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Module SXL-4439:
Strategic Proc & Leadership

Module Facts

Run by School of Law

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Mr Ceri Evans

Overall aims and purpose

The module focuses on developing candidates’ procurement management and leadership skills to enable them identify, evaluate and manage the strategic procurement functions in business or public sector organisations. Candidates will explore the strategic procurement challenges faced by managers and leaders within the work environment and examine in detail the opportunities for performance improvements. Managing strategic changes in the internal and external procurement environments and the needs of different stakeholders is also a central focus in the module. Additionally, candidates will analyse how to develop appropriate and relevant procurement strategies and to gain the best strategic procurement outcomes from internal and external advisers (including senior management and legal advisers).

Course content

  • Management in public procurement.
  • Leadership in public procurement.
  • Influencing and Managing stakeholders.
  • Developing Procurement People.
  • Drivers of Procurement Change.
  • Change Management.
  • Analysing the external environment.
  • Structure of the purchasing function: centralisation vs. decentralisation debate.
  • Developing Public Procurement Strategies.
  • Risk Management.

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. Critique a range of management, procurement leadership and influencing theories and discuss the key roles and functions of managers and leaders in public procurement.

  2. Critique the alternative ways and means of developing the purchasing team, including the use of KPIs to help meet managerial objectives.

  3. Analyse critically the typical drivers of change in public procurement and critically evaluate different models of change management as well as the skills required for managing change.

  4. Critically evaluate different structures for the purchasing function and the implications for purchasing.

  5. Critique how to develop suitable, acceptable and feasible public procurement strategies.

  6. Critically evaluate how best to manage risk within a public and private sector environment.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Written assignment 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

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

178
Seminar

The module will be taught using a mixture of 11 x 2 hourly seminar and lecture slots. Guest presentations by practitioners, public officers or other specialists will take place as appropriate.

22

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
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • 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
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

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

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