Global Value Chain Networks (ITLS6090)


This capstone unit consolidates and integrates the knowledge and skills that students have gained in the Master of Logistics Management program. Taken in the last semester of study, the unit provides students with the opportunity to explore real world and/or scenario-based logistics and supply chain management problems and to reinforce competencies in the area of their interest and expertise. The projects are chosen by students based on their experience and professional needs in one or more of the following areas: design and planning of global value chain, supply chain risk analysis and mitigation strategies, sustainable logistics and supply chains, performance measurement and management, warehouse and inventory management, production planning and control, strategic procurement, and value chain challenges facing Australian businesses. Students manage the project investigation and carry it to completion within a specified time period and to a professional standard. Through the project students identify the problems and existing bottlenecks, explore the potential solutions to these problems, critically analyse the situation, document their progress, communicate findings with their mentor and other students, reflect on their learning, and prepare a formal project report describing the work performed as well as the resulting conclusions and recommendations.

Further unit of study information


6 x 3 hr progress report meetings with Coordinator (or similar).


Preliminary project report (Group) (20%), class presentation (Group) (20%), and final project report (Individual) (60%).


Friedman T (2005) The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century
Fung VK, Fung WK and Wind Y (2008) Competing in a Flat World
Marsh P (2012) The New Industrial Revolution
Walters D and Rainbird M (2012) Managing in the Value Chain Network
Slywotzky A (1996) Value Migration
Slywotzky AJ and Morrison DJ (1997) The Profit Zone

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

ITLS5000 or TPTM5001




ITLS5200 and ITLS6002 and ITLS6003 and ITLS6004 and (ITLS6001 or ITLS6101 or TPTM6440).

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.