at: http://www.learningsupport.utas.edu.au/Resources/referencing.htm. Remember – while I will be expecting a complete Reference List formatted according to the UTAS Harvard standards, it is NOT sufficient simply to list all your sources at the end of your report – you MUST cite them as you go. No reference should appear in the bibliography unless it is referenced in the text of your report. You must support all assertions in your report with citations and ensure you include all the material you use: not to do so is plagiarism. If you are treating any reference as an ‘authority’, you need to use a different citation format from the one you use when simply adding a citation to an assertion, e.g. 1. The ‘authority’ approach: Hinds (2011) believes that SCM is really …
2. The ‘reference’ approach: Many authors discuss the issue of ERP implementations (Hinds 2011; Smith & Williams 2010), but ... When you actually quote from a source, you must use quotation marks + a page number (if one exists – page numbers are not available with Web references, of course). Try to limit the amount of direct quotation and close paraphrasing to the minimum in your report. If you do not properly follow the guidelines for referencing, you are liable to lose 15% of the marks for this assignment. More serious cases will be dealt with under the University’s academic integrity policy. You might care to take this opportunity to find out how to use a referencing database and tool – e.g. EndNote, which is available from the UTAS library at http://utas.libguides.com/endnote You will lose marks for: omitting the table of contents; for not structuring the report logically; for poor or inconsistent formatting and layout of the report and, above all, for incorrect use of referencing.
• Provide an analysis of the business (eg. Domestic and international competitions, customer base and company finance etc) and technical environment (eg. IT infrastructure, internal IT skills and support structure etc) of Harley-Davidson when it started its Supply Chain Management System (SMS) project.
• With reference to the case information, discuss the drivers or the reasons AND the challenges for formulating the Supply Management Strategy in Harley-Davidson in late 1990s.
• Discuss with some details from the case study the strategic approach Harley-Davidson took towards implementing the ERP system, including but not limited to business process mapping (“As Is” vs “To Be”), project team and technology rationalization, supplier selection process etc. Give your critique of the approach.
• Before implementing SMS, Berryman believed that the key of a successful SMS strategy is “building a depth of understanding around the strategy”. With some research give a summary of the critical success factors for ERP implementations. Site examples from the Harley-Davidson case study where relevant.