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LUBS3966 Managing Global Value Chains

10 creditsClass Size: 88

Module manager: Deepak Arunachalam

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Globalisation is a topic that students are interested in to discover and it is important to learn how it affects business operations, economies and societies. This 10-credit module equips students with a broad understanding of global issues of value chains. A value chain is a network of companies that are directly or indirectly interlinked and interdependent in providing products and services. It comprises producers, vendors of raw materials, warehouses, manufactures, and retailers that bring products and services to end-consumers. Value chains put emphasis on creating and delivering value for end consumers in a sustainable way in contrast to supply chains that emphasis the physical distribution of products. Managing value chains represents an innovative way to think about companies and enterprising. Learning how effectively manage the value chain is critical when creating a new venture or scaling up a business. The right value chain supports the development of new products and enables a company to offer value-added services to customers with optimal results. Teaching is by traditional lectures and small-group seminars. On completion of this module, students will possess valuable skills currently much sought after by businesses with purchasing departments, sourcing companies and consultancies and governmental organisations.


After completing this module, students should have a broad understanding of logistics and distribution systems from the perspectives both of society and of the freight industry.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

- Analyse and describe value chains and contemporary logistics and distribution systems
- Assess and critically evaluate how Globalization affects value chains
- Analyse and synthesise a number of key themes in value chain management
- Explain how global value chains interrelate with society, economy and the environment
- Demonstrate how global value chain knowledge applies in the creation a new venture or expansion of an existing business


- Globalization and value chains
- Global production and services / offshoring
- Global sourcing
- International purchasing
- Offshoring / Reshoring
- International trade and value chains
- Digital Technologies in Global Value Chains
- Sustainability in Global Value Chain
- Current Challenges in Global value chains (uncertainty, lean)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Students will be expected to read widely on the academic literature of value global chains
- Students will be expected to prepare, participate in class and work on teams in seminar.
- Preparation, exercises, revision - 64 hours
- Coursework - 14 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive feedback during seminar in individual and group work/tasks.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment3,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3,000 word coursework.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/12/2019


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