In this second assessment, you will submit an evaluation of decision making tools, featuring
a literature review and a worked example of the decision making tool in use. This directed
research task is important for you to master, as you will need to perform a similar process of
research, evaluation and reporting in your dissertation module.
Read the background and scenario below to provide context before completing the task.
Following the successful completion of the University of Hull Online MSc Logistics and
Supply Chain Management course, you have secured a senior supply chain analyst job in a
large Tier-1 automotive supplier.
You are attending the first meeting with your team. Your line manager asks you to introduce
yourself to colleagues and share any state-of-the-art technologies you were exposed to during
your master’s course. As an enthusiast of computer-based technologies, you explain how
supply chain simulation / optimisation software tools are used to improve performance of
logistics and supply chain systems. During the follow-up discussion, the team reveals that the
company has never used any simulation / optimisation technologies.
Enthused by what you said about simulation / optimisation technologies, your line manager
asks you to produce an executive report, which will help to develop a business case to
acquire these technologies. Given that the report is going to be shared with the senior
management team, the line manager suggests the following structure for your report.
• Introduction – brief Introduction to technologies
• Successful deployments – relevant information about three (3) real-world examples of
where simulation / optimisation technologies have been successfully deployed.
• Potential barriers to deployment – what might impede successful deployment?
Do not cut and paste phrases or paragraphs from published material without citing your
sources. You should seek to use your own words to explain concepts and theories, while
acknowledging the work of other scholars.