Strategic global sourcing is defined as: the coordination and integration of procurement requirements across worldwide business units, looking at common items, processes, technologies and suppliers (Birou and Fawcett 1993). For an organisation of your choice, you are asked (a) to critically examine the global sourcing methods, (b) to propose a global procurement strategy which can lead to
procurement excellence and improve the company’s competitive advantage.
Please follow a report format. Therefore, you should have a title page, contents page, sections and sub sections, page numbers, appendix section etc. Please note if you are uncertain on how to present and structure a report then visit the university library and ask for assistance. Please do use diagrams, illustrations, tables, graphics etc. wherever these are helpful, and remember that these do not count towards your word limit. If you do use these, please do not put them in the appendices if they are part of your discussion. Appendices are the appropriate places to put supporting material, however, remember if the reader is satisfied with the main points of your discussion; the supporting information within the appendices may not even be reviewed.
Please try to use theory explicitly at all stages, but do not spend too much time describing a theory. While you must be explicit about the theories, models, techniques etc. that you use, you can assume that the reader is familiar with them. What the reader requires is evidence of your ability to understand and apply the theory and learn from in order to support the development of your findings and/or ideas.
You must cite all sources on which you have relied, for example textbooks, journal articles, web pages etc. using the Harvard Bibliographic referencing system. If you do not cite all sources, then you may be accused of plagiarism, and that may endanger your success in passing the module. If you are in any doubt about how to reference your work, please review the Induction section on academic malpractice and ask your tutor for guidance.
You will also need to take the following into account when completing your assignment:
• Quality of executive summary (does it give a brief complete summary of your paper for an executive to read?)
• Establishment of relevant theory (e.g. what do we mean by global sourcing?)
• Allocation of credit and sources used (have I included references and citations to the material I have used?)
• Clarity of argument
• Overall report presentation including spelling and grammar
• Adherence to nominated word limit (+/- 10%)
• Word processed (letter size 12, times new roman, 1.5 space), fully referenced (Harvard Referencing System)
Word count/ duration (if applicable)
Word count/ duration (if applicable)
The maximum word count is 3000 words (+/- 10%), excluding References. A penalty of 10%-mark knock-off will be imposed if the assignment exceeds these limits.
Assessed intended learning outcomes
Use of theory
Quality of argument
Reference to course ideas
Citation and References
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