5. Analysing the Supply Chain Environment

Analyse and apply management practices within the supply chain

Author: ISS Online

US No.  336702 NQF Level  05 Credits  10 Purpose: This unit standard will enable learners to analyse and apply management practices within the supply chain. The person accredited with this unit standard will demonstrate a detailed understanding of the fundamental management functions and activities as well as the latest trends in leadership and management and will be able to apply these functions, activities and principles within the supply chain. A learner credited with this unit standard will be able to:

  • Interpret the origins and evolution of management practices.
  • Use a set of principles and pro forma formats to evaluate the effectiveness of basic management practices within a supply chain.
  • Apply basic management practices within the supply chain.
Range: 
  • The basic elements of planning-this include (the importance of planning, the planning process, the importance of goals, the formulation of goals, the different types of organisational goals, the process of goal setting, the choice of alternatives in developing plans, the types of plans and the Levels and time frames of planning.
  • The principles of organising as a management activity. This includes the importance of organising, designing jobs, creating organisational structures, setting up authority relationships, setting up reporting relationships, ensuring coordination of activities, the factors influencing organisation design, the relationship between strategy and structure, the influence of organisational culture.
  • The fundamental principles and roles of leadership. This includes the nature of leadership, the difference and interrelationship between management and leadership, the aspects of leadership, the issues relating to power and authority, various leadership models, the role of motivation and the underlying motivational theories, the functioning of groups in organisations and basic group dynamics, the role that communication plays in the success of leaders.
  • The principles of management control. This includes the principles of performance management, the principles of short interval control, how to effectively review team performance, how to review individual performance, the basics of discipline and grievance handling.
Outcomes:
  1. Interpret the origins and evolution of management practices.
  2. Use a set of principles and pro forma formats to evaluate the effectiveness of basic management practices within a supply chain.
  3. Apply basic management practices within the supply chain.

Facilitate processes to ensure the integration of supply chain information

Author: ISS Online

US No.  336708 NQF Level  05 Credits  8 Purpose: This unit standard will enable learners to facilitate processes to ensure the integration of supply chain information. Range: The applied competence expressed in this standard covers the knowledge and understanding of:

  • The need for properly integrated information systems.
  • How to develop criteria for effectively integrated systems.
  • How to facilitate decisions regarding information systems for the supply chain.
  • How to analyse information systems and recommend improvements.
Outcomes: 
  1. Analyse information parameters that impact on the effectiveness of the supply chain.
  2. Facilitate processes for effective decision making regarding supply chain information systems.
  3. Analyse the effectiveness of and make recommendations to improve supply chain information systems.

Monitor, assess and manage risk

Author: ISS Online

US No.  252025 NQF Level  05 Credits  8 Purpose: This Unit Standard is intended for managers in all economic sectors. These managers would typically be second level managers such as heads of department, section heads or divisional heads, who may have more than one team reporting to them. Range:

  • The learner is required to apply the learning in respect of this/her own area of responsibility.
  • Unit refers to the division, department or business unit in which the learner is responsible for managing and leading staff.
  • Entity includes, but is not limited to, a company, business unit, public institution, small business, Non-Profit Organisation or Non-Governmental Organisation.
  • Environmental risk factors include systems, location and changes in the environment.
  • Risks include financial risk, occupational health, safety and environmental risks.
  • Company policies include policies relating to Occupational Health, Safety and Environment.
  • Strategies include mitigation, avoidance, elimination and acceptance.
  • Contingency plans include tasks, responsibilities, time frames, resources and emergency procedures.
Outcomes:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of potential risks to a unit.
  2. Identify potential risks and assess the impact thereof in a unit.
  3. Develop contingency plans for managing risk.
  4. Test and revise contingency plans.

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