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BBA - International Business

Global Supply Chain Management

Programme Objectives

The programme has the following aims:

  1. To enable the study of organisations, their management and the changing external and international contexts in which they operate.

  2. Equip individuals for and/or development of a career in international business and associated specialized areas in business development, marketing, finance and tourism management at a professional or equivalent level to assume managerial positions in the arena of international business.

  3. Development of the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of international business and management to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management practice.

  4. Enhancement of lifelong learning and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large.


On successful completion of the programme, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of management theories, current issues of management, the development of conceptual frameworks to guide their application within organizations operating in an increasingly global and competitive environment.
  2. Acquire a strong foundation in key functional areas of business management to enable them to succeed as effective managers in an increasingly complex and dynamic environment.
  3. Exhibit a coherent body of knowledge on economic, ethical, environmental, legal, political, sociological and technological factors together with their effects at local, national and international levels upon the strategy, behaviour and management of organisations.
  4. Demonstrate command of a range of competencies relevant to cross-border management, including inter-cultural awareness and understanding.
  5. Acquire and use a range of concepts, tools and techniques for problem solving and decision-making for analyzing complex and inter-related business scenarios.
  6. Demonstrate and apply critical skills enabling the investigation and evaluation of valid and relevant management issues and practices.

Programme Content


This module has the following aims:

  • To relate principles and concepts of supply chains with an international perspective
  • To develop capability to strategically focus the management planning, control and improvement process.

Learning is facilitated via a series of lectures and supplemented with discussions of topics taking place in regular tutorials/ discussion forums. The majority of classroom content is lectures that outline the theory and practice of global supply chain management supplemented with case studies.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Conceptually link operation with the other business functions with particular reference to the market, finance and measurements.
  • Exhibit a critical understanding of the strategic role of the supply chain in improvement within organizations.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual and practical understanding of the major approaches to operations improvements and how they related in the context of international supply chains.


  • Strategic operating management and techniques
  • Integrating marketing, product/process design and operations management.
  • Logistics and supply chain management – contemporary issues, principles and concepts.
  • Improvement: managing and reducing variation in supply chains
  • Agile supply
  • Buffer management
  • Trade-off resolution
  • Developing and exploiting strategic supply chain capabilities.
  • Conceptually integrating operations with sales, marketing, finance & measurements within the supply chain
  • 10.  International business excellence award models and tools.
  • 11.  International supply chain case applications in service and manufacturing.


  • Course Materials provided by IPE.
  • Sunil Chopra& Peter Meindl, Supply Chain Management, 4th Edition, 2009, Pearson Education.
  • David Goetsch& Stanley Davis, Quality Management and Organisational Excellence, 6th Edition, 2009, Pearson Education
  • Online resources on OCTAL Portal
  • Online data bases from IPE’s E Library