Focus of the Research Paper – MUST BE ORIGINAL WORK
This final research paper must demonstrate the understanding of new learning in
the field of supply chain management and how the supply chain supports the
organization’s business strategy. This is an assignment with a length of 10 to 15 pages (not including title
and reference pages) that should
integrate the reading, multi-media and class discussion boards. You are required to utilize
research from the classroom text, as well as 6 to 8 additional sources from the
internet or online library to support your views.
Consider the validity of your
resources carefully before using them in academic papers. It is
recommended to use examples from your professional experience where possible,
or build from your learning in the discussion boards.
In your 10- to 15-page research paper, you will describe both the
business strategy and supply chain strategy for your organization, or for a
business unit of your organization, or for some other organization for which
you have worked in the past and still retain contacts.
Your research paper will
describe how this organization aligns its business strategy with its supply
chain strategy (use the definition from page 26 of the text to guide you) if
they have a formal one.You are to expand this
description and supplement it with a critical analysis and suggested
improvement steps/actions based on what you have learned in this course.
Key issues to address:
opportunities exist to improve supply chain activities through better
alignment of logistics and the company’s strategic plan?
what ways can the supply chain integrate with logics in order to get goods
and services moved effectively and efficiently? 2-How might a
company’s agility in terms of the supply chain and/or logistics improve
the movement of goods and /or products?
challenges does the interaction of supplier and manufacturers bring to the
logistics management arena?
processes could be adopted to increase value for the customer?
What are the impacts of Supply Chain Management on various
are the financial implications of improving supply chain management for
“best practices” are available to support your recommendations?
Writing the Research Paper
The Research Paper:
be ten to fifteen double-spaced pages in length (not including title and
reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the
Ashford Writing Center.
include a title page with the following:
name and number
begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
use your text and six to eight scholarly sources, including a minimum of
two from the Ashford Online Library.
use APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide to document all
include, on the final page, a Reference Page that is completed according
to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.