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Ethical Sourcing

Ethical Sourcing

Code: BUS2LF002
Extent: 6 cr
Timing: Semester 3
Language: English
Level: Joint Professional Studies
Type: Compulsory
Integrated studies: Business Negotiations and Contracts
Module: Managing Resources for Business

Prerequisites

Basic studies successfully completed.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student

  • identifies challenges that internationalisation presents to supply chain management
  • identifies the activities and global intermediaries in the global supply chain
  • understands how international purchasing contributes to competitive advantage
  • considers the roles and risks of outsourcing
  • understands the value of human resource (HR) as a strategic asset and human resource management (HRM) as a strategic business function and partner
  • understands the key HRM processes designed to manage and lead the human resource to produce competitive advantage
  • understands how HRM is integrated with the supply chain
  • is able to consider ethical issues related to SCM and HRM planning and management.

Course contents

Theme 1: Principles of International Supply Chain Management

  • role and importance of purchasing in the supply chain
  • global intermediaries in the global supply chain
  • logistics services in the international logistics market 
  • role and risks of outsourcing
  • ethical approach in supply chain operations

Theme 2: People as a Resource

  • human resource as a core strategic asset (SA) 
  • human resource management process and strategic partnership
  • contractual options and HR planning, flexibility, diversity and equality
  • role and risks of outsourcing parts of HR management processes
  • CSR and ethical issues in HR management

Cooperation with the business community and other organisations

Company cases and/or company guest speakers, company visits.

International dimension

Cases from MNC’s, international logistics services.

Teaching and learning methods

  • contact -based tuition 
  • student presentations
  • social learning methods (e.g. poster walk, world café)
  • investigative learning approach (e.g. information search and knowledge sharing)
  • individual and/or team assignments (e.g. cost-management calculations)
  • integrated project assignment (themes 1 and 2)
  • The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Alternative Completions

Based on accreditation of prior learning application.

Teachers with the main responsibility for the course

Kallinen Soile (Theme 1)
San Miguel Elizabeth (Theme 2)

Course material

Articles selected by tutors
Armstrong, M. 2006. Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice.10 edition. Kogan Page. Available for free from www.haaga-helia.fi > Library > eResources > eBooks (in the left-hand menu)
Bloomberg, D.J., LeMay, S. & Joe, H.B. 2002. Logistics. Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle River. Chapter 18.
HAAGA-HELIA library’s electronic databases.
Harrison., A. & Van Hoek, R. 2005. Logistics Management and Strategy. 2nd edition. Prentice Hall. Harlow. Chapter 4.
Ministry of Transport and Communications Finland. 2009. Finland State of Logistics 2009. Publications of the Ministry of Transport and Communications 21/2009. http://www.lvm.fi/c/document_library/get_file?folderId=339549&name=DLFE-7505.pdf&title=Finland%20State%20of%20Logistics%202009%20(LVM21/2009.
Pilbeam, St. & Corbridge, M. 2006. People Resourcing. Contemporary HRM in Practice. 3rd edition. Pearson Education ltd. Harlow. Official HRM course book recommended for purchase.
OR
Pilbeam, St. & Corbridge, M. 2010. People Resourcing and Talent Planning. HRM in Practice. 4th edition. Pearson Education Ltd. Harlow. Official HRM course book recommended for purchase.
Van Weele, A. 2010. A. Purchasing and Supply Chain Management: Analysis, Strategy, Planning and Practice. Fifth edition. Cengage Learning EMEA. Official purchasing course book recommended for purchase.

Assessment criteria

Grade/Learning Outcomes

1/Min. 40% competence level

3/Min. 70% competence level 5/Min. 90% competence level

Knowledge

Principles of Int’l SCM

I can understand and describe at some level alone the role, ethics and importance of outsourcing logistics services, global sourcing and supplier relationship as a part of global SCM.

People as a Resource

I know the HRM processes in a company context.

I can describe some interdependencies among HRM process components.

I can name some ethical and outsourcing issues as they influence HRM and SCM activities.

 

Both Themes

My use of theories, models and concepts is somewhat inaccurate and superficial.

I can give some real-life examples.

My use different theories is very limited and I do not present my own models.

Principles of Int’l SCM

I can understand and describe very well the role, ethics and importance of outsourcing logistics services, global sourcing and supplier relationship as a part of global SCM.

People as a Resource

Student can explain the meaning of HRM processes in a few company contexts.

Student can explain some interdependencies among HRM process components.

Student can explain the importance of ethical and outsourcing issues as they influence HRM and SCM activities, as well as how HRM and SCM interact.

Both Themes

My use of theory and specific terminology is mostly accurate.

My real-life examples are mostly relevant and accurate, and mostly support the theory.

I sometimes use different theories, but seldom present my own models.

Principles of Int’l SCM

I can fully understand and describe in depth the role, ethics and importance of outsourcing logistics services, global sourcing and supplier relationship as a part of global SCM.

People as a Resource

Student can estimate and compare the HRM processes in different company contexts.

Student can estimate the interdependence of HRM process components.

Student can estimate ethical and outsourcing issues as they influence HRM and SCM activities, as well as how HRM and SCM interact.

Both Themes

My use of theory and specific terminology is very accurate.

My real-life examples are relevant and accurate, and support or challenge the theory.

I use and combine different theories to present my own models.

Skills

Principles of Int’l SCM

I can partly collect, analyse and assess the risks and the ethical issues related to outsourcing, global sourcing and global SCM issues at a satisfactory level.

People as a Resource

I can describe the HRM processes of a company.

I can follow and discuss HRM-related news in the media to some degree.

 

Both Themes

I can rarely offer development ideas to improve SCM and HRM practices.

I have a limited view of the themes and can apply only some concepts and models.

I rarely use the viewpoints of other students to widen my own thinking and seldom find some connections between different perspectives.

I reflect on and improve my learning process only occasionally.

Principles of Int’l SCM

I can collect, analyse and assess the risks and the ethical issues related to outsourcing, global sourcing and global SCM issues at a good professional level.

People as a Resource

I can assess the HRM processes of a company.

I can follow and assess HRM-related news in the media.

 

 

Both Themes

I can offer some ethical development ideas to improve SCM and HRM practices.

I have an overall view of the themes and can mostly apply concepts and models.

I sometimes use the viewpoints of other students to enhance my own thinking and can find some connections between different perspectives.

I often reflect on and improve my learning process.

Principles of Int’l SCM

I can collect, analyse and assess the risks and the ethical issues related to outsourcing, global sourcing and global SCM issues at an excellent professional level.

People as a Resource

I can assess the HRM processes of a company and suggest areas needing development.

I can follow and assess critically HRM-related news in the media.

Both Themes

I can further develop SCM and HRM practices in an ethical way.

I have a holistic view of the themes and can apply concepts and models logically.

I use the viewpoints of other students to enhance my own thinking and I see the connection between different perspectives.

I actively reflect on and improve my learning process.

Competence

Principles of Int’l SCM

I mostly work professionally in a multicultural team. I can sometimes engage in problem identification and analysis, and suggest some solutions to outsourcing and global sourcing issues.

People as a Resource

I can discuss HRM issues including ethics and outsourcing using some professional terminology.

I can prepare a description of a company’s HRM policies and activities.

Both Themes

I mostly work professionally in a multicultural team.

I rarely generate new and useful ideas. My ability to understand different viewpoints is limited. My comments sometimes lack logic. I rarely respond to or further develop comments of others. I seldom offer or expect knowledge that is accurate and relevant to the issue. I am rarely able to use evidence appropriate to the topic.

I occasionally give and receive feedback.

Principles of Int’l SCM

I can work very professionally in a multicultural team. I can actively engage in problem identification and analysis, and solve outsourcing and global sourcing issues in an ethical way.

People as a Resource

I can discuss HRM issues including ethics and outsourcing using professional terminology.

I can make an analysis of a company’s HRM policies and activities at a basic level.

Both Themes

I can work professionally in a multicultural team.

I can often generate new and useful ideas. I understand different viewpoints and argue my opinions understandably.  Reasoning is mostly visible in my comments. I often respond to and further develop comments of others. I mostly offer and expect knowledge that is accurate and relevant to the issue. I am sometimes able to use evidence appropriate to the topic.

I mostly give and receive feedback effectively.

Principles of Int’l SCM

I can fully engage in problem identification and analysis, and solve outsourcing and global sourcing issues in an ethical way.

People as a Resource

I can discuss HRM issues including ethics and outsourcing using professional terminology fluently.

I can make an analysis of a company’s HRM policies and activities at a medium level.

Both Themes

I can work very professionally in a multicultural team.

I can generate new and useful ideas. I question different viewpoints and argue my opinions very logically.  Reasoning is always visible in my comments. I seriously respond to and further develop comments of others. I put forth and demand knowledge that is accurate and relevant to the issue. I use evidence appropriate to the topic.

I can give and receive feedback effectively.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Assessment criteria

  • Performance in contact sessions
  • Individual assignments
  • Team assignments
  • Integrated course project assignment
  • World café and Learning café performance
  • Exam

Assesment
Targets (in Winha)

Assesment target

% of theme grade % of total course grade

Theme 1
Principles of International Supply Chain Management "SCM"

Team Assignment 1: Int´ Logistics services

Team Assignment 2: Purchasing

PBL Sessions (3): individual

Active, relevant and constructive contribution in class discussions and teams.
-  Shows critical thinking and is able to question current models and thinking.
-  Listens and builds dialogue based other students' contributions.
-  Asks relevant questions.

- Punctuality related to documentation of PBL sessions (role and document): discussion leader (Agenda), recorder (Tutorial memo), observer (Observation report), other team members (Feedback memo)

20%

20%

60%

 

42%

  Subtotal 100%  

Theme 2
 People as
a Resource “HRM”

Assignment 1: Team

Assignment 2: Team

Assignment 3: Individual

Assignment 4: Guest lecturer´s assignment

Assignment 5: Active, relevant and constructive contribution in all class discussions and teams.
-  Shows critical thinking and is able to question current models and thinking .
-  Listens and builds dialogue based other students' contributions.
-  Asks relevant questions.

Note: No separate assignment setting.

20%

25%

35%

Pass/Fail

20%

42%

 

  Subtotal 100%  
Integrated Course Project Integrated course project 16% 16%
      100%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.