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ITSCM 465: Global Operations Strategy: Identify a Country & its Capacity

A guide to assist students in Dr. Prasad's ITSCM 465 class, fall 2020.

Choose a Country

First, look at the data about predicted Covid cases & hospitalizations in South Africa.

You are only looking for data about hospitalizations within the next month or so. We aren't concerned right now with people who recover at home, or the future case counts beyond a month or so. 

Look at data dashboards like the ones below: 

Now, go over to the second tab on this guide for Identifying a Product. When you're done there, come back here :-) 


Country Capacity

Finally, study your country's capacity to produce these products. 

You will not find one single article that says "Egypt can produce and distribute X million vials of remdesivir!" or whatever your product is.

Instead, you will need to follow a process

  1. Look at the BOM for your product -- its component parts
  2. Consider any storage, transportation, timing, constraints, or other needs for those components. 
    1. We are not considering the second-level, sub-sub-components, or raw materials needed. So in other words, if you are looking at medical face masks, they are most often made of spun polypropylene -- you only need to consider where you would source the polypropylene, not the raw plastics needed to produce the polypropylene.
  3. Search the literature carefully and read through many articles that might mention small details related to that country's production. 
  4. Try lots of different search words and combinations. Keep track of what you are using, and make a note of search terms that are effective. Yes, this is time-consuming. That's why it's called research!

Start your search for articles in the library databases below.


You probably are most interested in scholarly journals, so limit to that in your search results first. However, trade journals and even some business-related news might have press releases related to a certain company that is a major supplier for some product, so check those too. 

  • Trade Journals -- are similar to popular magazines, but targeted to people working in that specific industry. E.g., Modern Grocer, Beverage World.
  • Scholarly Journals -- usually provide academic, peer-reviewed, independently quality-tested research. E.g., Journal of Supply Chain Management.
  • Current Newspapers or Magazines-- most current, breaking information, press releases, earnings reports from companies, etc. E.g., Milwaukee Business Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur.

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