Managing your food and agri-business supply chains
- Module code
- Module leader
- Louise Manning
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 15 hours plus 15 hours module orientation (distance learning), 80 hours directed and independent distance learning via a range of student activities, 40 hours assessment preparation
- Teaching period
- Semester 1 or 2
This module is designed to develop students’ understanding of the interactions that occur within agri-food supply chains within the context of public and private policy structures. The module will provide students with the opportunity to explore current thinking and to apply these theories and models to real-life scenarios. The module will consider agri-food supply chains in the context of wider food systems and how these frame and influence agri-food supply chain practice. The module will address agri-food supply chains as socio-technical systems with specific emphasis on how people and systems interact and the benefits and potential conflicts that can occur.
Content for this module:
Supply chain structure
Supply chains, stages and practices, resource availability, supply chain management, operations management, organisational theory, socio-technical systems,
Supply chain governance
Private and public governance including hybridization of policy, legislation, third party standards, risk based regulation, international regulation and policy mechanisms, supply chain artefacts and rituals, power dynamics, trust and tensions, information asymmetry, transparency vs. opacity, mendacious behaviour, supply chain integrity, traceability, authenticity, quality management, validation and verification systems.
Supply chain resilience
Resilience, internal and external shocks and triggers e.g. natural disasters, disease outbreak and supply problems, food safety problems, product recall, trade issues, war and political unrest, labour problems, business continuity planning, risks to resilience, emerging technologies, food defence strategies.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Evaluate the structure and operational efficacy of different food supply chain models in a given market situation.
- Critically appraise the internal and external organisational triggers, characteristics and drivers that influence strategic and operational decision making in supply chains.
- Analyse information from a range of sources to inform effective decision-making
|First Sit||Coursework: Supply chain infographic suitable for an organisational /policy briefing||30%|
|First Sit||Coursework: Briefing paper to support infographic with appended academic commentary (2500 words)||70%|
|Referral (capped at 40%)||Coursework: Supply chain infographic suitable for an organisational /policy briefing||30%|
|Referral (capped at 40%)||Coursework: Briefing paper to support infographic with, for re-submissions, an appended academic commentary and reflection on improvements (2750 words)||70%|
- British Food Journal
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- Dani, S. (2015). Food supply chain management and logistics: from farm to fork. Kogan Page. [E-book]. Online: (Accessed: 06 September 2018).
- Food Control
- Food Policy
- Hill, A. and Hill, T. (2018). Essential operations management. 2nd edn. Palgrave.
- Journal of Cleaner Production
- Manning L (2018) Institute of Food Science and Technology Guide to Good Manufacturing Practice 7th Edition – Manning, L. Eds. Wiley ISBN-978-1119388449 10th August 2018.
- Pullman, M. and Wu, Z. (2011). Food supply chain management: economic, social and environmental perspectives. New York: Routledge. [E-book]. Online: (Accessed: 06 September 2018)
- Slack, N., Brandon-Jones, A. and Johnston, R. (2016). Operations management. 8th edn. Pearson. [E-book]. Online: (Accessed: 06 September 2018).
- Supply Chain Management
- Trends in Food Science and Technology