The first section is questions – the second section is a case study
Requirements: 20 m
Assignment 2 MGT322 (1st Term 2023-2024)
Deadline: 11/11/2023 @ 23:59
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Instructions – PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY
This assignment is an individual assignment.
Due date for Assignment 1 is 11/11/2023
The Assignment must be submitted only in WORD format via the allocated folder.
Assignments submitted through email will not be accepted.
Students are advised to make their work clear and well-presented; marks may be reduced for poor presentation. This includes filling in your information on the cover page.
Students must mention the question number clearly in their answer.
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Submission Date by students: Before the end of Week- 11th
Place of Submission: Students Grade Centre
Weight: 10 Marks
1. Demonstrate an understanding of how global competitive environments are changing supply chain management and logistics practice.
2. Apply essential elements of core logistic and supply chain management principles.
3. Analyse and identify challenges and issues pertaining to logistical processes.
This assignment is an individual assignment.
Outsourcing and offshoring initiatives can help an organization fine-tune its business model to become more resilient and profitable. At the same time, these initiatives present challenges.
In today’s highly competitive, extremely variable, and dynamic environment, many firms are seeking solutions. Supply chain management becomes more sophisticated and the difference between what firms want to achieve and what they can do in-house continues to grow, firms begin to realize that doing the right thing becomes more interesting than doing everything. Accordingly, they are becoming better focused and more specialized by outsourcing and offshoring activities that are far from their core businesses. In many cases firms decide to outsource this function in whole or in part to agents or third-party logistics firms.
Using this concept of offshoring and outsourcing answer the following questions by taking any Saudi Local company or any Multinational company.
Questions: Each Question Carrying 2.5 Marks.
Define the working procedure of third-party logistics firms. (300-400 Words)
Explain the different motivational factors for going internationally. (300-400 Words)
On what ground do companies choose developing country’s location for offshoring? Use examples. (Mention the country and decisive factors). (300-400 Words)
Why do companies outsource? (Use the example of any Saudi company along with its objective and scope for outsourcing). (300-400 Words)
The Answer must follow the Keyword/ outline points below:
Outsourcing, offshoring, Third Party Logistics
Their Main functions
Motivational Factors /Drivers
Any local example
Reasons with suitable Examples
Note: You can support your answer by reading chapter 4 of your book.
You can use secondary sources available on the internet. Please use APA-style referencing.
This Assignment comprise of a Case Study and discussion questions.
Assignment is to be submitted by each student individually.
Assignment Purposes/Learning Outcomes:
After completion of Assignment-2 students will be able to understand the
Recognize the steps of planning process in the project management. (L.O-1.2)
Estimate the project budget and cost control. (L.O-2.2)
Analyze to work effectively and efficiently as a team member for project related cases. (L.O-3.1)
Assignment Case Study: (Marks-6)
Please read the Case-5.2 “Post-Graduation Adventure.” from Chapter 5 “Estimating Project Times and Costs” given in your textbook – Project Management: The Managerial Process 8th edition by Larson and Gray page no: 164 also refer to specific concepts you have learned from the chapter to support your answers. Answer the questions asked in case study as deliverables where you should consider the milestones and technical requirements.
Assume you are either Mike or Josh; how would you go about making a decision using project management methodology? Explain in 250 words (2 Marks).
Looking first at only cost, what decision would you make? Explain in 250 words (2 Marks).
After cost, what other factors should be considered before making a decision? Explain in 250 words (2 Marks)
Discussion Questions (4 Marks)
Discuss top-down and bottom-up estimating and different approaches used. (250 words) (2 Marks)
Discuss different project management structures. (250 words) (2 Marks)