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Making Location Decisions in Supply Chain Design

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The case

Ken OwenWho – the protagonist

Ken Owen, Commercial Director of Hinckley Point C (HPC).

What?

EDF Energy, a subsidiary of EDF Group, is building a nuclear power station, called HPC. HPC is a new nuclear build, providing low-carbon electricity for around six million homes, creating thousands of jobs and bring lasting benefits to the UK economy.

Why?

EDF Energy won the contract to build HPC and Ken had been asked to set up HPC’s very complex supply network. Ken faced the dilemma of using the traditionally ‘safe’ option of working with experienced contractors or pursuing an innovative strategy of working with and developing smaller, local suppliers.

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When?

On the 19 March 2013, EDF Energy was granted approval by the Government to start building the HPC nuclear power plant. Following which, Ken began planning for its delivery.

Where?

The HPC nuclear power plant will be built in Somerset, South-West England (expected to open in 2025).

Key quote

“It’s the equivalent of building all the facilities for the London Olympics,” Alistair Smith, chairman of power division at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, speaking about the complexities of HPC.

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What next?

Ken is working with developing scope of services with his supply chain team and contract managers. He is holding initial discussions with a host of MNCs with proven experience and expertise, but is also keen on inviting local SMEs to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the HPC megaproject.

 
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The authors
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Jas Kalra, Jens K. Roehrich and Brian Squire

Jas discusses collecting data and being first-time case writers.

Data accumulation and field research

Jas said: “I really enjoyed the process of collecting data for the case and then building and presenting a narrative to make it accessible to students. This also refined my understanding of the concepts.”

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Overcoming challenges

Jas commented: “Distilling the rich information and the complexity of the case to align it with my teaching curriculum were challenges that had to be overcome.

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Scholarship benefits

Jas said: “The peer-review and feedback from established case writers, offered as part of our case writing scholarship, improved the quality of the case and helped me understand the nuances of effective case writing.”

Classroom engagement

Jas concluded: “Testing the case with students helped us understand what works and what doesn’t work in terms of running the case in the classroom. This informed the writing up of final teaching case and teaching note.

 “Compared to how I have previously taught a particular topic, the case method has allowed me to generate much greater engagement in the classroom. Students appreciate the opportunity to apply concepts to understand the case and debate relevant emerging issues with their peers.”

About the authors

Jas Kalra is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Bath School of Management.
e tk407@bath.ac.uk

Jens K. Roehrich is a Professor and HPC Chair in Supply Chain Innovation at the University of Bath School of Management.
e jr235@bath.ac.uk

Brian Squire is a Professor and Deputy Dean of the University of Bath School of Management.
mnpbcs@bath.ac.uk

 

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