Supply Chain Design and Analysis

Assessment 2 (Individual Assignment)

Step 1:  Supply Chain Design

• Select one of the following supply  chains:

–  Blood SC

–  Meat  SC (or any food SC, e.g. chicken)

–  Dairy SC (or any product concerning  the Cold SC)

–  Vaccine SC

–  Coffee Bean SC (or any Agricultural product)

–  Humanitarian SC

–  Car manufacturing SC (or Airplane,  Ship, etc.)

–  Waste  Management SC

–  Other  (please have a chat  with your tutor before selecting a topic which is not listed above)

• Explain  design and structure of the selected supply chain and use a network  model to provide a schematic overview of the SC in the country  that you are currently studying.

• All important aspect  of supply chain design should be well explained,  e.g. nodes, flow of product/services, risks, decisions, authorities, disruptions, stakeholders, etc.

Step 2:  Supply Chain Analysis

• Identify  at  least 20 peer reviewed articles  where mathematical (quantitative) methods  have been used to address  various  knowledge gaps for the selected supply  chain.

–  At least 5 of the selected articles  should be published  after  2010.

• Select at least 2 mathematical (quantitative) methods.

–  There  is no obligation  that you select mathematical methods  which are covered in this course.

–  Given  that at  least  20 peer  reviewed  articles  should  be  identified  for the  selected  2 quantitative methods,  8 to 12 articles  should be selected for each quantitative method.

–  Methods which are used for investigating into the relationship between variables are not considered as mathematical modelling in this assignment. For example, Regression, Logistics Regression, Structural Equation Modelling (SEM),  Partial Least  Squares  (PLS)  are not suitable  for this assignment.

• Write  a comprehensive  literature review on the  application of “your  selected”  mathematical methods  to design and analysis  of “your selected”  supply  chain and address  the following (but  not limited  to) points:

–  How do the selected mathematical methods  work?

–  What  problems  have been addressed  in the selected SC using the selected mathematical methods?

–  How could  the  selected  mathematical methods  help  to  design  and  analysis  of the  selected  supply chain?

–  What  are the limitations of selected quantitative methods?

–  Undertaking any additional critical and/or content analysis on the application of selected quantitative methods  in analysis  of selected supply  chain results  in higher mark.

Step 3:  Summary of Findings

• A summary  of findings regarding  the selected articles should be explained  in this section.  Please note that findings of the selected articles  should be summarised  here, not your findings in the previous  section.

• There  is no need to explain the mathematical methods  in this section.  Only the knowledge gaps and their corresponding  answers from each article  should be explained.

• If findings of selected articles  are related,  the relationship between  findings should be clearly explained.

Proposed Report Structure

• Title: Literature Review on Application of Quantitative Methods in Design and Analysis of “your selected SC” Supply Chain

• Supply Chain Design

• Supply Chain Analysis

• Summary of Findings

• References


• From  each article  something  unique should be explained  in the report.

• The identified articles do not necessarily address a problem in the country  that you are currently studying in.

• Word  limit:  2500 ± 500 words

• As a RMIT  Business student, you are required  to use the Harvard referencing  system.

• The naming  convention  for both  Word  and Excel files is: ‘Student Number_Student Name’.


The assignment report  is marked  based on the following rubric:

Supply Chain  DesignRefer to the assignment30%
Supply Chain  AnalysisRefer to the assignment40%
Summary  of FindingsRefer to the assignment20%
PresentationQuality  of writing,  grammar,10%
 citations, references, format 
 and structure of report, 
 captions,  etc.