Challenges and opportunities of Inventory Management within a medical devices supply chain and its impact on the public healthcare ‘end-customer’: case study – Ability Matters”.
The company picked for the purpose of the dissertation case study research is Ability Matters. The enterprise is a part of an international group of companies, the Ability Matters Group, with principal activities focused on supply products and services to those who require a medical enhancement on their mobility and accessibility. The Group emphasis on the comfort of living of the patients and increasing their independence by offering a wide range of products and services. The Group associated the brands such as OpCare, Otho Europe, Ability Matters UK, Ability Matters IE, LM Orthopaedic and Peach.
The business, Ability Matters, was established in 1889 in Dublin, Ireland. Through merger and acquisitions, with over 500 employees across organisations, the Group became of the industry leaders in prosthetic and orthotic solutions as well as mobility aids in the UK and Ireland.
The Group is successfully maintaining the Public Healthcare contracts which are allowed to have a huge impact within the public and private rehabilitation programmes domestically and abroad.
The Group headquarter and most of its business units are located in the UK and due to the biggest unknowns in terms of politic, social and economic, Brexit, adding the other dimensions to the existing implications of the organisation’s supply chain as the organisation have a strong presence internationally in locations such as Netherland, France or the Middle East.
The researcher will have the ability to consulting the objectives and issues as well as findings, if any, with the Senior Management of the organisation. As an employee of the company, the practical insight on the day-to-day operations supported by education and experience supposed to be sufficient to identify issues and opportunities, especially within purchasing and inventory management area of the organisational supply chain. The researcher has defined this area as critical to improves services and shortage the lead time of supplied goods.
The main scope of the dissertation case study will be around domestic functions of the enterprise, highlighting the dual complexity of operations: the goals and intentions of the supply chain in the privately funded organisation with contrast to a different needs and objectives of the public healthcare services. This business model must be able to effectively blend two completely different approaches to conducting procurement processes, triggering operation procedures, financing and budgeting or event reporting issues. The industry is very process-driven, however, decision-making functions can be quite lagging due to significant differences in statuses and purpose of the company and his main customer.
In this matter, the value chain must be optimised to reduce mistakes, returns and miscommunications.
The research case study gives the opportunity to provide the answer for the necessity and possibility, if any of improvements within the procurement and the supply chain processes, especially in Inventory Management, purchasing and reverse logistics.
Question 1: Articulate the rationale for your proposed research study including an explanation of the topic of interest, the objective of the research, background and relevance.
Question 2: Proposed title of the dissertation
Question 3: Client organisation
Question 4: Proposed Research Questions
Question 5: Critical analysis of Literature
Identify two relevant journal articles dealing with the subject and the research question(s) addressed. The articles you have selected should underpin your literature review and in particular the theoretical framework for your research. The articles should use different research approaches for a similar research question – for example; one author uses a positivist approach and the other
Question 6: Intended Methodology: Give an explanation of how you plan to research the topic of interest
Question 7: Expected Outcomes