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LG 424 Purchasing and Vendor Management
Morrisette, John

Course Number: LG 424
Course Title: Purchasing and Vendor Management
Instructor: Dr. John R. Morrisette
Phone: 212-9070 (Cell), 320-4475 (Home)
Term Dates: March 21 – May 22, 2005
Class Time: Wednesday, 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Site: WPAFB, Area B

LG 424: Purchasing and Vendor Management

I. Course Description: An approach to the topic of purchasing and vendor management from a strategic perspective, with a focus on organizational supply.

II. Goals of the Course: To provide the student with an understanding of
purchasing and supply management from a strategic management perspective. The student will be provided with a balance of theory and practice regarding how the purchasing function interrelates with the other functions of an organization to improve overall organization supply. The objective is to acquaint the student with a wide range of factors that are addressed in purchasing and to integrate these factors into the total management effort. This course is process-oriented and will include research, oral presentation, and project reports.

III. Learning Objectives: At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:
(1) Understand key logistics terms and concepts and the role of purchasing in an
(2) Understand the concept of effective purchasing and supply management.
(3) Be familiar with the theory and practice of purchasing as it relates to organizational supply.
(4) Understand the concept of strategic decision-making in critical areas such as delivery, outsourcing, price determination, and transportation services.
(5) Understand the concepts of international and public purchasing and how a worldwide effort can affect an organization.
(6) Understand the role of strategy in purchasing and supply management.

IV. Course Arrangements: Lecture, discussion, research presentations, and problem-solving exercises will be employed in this course.

V. Course Requirements: Students are responsible for reading all assignments from the text and supplemental material. Students should be prepared to discuss all assignments in class. Homework assignments are due on the dates specified in this syllabus. Assignments will be graded and returned the following class period. Grades for late assignments will be reduced by 10%. Students are responsible for obtaining information regarding assignments made during any absences.
Article Analysis: Each student will present an article analysis as a research project. Each student will research an article from the literature (periodical, journal, etc.) dealing with some aspect of purchasing, and present an analysis to the class. The analysis should address the relationship of the article to purchasing and overall organization supply strategy, why the article is important, strengths and weaknesses of the article, and an overall evaluation of the author’s work. Additional guidance regarding the analysis will be provided in class.
Research Reports: Each student will prepare a research report to be turned in to the instructor and presented in class. The student will select a firm and describe its purchasing function, specifically how the purchasing function is tied in to overall supply management. The paper should include, at a minimum, a description of the existing purchasing system, an analysis of strengths and weaknesses, and recommendations for improvement. Students may use an organization with which they are already familiar, or any public or private company. Students must have the organization and topic approved in advance by the instructor. Oral presentations should not exceed 30 minutes. The written report is due during the class period in which the oral presentation is made.

VI. Textbook: Leenders, Michael R. and Harold E. Fearon, Purchasing and Supply Management, Twelfth Edition, Boston, Irwin McGraw-Hill, 2002.

VII. Supplemental Resources: Students should utilize the resources of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base library. Selected periodicals include the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) Insights, the International Journal of Logistics Management, the Journal of Business Logistics, and the Logistics Spectrum (Society of Logistics Engineers), as well as the Journal of Management and Harvard Business Review. Students should also use the books on the Park College shelf at the base library. In addition, there are numerous sources available via the internet.

VIII Class Meeting and Examination Schedule:

Class Read Assignment
Meeting Date Chapter Topic Problem #

1 Mar 23 1 The Challenge 1, 5
2 Objectives and Organization 6, 7

2 Mar 30 3 Information Flows 2
4 Technology and E-Commerce 10
5 Quality 2, 4, 9

3 Apr 6 6 Quantity and Delivery 3, 7, 10
7 Supplier Selection 1, 2, 3
Article Analysis Due

4 Apr 13 8 Outsourcing 2, 5 9 Price Determination 2, 4, 15

5 Apr 20 Midterm Examination
10 Logistics Services 2, 5

6 Apr 27 14 Global Supply Management 1, 3, 6
15 Public Purchasing 3, 5, 6

7 May 4 17 Services Purchasing 4, 6 18 Strategy 2, 8
8 Research Reports Due

9 May 11 Student Presentations
Review for Final Examination

9 May 18 Student Presentations
Final Examination

IX Class Policies: The Park College policy on class attendance shall apply without exception. Class participation is expected and will comprise part of the final grade. All readings/problems must be completed prior to the applicable class. This is essential to insure class participation and to further develop an understanding of the course material. Students are expected to attend all classes and to be on time. Roll will be taken during each class. Classes missed for legitimate reasons (e.g. illness, duty, TDY, etc.) are excusable, however the student is expected to complete all required work. Two unexcused absences are allowed in accordance with Park College policy. Submitting someone else’s work as your own constitutes academic dishonesty and is not tolerated. Academic dishonesty will result in a grade of “0” for the work. A second violation will result in a grade of “F” for the course.

X. Grading Policy: Final grades will be determined as follows

Assignments 30 points
Class Participation 10 points
Article Analysis 10 points
Research Report 50 points
Midterm Examination 25 points
Final Examination 25 points

Total 150 points

Grades will be assigned as follows: 135 and above = A, 120-135 = B, 105-120 = C, 90-105 = D, below 90 = F

XI. Incompletes: An incomplete will be given in place of a letter grade only in extenuating circumstances (e.g. hospitalization, excessive TDY, etc.) Missing the final examination does not result in an automatic incomplete. Incompletes will be given only with prior instructor approval and only after appropriate documentation is provided. Students receiving an incomplete have 60 days from the last day of the term to complete all required coursework. If not completed, incompletes become an “F” grade.

XII. Academic Dishonesty: The following information is provided from the Park University Catalog:

“Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.
Plagiarism – the appropriation of imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work – sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

XIII. Student Conduct:

“Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.”