SCMT200 OP51 Fall 2015
Assignment 1- SCMT 200 OP51: Introduction to Global Supply Chain Management
Q1. (6 marks) Be specific and to the point. Q1-1. (3 marks) “Companies should continue to strive to merge or acquire their suppliers and industrial customers to form a larger conglomerate and achieve vertical integration. That way, supply chain integration can be readily attained.” (approx. 150 words) Clearly indicate whether you “agree” or “disagree” with the statement above and
support your position.
Q1-2 (3 marks) Explain how the emergence of the Internet/ World-wide web in the mid- 1990s contributed to the advancement of supply chain management. (approx. 150 words)
Q2. (8 marks) For the following two questions, refer to the article “What is the right supply chain for your products” by Marshall Fisher.
Q2-1. (4 marks) Briefly summarize the HBR (1997) article: “What is the right supply chain for your products” by Marshall Fisher (Approx. 1 page, 1.5 line-spacing)
Q2-2. (4 marks) Conduct a research to provide at least two “real industry” examples of product-supply chain mismatch which are out of the ‘strategic-fit zone’. Clearly explain why and how they are out of ‘strategic fit’. (approx. 200 words) Using examples from or directly citing Fisher’s article will get no marks.
SCMT200 OP51 Fall 2015
Q3. (8 marks) Short Essays. Be brief and to the point in your discussion. Clearly indicate whether you “agree” or “disagree” with each statement below and support each of your response with (a) real business example(s).
Q3-1. (4 marks) For most innovative products, market mediation function is easy and trivial; main focus should be put on minimizing physical costs. Agree Disagree Explain and support your response with (a) real business example(s) not mentioned in Fisher.
Q3-2. (4 marks) Companies should focus on lead time reduction as the top priority for functional products as it leads to minimum on-hand inventory level. Agree Disagree Explain and support your response with (a) real business example(s).
Q4. (13 marks) CJ Industries and Heavey Pumps Read the case posted on Blackboard: CJ Industries and Heavey Pumps Q4-1. (10 marks: 3-4-3) Answer three case discussion questions at the end of the case. Keep each response to approx. 200 words Q4-2. (3 marks) What other factors need to be considered in supplier selection for CJ Industries?
You are encouraged to conduct research using either online or offline resources for the assignment. For any online or offline references used, you are required to make proper citations according to the APA standard.
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