The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

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This advanced course is primarily aimed at developing strategic decision making skills in logistics and transportation. Modern companies in their efforts to cope with an ever changing and challenging environment use two key processes to build their future.  The first is strategic planning which enables top management to determine what business direction it wants to achieve. The second is the logistics and transportation planning which enables the company to proceed in a systematic way to identify and turn specific opportunities into profitable business. This course presents the conceptual idea of integration of logistics and transportation planning into the strategic planning process.

In the present marketing environment characterised by unparalleled technological developments and intensifying competition, there are no simple correct solutions to logistics and transportation problems.  This course is therefore aimed at presenting a set of normative procedures, which may be utilised to generate a varied range of innovative strategic options and a basis to choose a rational programme for action.  For the purpose of this course, understanding the process of identification is more important than any particular solution.

The focus of this course is on strategic logistics and transportation management.  Issues in this area will be explored in depth and at a relatively advanced level.  The student is expected to fully understand the conceptual and theoretical basis of strategy and demonstrate competence in actually utilising that understanding in the applied context.

The course contains 4 modules.  In the 1st module, students will receive knowledge and information on logistics and transportation strategic management and leadership.  Since the logistics and transportation industry is so unique, in terms of organization culture and professionalism, students should know how to handle them skilfully.

After finished studying the internal environment, students are expected to have a full understanding on the logistics and transportation external environment.  In module 2, the course will discuss the external factors, such as government and politics, economics and finance, society and sustainability, risk and contingency planning; with the focus on logistics and transportation.

Formulating logistics and transportation strategies needs an integrative capability of both internal and external environment.  In module 3, after students become familiar with the environments, formulation of different logistics and transportation strategies, such as customer services, supply chain, innovative and change; will then be covered. 

The level of the course is required to be that of an honours degree and therefore a dissertation is included with the necessary preparation in research methodology.

  OBJECTIVES

 The course is intended for students who wish to deepen their understanding of a broad strategy course in logistics and transportation with a planning orientation.   Students can learn the strategic tools, with special illustration with transport and logistics examples, so that they can integrate and apply them to their specific country environment.  The main thrust of the course is one of relating logistics to business strategy. Specific learning objectives of the course are:

  1. To become familiar with certain elementary analytical concepts useful to analyse logistics and transportation environmental trends, customers, organization, finance, and cost dynamics.
  2. To develop an understanding of the logistics and transportation strategic planning methods including strategic management and leadership, strategic environment, and organization level planning.
  3. To integrate and apply the concepts discussed onto the daily work.
  4. To be aware of ethical issues, sustainability and minimizing the impact of the organization and its operations on the global environment
  5. To develop skills in research methodology and writing dissertation.   
COURSE CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

The course content consists of four mandatory units:
  1. AD01 Strategic Management and Leadership
          1. Organizational cultural
          2. Leadership
          3. Collaboration
          4. Ethical management
  1. AD02 The Strategic Environment for Logistics and Transport 
          1. Society and sustainability
          2. Government and politics
          3. Economics and finances
          4. Risk and contingency planning
  1. AD03  Organization Level Planning in Logistics and Transport
          1. Vision and strategy
          2. Delivering customer service
          3. Innovation and change
          4. Supply chain performance
  1. AD04 Research Methodology and Dissertation 
          1. Research methodology and dissertation

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