Global Value Chain Networks (ITLS6090)


Global businesses have established value chain networks to work within the emerging business environment. This unit explores the concepts of this rapidly growing business model using examples and case studies. The model integrates design and development, production, sales and marketing, and distribution activities in a holistic business model. Products and services now have multiple applications and business organisations are redefining their core capabilities and processes. Many products become services as they move through their life cycles as manufacturers address new stakeholder expectations. In the traditional business model companies competed with each other; in the developing business model "global value chain networks" are competing with each other. At the industry level value chains can be seen as business network structures, or confederations, that are developing from traditional corporations. A number of academics and practitioners have developed the business ecosystem as the basis of a business model capable of understanding how organisations are working in this new business environment unit assessments use current business problems and responses in actual organisations. In this climate of change Australian businesses often have to cope with being small but essential components in business ecosystems/global value chain networks; often they are not identified and the end-user customer has no knowledge of them, however they are integral to the success of the total network.

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8 x 3.5 hours lectures, 4 x 3.5 hour tutorials. Refer to timetable for full details.


In-class assessment (x2) (30%), final assessment (30%), group presentation (x2) (20%), individual report (x2) (20%)


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 Slywotzk

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ITLS5200 or TPTM6495




ITLS6002 and ITLS6003 and ITLS6004

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