Managing Strategic Resources and Operations

Module description

This module provides a fundamental underpinning for the design of sustainable business strategies by focusing on how to achieve the efficient and effective management of resources and operations.  You will be introduced to a range of operations management concepts, within the context of operations as transformational systems.  A key theme will be how to eliminate MUDA (waste) which can arise in over-production, waiting, conveyance, processing, inventory, motion and correction. The module will provide you with the means to analyse operations activities and design solutions to overcome wasteful operational processes and issues.               

InternationalisationInternationalisation is a core theme exemplifies in the use of international cases and video material used in class. The importance of international alliances is explored in the topics of buyer-supplier relations, inventory management, supply and innovation.  

Sustainability: The term “Muda” or waste is explored in depth in terms of how to avoid non value-added activities, is a core theme. Inventory management, managing quality and process choice and layout go into much depth about to ensure avoidance of waste, which goes to the very essence of Sustainability

Employability: In this module, you will develop skills in presenting and team-work dynamics in regular presentations in class

Ethics and Corporate Responsibility: the module will look at ethics as part of several topics.

Research in Teaching: the module will use research articles in addition to the core text;

Full module specification

Module title:Managing Strategic Resources and Operations
Module code:MBAM925A
Module level:M
Academic year:2016/7
Module lecturers:
  • Steve Brown - Convenor
Module credit:12
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:

4 days

Module aims

In short, the aims of the module are to:

  • Introduce you  to the basic framework, scope, and management of activities involved in operations management 
  • Understand some of the complexities in operations
  • Appreciate the strategic importance of operations management
  • Identify emerging trends impacting on the sustainability of organisation

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. identify, apply and critique the strategic frameworks of operations management.
  • 2. model organisations as systems and sub-systems.
  • 3. describe the main design factors and their alternatives which shape operations management.
  • 4. explain and apply a range of fundamental operational improvements.
  • 5. explain and apply quality management concepts.
  • 6. analyse organisations using standard benchmarking.
  • 7. synthesise from a range of operations management methods and apply within problem contexts.
  • 8. critically evaluate the role of operations within different business models.
  • 9. explain the evolution, challenges and consequences of the smart city, big data, 3DP-RDM and green production

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 10. apply appropriate theoretical principles to analyse complex organisational problems.
  • 11. contribute solutions to the transformation of business processes in pursuit of greater efficiency.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 12. present analytical findings effectively.
  • 13. manage independent study and research using library and internet resources.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching28Lectures & Facilitated Group Discussions
Guided Independent Study92Reading, Research, Writing

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In class discussions/ feedback on case studies30 - 40 minutes3 - 6Oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Exam 502 hours1 - 13Written feedback
Group Presentation2015 minutes in class1 - 13Written feedback
Corproate Challenge orIndividual assignment for students unable to take the Corporate Challenge30Powerpoint Slide deck or 2000 words1 - 13Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExamResit Exam 1 - 13Term 3 for exam resit
Individual assignment2500 words1-136 weeks after results

Syllabus plan

Strategic operations management: the major areas of responsibility in operations management and their strategic importance, and how these areas should help support the organisation in the market; lean manufacturing; outsourcing; from cost management to innovation and business value. 

Improving operations through total quality management, benchmarking, business process reengineering and process mapping; Six Sigma and waste reduction. 

Supply chain management: power, value, inter-firm relationships and value stream management. Process choice and strategy in manufacturing and services; types of layout; cutting edge practices

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Slack, N, Chambers, S and R Johnston (2010) Operations Management, Pitman Publishing (6th Edition).



Slack, N. Brandon-Jones, A. and R. Johnston (2011) Essentials of Operations Management, FT Prentice Hall, (1st Edition).


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