Supply Chain Management Fundamentals Board Game
Brief Description

The supply chain management fundamentals board game will help delegates understand the fundamental concepts of supply chain management while playing a board game and making decisions about their supply chains. During the game, delegates will manage supply chains aiming to avoid severe penalties while making a profit. Delegates will form teams and be assigned different managerial roles. Teams will have to source from upstream suppliers, manufacture products and then deliver the products to meet the demands of their downstream customers. Numerous strategies and trade-offs will have to be considered. Delegates have to take responsibility for their decisions as they may get some contradicting advice from other team members. In addition, other supply chains will be competing for sometimes scarce resources and limited capacities and supply chain disruptions will be experienced. In conclusion, delegates will be facilitated as they learn how to manage their supply chains while experiencing disruptions in competitive business environments in this fun filled “learning-by-playing” supply chain gamification experience which gives them a “big picture” overview of the entire supply chain. 

Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing the course, delegates will be able to:
  • Compile a basic applied supply chain
  • Understand the fundamentals of supply chain management
  • Distinguish between the different supply chain processes and the need for supply chain integration
  • Plan how to meet demand with supply
  • Explain the sourcing process and decisions to be made in the sourcing process
  • Discuss characteristics and trade-offs during inbound logistics
  • Describe characteristics and trade-offs in the production process
  • Explain the distribution process
  • Explain product returns
  • Consider trade-offs when making supply chain related decisions.
  • Understand the impact of supply chain risk events and the need for supply chain risk management
  • Calculate a basic net revenue calculation


Course Content

Day 1 - Session 1: Theoretical discussion about the fundamental concepts of supply chain management

Supply chain management (SCM) will be introduced as a concept and the main topics will be discussed to create a “big picture” view of what SCM entails. Topics that will be covered include the supply chain flows (i.e. information, goods and services, and finances), supply chain mapping, broad supply chain strategies as well as supply chain processes (e.g. sourcing, logistics, operations, distribution, etc.) and supply chain relationships both internal and external to the organisation.


Day 1 - Session 2: Introducing the board game – the basic level

The board game consists of several levels. In this session, the basic level of the board game is introduced and linked to the theoretical discussion of the first session. The basic level of the game will be played and supply chain related topics will be discussed as they arise. Delegates will form teams. Decision-making (and alterative) options or trade-offs will also be discussed and the topics will be applied to real business examples. The session will close with a reflection of the learning and playing experience.  


Day 1 - Session 3: Playing the board game - advanced level

The basic level of the board game will be used as an introduction to the more advanced level of the board game. In this session, the scenario for the more advanced level is created. Delegates will be assigned managerial roles in their teams. Each team will receive contracts that need to be fulfilled as well as planning documents to start planning their supply chains. The process will be facilitated. The game will be played over several rounds and during each round teams will have to plan and develop their supply chain strategies. In doing so, they will have to develop a sourcing and logistics plan as well as a production plan, while keeping record of their finances and assessing their supply chain performance. The game may not be completed during this session. The session will close with a reflection of what was learned and experienced. SCM related topics are discussed after each round. These topics will be experienced during the game play and will often lead to additional discussions about related topics or trade-offs. 


Day 2 - Session 1: Playing the board game - advanced level

During this session, the delegates (as part of their supply chain teams) continue playing the board game. The session carries on from where it ended in the previous session. As the game progresses, supply chain planning and decision-making becomes more complicated (but in a fun way) and disruptions start occurring. As deadlines approach for fulfilling contracts and meeting customer demands, there may be some panic to try and ‘fill up the last space in a truck on its way to the markets.’ Also in this session, SCM related topics are discussed after each round. The session closes by determining the performance of each team and reflecting on decisions made and the learning experience.     


Day 2 – Session 2: Conclusion and debriefing

The course closes with a reflective discussion about the entire “learning-by-playing” board game experience and assessing the ‘big picture’ overview of the supply chain. The supply chain topics that were experienced and discussed during the board game are applied to real business examples and the delegates are required to complete a basic assignment by compiling and explaining a supply chain map.


Topics covered in the course

At least 100 supply chain related topics covering the main topics of SCM such as: supply chain strategies, supply chain processes, supply chain relationships, sourcing, logistics (including transportation and materials handling), production (e.g. facility layout, processes, production plans), warehousing, retail characteristics, supply chain finances, supply chain risks, supply chain integration, supply chain performance, sustainability, new trends in SCM (e.g. digital supply chains, drone deliveries, etc.), and many more will be covered in the course. 

Entry Requirements

Prospective delegates should at least have a National Senior Certificate (Grade 12), a tertiary qualification or relevant working experience. 

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Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Who Should attend:
Potential delegates must have an interest in supply chain management, including but not limited to:
  • Supply chain managers at all levels (junior, middle and senior managers). This includes procurement, purchasing or supply, logistics, operations, production, distribution, and warehousing managers.
  • Professionals who are new to supply chain management or who want to enhance their knowledge of the concept.
  • Employees at all levels who need supply chain training.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to understand the supply chain process to improve their business operations.
  • Anyone who is interested in gaining a better understanding of how products move from sourcing to production to markets.
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