Question Description

Please Check the detailed requirement which is attached below named BCPM0028 Module Outline Reading List. I will also attach materials related to the paper. Wish you complete the paper by reading the materials and following the professor instructions.

“If a SCM approach is taken as the basis for the management of the construction project supply relationship, then it becomes clear that there are two potential risk management routes: use the contract or manage the relationship”. (Edkins, 2009:126)

The above quotation from Edkins (2009) is offering two potential risk (and uncertainty?) management routes for managing the construction supply chain relationship. Considering recent attempts within the industry to move from transactional to enterprise approaches to managing projects (most specifically infrastructure, i.e. Project 13), these two routes offer an interesting area to explore both theoretically and practically.

Task: Cooperation (the management of contracts) and coordination (the management of relationships) have been identified as two problems of project organising (Soderlund, 2012). Critically discuss how the principles of supply chain management might be applied to help alleviate these problems.

Support your case with reference to published material. Include case studies if you wish. You might like to start your readings by looking at Chapter 2 of Pryke (2009), which is Item No. 24 on the reading list above; Chapter 6 by Edkins (2009) in the same book and Söderlunds chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Project Management which has been loaded onto Moodle.

Supplemental Information:

For marking scheme, word count and referencing requirements please refer to the Course Notes. Your role in dealing with this assignment is to identify relevant published material and discuss and analyse this material, making a case in response the question set. Some of the material published may contain case study material which you may wish to refer to also. Case study material might be useful but do not construct your discussion around the case study material solely – use it to illustrate the conceptual points that you derive from the literature.

A good academic essay will always cite recent journal articles in addition to some key book-based references. Use Google Scholar but avoid web-based material unless you are certain of the quality of the source.

Professor’s instructions:

We set out the principles of supply chain management in the first lecture and as well as the literature cited there, these are also discussed in the early Chapters (including introduction) of Pryke’s 2009 book. In a paper such as this we would expect you draw on a number of sources of literature to establish some basic definitions/concepts and principles. It may be that you find some ambiguity and differences between authors and this is for you to interpret, but across those authors you will find some basic principles, and indeed some explanatory models.

The term paper question then asks you to critically discuss how these principles may be applied to alleviate the organising problems of cooperation and coordination. I would expect to see some discussion on the definition of these problems before an analysis of how the SCM principles might alleviate them.

It is not for me here in this forum to say whether or not the principles you present above are correct or not, because I want to see those presented and discussed in the term paper by referencing the literature you have read.

At least 20 references in Harvard style.

3000 words except references. Low repetition.