Supply chains are typically designed to handle minor risks in supply and demand. Increasingly complex supply chains leave businesses vulnerable to abnormal events and disruptions, including natural disasters, supplier failure, cyber security threats and wide scale threats such as pandemics and climate change. Despite this, supply chains are an essential service and play a crucial economic and humanitarian role in times of crises. Supply chains are also undergoing structural change due to evolving consumer demand and are being impacted by disruptive technologies such as manufacturing-as-a-service and autonomous distribution and delivery. Supply chains are differentiated by their resilience to abnormal events and disruptions and their ability to accommodate and exploit structural change and disruptive technologies. This unit explores each of these types of disruption and equips students with a variety of strategies for mitigating these risks. Students design resilient supply chains and plan responses to humanitarian crises. They critically assess the structural changes and technological disruption that are taking place in supply chains now or are anticipated to occur in the future. This unit makes extensive use of recent case studies, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unit details and rules
|Transport and Logistics Studies
|Available to study abroad and exchange students