Overview and aims
The fashion sector is a highly competitive, multifaceted, and fast moving industry. The demands of operating in an international arena, coupled with the complexities of omni-channel business models, have made the effective management of fashion supply chains more critical. It is essential that supply chain managers have a depth and breadth of insight into how this dynamic yet demanding industry sector works. At a strategic and organisational level, executives must define and maintain brand culture and values, identify and drive growth initiatives, and achieve balance between creative enterprise, ethical conduct, and commerciality. These core organisational attributes must be embedded and managed throughout the supply chain.
A key focus of the fashion industry in the last two decades has been the globalisation of sourcing and production activities in response to micro and macro conditions. Supply chain management has emerged as a critical function for all fashion businesses involved in the production and distribution of goods and services. The fashion industry has seen rapid growth in emerging global fashion markets against a backdrop of increasing volatility in the international financial sector. This module seeks to enable you to be effective mangers of this complex sector of the industry.
The fashion industry requires knowledgeable and agile thinkers as supply chain managers who have the ability to adapt rapidly to market forces and the external environment. This module aims to provide you with a holistic overview of the operational, strategic and theoretical frameworks of sourcing and supply chain management for the fashion industry.
Management of the supply chain covers multiple aspects including sourcing raw materials, manufacturing and logistics, through to product fulfilment. Over the course of the eight weeks of this module you will explore strategic responses to current problems associated with the core areas of the subject. A range of theoretical models and research methods will be examined to provide a framework of understanding, and to support your ability to determine solutions to wide-ranging problems occurring in the supply chain.
This module aims to enable you to:
- apply a range of research strategies and theoretical models to support a framework of understanding in the subject
- understand the significance of international market forces and the external environment in the management of global fashion supply chains
- explore strategic responses to current challenges and risks associated with supply chain performance across diverse distribution channels
- understand complex sustainable and environmental issues within sourcing and supply chain practice
- determine future solutions to emerging problems occurring in fashion sourcing and the supply chain
This module will focus on the key issues and challenges associated with fashion sourcing and supply chain management. The subject will be explored from key perspectives, including strategic, operational, commercial and technical factors. The inherent risks in the micro and macro environment will be examined, alongside the changing needs of the global marketplace.
An understanding of the essential interrelatedness of each part of a supply chain will further support your ability to determine and manage uncertainty and risk. Knowledge and understanding gained from this module will enable you to recognise emerging issues and implement innovative supply chain and sourcing strategies.
This module will examine:
- global fashion production and sourcing strategies
- labour costs in apparel production
- supply chain risk management in the fashion sector
- trade barriers and exchange rate fluctuations
- supply chain technology
- reverse supply chain management
- ethics and sustainability in the fashion supply chain
After studying this module you should be able to:
- apply advanced research techniques and theory to draw conclusions from a critical evaluation of diverse issues in the subject
- understand micro and macro factors affecting fashion sourcing and supply chains, and apply appropriate strategies to resolve problems in a global context
- understand the imperative for balance between fashion innovation, risk and commerce to determine sustainable supply chain models
- critically evaluate sustainability and environmental problems that may occur in fashion supply chains, and apply appropriate ethical frameworks or professional codes to resolve such problems
- formulate innovative recommendations for fashion sourcing and supply chain strategies based on existing and new insights
This module will help you gain the skills and qualities to:
- analyse a diversity of sourcing and supply chain management information and apply to diverse contexts
- communicate key issues and arguments in written and oral format to a professional standard
- effectively use information and communication technologies relevant to the international fashion industry
- make decisions and exercise judgement in a fashion industry setting, and explore a range of alternative outcomes