Supply Chains

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Objective: Write an essay to examine the impact of applying a systems thinking approach to supply chain management 

Introduction: In this essay, you will synthesize your learning from this lesson by exploring the methodology of systems thinking in relation to global supply chain management. You will identify some of the values, risks and challenges associated with global supply chain management and describe how a systems thinking approach can minimize the risks and challenges. You will also examine the impact of global sourcing on a manufacturing environment and how it creates value for an organization but can also cause issues. Your essay will also describe the concept of partnerships in a supply chain and explore how these partnerships can both help or hinder operational performance. Lastly, you will discuss how customers, both internal and external, play a role in the supply chain system and why it is vital to an organization’s success to ensure that their needs are consistently met.

 Deliverables: The essay for this lesson is required to be a minimum of 750 words that clearly demonstrate your understanding of the activity. Essays should have a clear introduction, thesis statement and conclusion, written in APA format (APAstyle.org). A minimum of three sources must be cited in-text and in the Reference list.


Activity Details:

Step 1: Read the following questions and use what you have learned about this lesson’s objective to summarize your responses.

***ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS

-What is systems thinking and how does it relate to global supply chain management?

-What are the values, risks and challenges associated with global supply chain management, and how can a systems thinking approach minimize the risks and challenges?

-How does global sourcing impact a manufacturing environment and how does it create value for the organization?

-How can partnerships enhance the performance of a supply chain?

-How do customers, both internal and external, play a role in the supply chain system, and why is it vital to an organization’s success to ensure that their needs are consistently met?


Step 2: Write a paper.
Please review the essay rubric prior to proceeding. Write a paper that includes responses to the questions in Step 1. Use these writing guidelines:Include a cover page and references in addition to your required word count. Use correct APA format. Double-space text. Use size 12 Times New Roman. Use section headings to organize. (optional) Indent paragraphs. Include in-text citations. Use correct spelling, grammar, sentence structure and verb tense.

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