International Supply Chain Structure

Unit code: BEO5305 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney


This unit explores the practices and problems of global logistics in international supply chain ecosystems, including its role in achieving a competitive edge for firms in international business and an understanding of logistics perspectives in different countries and industries. It will encompass topics such as supply chain strategy; the impact of trade pacts in defining global logistics; customer services; multinational organisations and supply chain; global logistics and physical distribution; role of third party logistics in international business; international distribution practices across companies; logistics performance index (LPI) measures; influence of global logistics on corporate profit; and planning, control and audit of global logistics in international decision environment.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate and analyse the complexity of global supply chains and their processes in an increasingly dynamic business context;
  2. Argue and critically analyse the importance of the customer service functions to the logistics effort of the firm;
  3. Critically analyse areas where the performance of distribution logistics can be improved and make appropriate recommendations; and
  4. Collaborate with other team members in preparing a group project report and delivering a professional class presentation based around a selected case study for specialist and non-specialist audiences.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
Literature Review
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 50%
Major group project (35%) and presentation (15%)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
Final In-class test

Required reading

Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management, eBook
Mangan,J. and Lalwani,C., 2016| Wiley

As part of a course

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