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Weeks 1-2 Weeks 6-9

Overview Supply Chain


Definitions, Supply chain, ordering,
opportunities, basic replenishment, JIT, B2B
technologies, strategy, EC technologies.
business value and ISYS9003
competitive advantage
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B2B
Electronic
weeks 10-11
Weeks 3-5 Commerce
Technology
E-Market
Adoption
Function of markets, supply chain
sourcing, types of reengineering, retail
input, e-markets and industry, VMI, CPFR,
their roles, e-markets adoption issues
hypothesis
Week 1
Introduction
B2B Trading
Process
Week 2
Business
Value and
Competitive
Advantage
Competition vs Resource Based Views

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Sample Exam Question

How can the Internet (EC technologies) be used to counteract


Porters five forces?
Who are the supply chain players involved in the case and what value do
they create?
How do EC technologies create value for the supply chain?
Given the anticipated changes in the market, product and technologies,
what would the impact be on the supply chain players?
Roles of Internet (EC) in Porters five forces?
Bargaining power of suppliers
Bargaining power of customers
New entrants
Threat of substitute
Rivalry

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Sample Exam Question

Explain how organisations can create value from


the use of B2B EC technologies.

Possible points:
EDI can be used to reduce transaction costs by
eliminating or reducing human interventions in B2B
trading
EM can reduce transactions costs to find the right
suppliers and customers
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Other value beyond economic value?

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Weeks 3-4
Sourcing,
E-markets
Weeks 3-4
Sourcing,
E-markets
Week 5
The Electronic
Markets Hypothesis
Theory Failed
Sample Exam Question

Discuss why market mechanism is not always


useful for organisations in managing B2B
transactions

Possible points:
Risky to deal with unknown suppliers despite cheaper
prices offered
Not appropriate for mission critical products/items
Organisations often have an established supply base

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Weeks 6-8
Supply Chain
Management
and Issues
OPOQ

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Lot for Lot

Bull Whip Effect

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JIT

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Sample Exam Question

Why inventory evil?


Which of the replenishment principles that you have
learned are example of pull replenishment and which
ones are push replenishment? Justify your answer
How about uncertainty in supply?
Safety stock is not effective
Safety Lead Time is more effective

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Sample Exam Question

Discuss how B2B EC can be used to reduce the


bullwhip effect

Possible points:
Use EDI to reduce LT and share demand information
Use B2B EC initiatives such as VMI or CPFR to improve
demand prediction accuracy
Use B2B EC technologies to improve coordination of
activities to reduce LT and stock level eg. Cross
docking
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Weeks 9-10
B2B EC
Technologies
Week 10 Business Process Reengineering
Week 11: Oganisational Issues and
Technology Adoption

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Sample Exam Question

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Sample Exam Question

What are the benefits of VMI for customers and vendors?


What are costs/disadvantages for organisations to adopt VMI?
What are possible barriers to VMI adoption by organisations?
Compare P&P and cross docking in terms of:
Efficiency, Cost/benefit/risk, Information transparency, Scalability of operation,
Information system in use

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Sample Exam Question

Discuss two barriers to widespread adoption of


B2B EC technologies and initiatives

Possible points:
B2B EC is inter-organisational systems which requires
cooperation from different parties which can be difficult
to obtain
B2B EC adoption requires structural and cultural
changes within organisations
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Any 2 relevant points are fine.

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