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Module SXL-4438:
Proc Relationships & Ethics

Module Facts

Run by School of Law

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Mr Ceri Evans

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this module is to provide students with the understanding and requisite competencies to develop, manage and maintain appropriate and successful supplier relationships for efficient procurement outcomes. The module will explore analytical tools and various relationship models involving the procuring organisation and different tiers of the supply network. Students will also study factors - internal and external - that affect relationship strategies, and the potential benefits, costs, risks and challenges of pursuing particular strategies. There will also be some focus on the causes of conflicts in procurement relationships, as well as conflict management theories and conflict resolution techniques. The impact of power and dependency on the management of supplier relationships will be critically examined. The module will additionally consider various ethical issues and relationships constraints related to public sector procurement, including supplier development activities. This module will be of significant benefit to all studying on the LLM in Public Procurement Law & Strategy including those working in the public and private sector, supplying organisations and legal advisers with interests in procurement.

Course content

  • The scope of procurement relationships with suppliers.
  • Factors affecting relationship strategy from arm's length to collaborative relationships.
  • Analytical tools & relationship strategy.
  • Managing Power & Dependency issues in supply relationships.
  • The major causes of conflict in purchasing & supply relationships as well as various conflict management and resolution strategies.
  • Relationship constraints in public sector procurement, including differences between private and public sector procurement.
  • Ethical issues and procurement relationships.
  • Relationships with a range of different internal and external stakeholders.
  • Outsourcing and how such relationships can be most effectively managed.
  • The impact of Culture on procurement relationships.
  • Supplier Development processes, benefits and barriers.

Assessment Criteria

excellent

Displays mastery of a complex and specialized area of knowledge and skills, employing advanced skills to conduct research. Excellent work in this module will contain the qualities recognized in good work, but will show them in a more consistent way, and at all points. It will demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of current issues in this field of study. It shows a critical awareness of current problems, much of which is at the forefront of this academic discipline. Work at this level shows a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to the student’s own research or to advanced scholarship. It shows throughout an ability to apply knowledge in an original way, and to use established techniques of research and enquiry to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline. The conceptual understanding evidenced in the work indicates that the student can critically evaluate advanced scholarship in the discipline, and do so in a consistent manner. The work shows an ability to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them, and, where, appropriate, propose hypotheses.

threshold

Displays ability within a specialized area of knowledge and skills, employing appropriate skills to conduct research. Work at threshold quality demonstrates an adequate knowledge and understanding of current issues in this field of study. It shows a critical awareness of current problems, some of which is informed by thinking at the forefront of the academic discipline. Work at this level shows a developing understanding of techniques applicable to the student’s own research. It shows an ability of apply knowledge in an original way, and to use established techniques of research and enquiry to interpret knowledge in the discipline. The conceptual understanding evidenced by the work indicates that the student can evaluate scholarship in the field.

good

Displays accomplished ability within a specialized area of knowledge and skills, employing good quality skills to conduct research. Good work in this module will demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of current issues in this field of study. It shows a critical awareness of current problems, much of which is at, or informed by thinking at, the forefront of the academic discipline. Work at this level shows a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to the student’s own research. It shows an ability to apply knowledge in an original way, and to use established techniques of research and enquiry to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline. The conceptual understanding evidenced in the work indicates that the student can evaluate advanced scholarship in the discipline. The work shows an ability to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them, and, where, appropriate, propose hypotheses.

Learning outcomes

  1. Critically evaluate the key factors that would affect relationship strategy in a variety of purchasing situations and propose appropriate solutions.

  2. Critically appraise the value of various analytical tools in helping to determine relationship strategy.

  3. Critique various relationship strategies in terms of benefits, costs, risks and challenges.

  4. Critically appraise the main factors that may lead to conflict in relationships and critically evaluate various conflict management and conflict resolution theories.

  5. Critically assess the impact of power and dependency on the management of supplier relationships in the public and private sector.

  6. Critically evaluate how culture can impact on procurement relationships.

  7. Critically assess the ethical issues surrounding public sector procurement

  8. Critically analyse the subject of Supplier Development and its interface with public and private sector purchasing

  9. Critically discuss the relationship constraints with regard to public sector procurement.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Written assignment 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Students will be assigned materials and resources to augment their knowledge through private study.

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Seminar

The module will be taught using a mixture of 11 x 2 hourly seminar and lecture slots. For the seminars, students will be expected to have prepared essential reading together with such written and other work as shall be required. Students will be required to discuss the reading matter, make their own presentations (non-assessed) and discuss those of other students, together with arguments and questions from the seminar leader. Further reading will be recommended after each seminar to progress and further the students’ knowledge and skills. Other forms of teaching exercises, such as team preparations, may be used from time to time.

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Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Students will acquire critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, informed by the latest academic literature, legislation and case law.

Resources

Reading list

M. Leenders, P. Johnson and A. Flynn, Purchasing and Supply Management, 14th edition, (McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2011).

Further weekly reading will be suggested at the end of each seminar according to current literature.

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: