Globalization logistics and supply chain

| December 22, 2015

Learning Outcomes Tested
In order to complete the module successfully, students are expected to be able to: –
• Analyse and critically evaluate the key drivers influencing globalisation

• Critically evaluate the development and management of the logistics function and the systems involved in the global transportation of

goods, their modal split and comparative strengths and weaknesses.

2. Assignment Aim
The aims of the module:
• To identify the key drivers and trends that are increasing the globalisation of industries, markets and sectors, including the role of

the SME;
• To explore the structure and management of a global and international logistics and supply networks;
• To examine the main activities involved in global and international logistics and supply chain management.
3. Assessment requirements
. This coursework is designed to critically assess contemporary globalisation and logistics and supply chain theories and concepts and

assess students’ ability to evaluate and suggest performance improvements in a real or case-study organisational environment.

The assessment criteria for PS4S34 will consist of TWO 3,000 word assignments or coursework (CW1 & CW2) as outlined below: –

3,000 words +/- 10% (50% of the overall grade) – Submission date –
Assignment Rationale

There are many globalisation commentators, e.g. Levit, (1983); Frear, Metcalf, and Alguire, (1992): Yip (1989, 1992 & 2003); Rugman and

Verbeke, (2004); Ghemawat, (2007); Peng and Pleggenkuhle-Miles, (2009), Dicken, (2011) who have all provoked a diverse range of arguments

concerning the existence and relevance of globalisation and total global strategies, which can impact upon all types of organisations and


Some of these commentators (e.g. Dickens, 2011) even went as far to suggest that most recently, the global landscape has drastically

changed and he (i.e. Dicken) provoked the idea that “….the economic turmoil that began in 2008 has heralded the end of


Consequently, understanding the current discourse of globalisation as a phenomenon and its perceived benefits, drawbacks and myths is now

strategically very important for SMEs, MNEs and other key stakeholder groups to know how to position themselves appropriately in their

market places?
C/W 1 – Task (3,000 words + / – 10%)
Based upon the above mentioned rationale and using relevant course material and wider reading, present a literature review that critically

evaluates the key arguments for and against the existence, role and importance of a ‘total global strategy’ for SMEs and MNEs in 2015/16.

To summarize the above: this module refer to the globalization of logistics and supply chain. The main aim of the assignment is to

critically evaluate the key arguments for and against the existence, role and importance of a total global strategy for SMEs and MNEs in

2015/2016 it will cover the below 3 main questions:
• Hyper, globalist views non liberal and liberal (against – for) this will cover lecture 1A and will be attached on other file
• Totalist (integrated) views V.S. non totalist (non-integrated) view this will cover lecture 1A, 1b, 1c and will be attached on other

• Structural – changes affecting the global landscop (pesiel) Lecture 8 and outsourcing
The structure will cover

• Introduction (the aim of the paper is to…. , approaches. ……..)
• 3 above elements
o Hyper globalization debates and then arguments
o Totalist (integrated) views V.S. non totalist and then arguments
o Structural – changes and then arguments
• Conclusion
o How is the above elements been answered
• References Harvard style alphabetical order up to 30 references
General Guidelines for the Overall Paper

• The purpose of assignment is to allow you to demonstrate your ability to research by reviewing appropriate academic literature and your

understanding of the course concepts/theories and their application. As a result, it will be necessary therefore to include references to

relevant frameworks, models, concepts and techniques in your response (i.e. using the Harvard Referencing System).

• Information gleaned from the internet / library, newspapers, textbooks etc, should be used and clearly referenced in the main body of

your answers. These should also be placed in your Reference and Bibliography section. Help will be provided with how to use the correct

Harvard referencing style.

• Current newspaper cuttings / journals can be used, if you so wish, to help illustrate your discussion and these must also be clearly


• However, if you do use an appendix, you are strongly recommended not to include anything there without referring to it at least briefly

in the main body of the answer. N.B. Try not over fill the appendices with irrelevant information!

• Diagrams may be used within your answers and these should also be suitably credited for appropriate inclusion and usage.

• Please do not reference your name at any stage of this assignment. The work will be ‘blind’ marked in accordance with the University of

South Wales regulations. For identification purposes, please place your student number only on the front cover only of your answer.

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