Supply chains are no longer a subject for functional specialists, rather their performance has a great impact on all stakeholders and often creates competitive differentiation. Companies must develop appropriate strategies to maximise the value generated along their respective supply chains.

This course extends the study of supply chain principles and management from the introductory study covered in Supply Chain Principles. The focus of the course is on the development of organisational strategy in the context of strategic operations and supply chain management. Using local and international case studies, this course explores the three critical areas of strategic operations and supply chain management—supply chain operations, integration and collaboration and virtual supply chains.


Course coordinator

Dr Ahmad Abareshi, Senior Lecturer - School of Business IT and Logistics

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to systematically analyse operational and supply chain strategies in the light of the emerging supply chain frameworks and business models;
  • Develop business, operations and supply chain management strategies using strategic alignment model;
  • Effectively apply the alignment model and assess the strategic needs of business and supply chain networks;
  • Evaluate emerging operations initiatives for supply chain collaboration and their strategic implication;
  • Integrate organisational changes related to supply chain strategy implementation;
  • Analyse and measure performance through effective application and research problem-solving of supply chain performance models; and
  • Build effective informal collaboration skills with others through project work in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts.


Assessment for this course will occur at various times across the seven-week teaching period. In most cases, assessment should follow a similar structure to the below:

  • A short assessment may occur in the first couple of weeks, driven mostly by peer-assessment or objective feedback as is the case of a survey quiz or contribution to discussion.
  • Assessments that occur mid-study period (approximately week 2 to 5) will have a highly formative purpose, like an extended case study or a scenario role play. These are intended to provide an indication of performance and occur at this time to enable positive changes to future performance.
  • Final assessments are usually summative, and generally draw the course's threshold concepts together. Your previous assessments will have directly prepared you for a summative-style assessment.

Rich, online feedback will be provided to you throughout the teaching period on practical exercises and by individual consultation, ideally within five business days.

Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your RMIT Student Enrolment Advisor on 1300 701 171 for more information based on your particular circumstances.