SBM1202 Sustainable Procurement Management: Reflective Journal B Assessment 3 Answer

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Question :

Unit Code and Title: SBM1202 Project Quality, Risk & Procurement Management 

Assessment 3: Reflective Journal ( A and B)

Word count / Time
400 - 500 words
Weighting:20% ( 10% each)
Unit Learning Outcomes:ULO-3, ULO-5

Assessment Details:

This assignment requires you to think deeply and write about your learning experience and the topic

(s) content you have experienced and learned ).

You are required to write two reflective journal entries one about your learning experience and the topic (s) you learned that is Reflective Journal (A) and one about your learning experience and the topic (s) you learned that is Reflective Journal (B).

In writing you reflective learning journal, you will need to follow the following strategy to write your journal entry:

DIEP (Describe, Interpret, Evaluate, Plan) Strategy. 

Mainly you need to select one of the main topics and write your reflection on the selected topic.

You required to write 400-500 words to describe your learning experience. You can use the following questions to guide your writing entry:

  • What did I read for this topic, apart from the notes? (Include information and references from a range of sources)
  • What was the most interesting thing I read for this topic - why was that?
  • What material didn’t I find interesting – why was that?
  • What did I previously think was true, but now know to be wrong?
  • What did we not cover that I expected we should?
  • What have I changed my mind about as a result of this topic?
  • What is one thing I learned in this topic that I may be able to use in future?
  • What am I still unsure about? What would I like to learn more about?
  • What issues(s) interested me and would I like to study in more detail?
  • What are my ideas for action, based on this topic?
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Answer :



This module is about procurement management and I have learnt about sustainable procurement management in detail. According to Walker and Brammer (2016), procurement management is mainly about contracts between two parties though when the procurement process focuses on sustainability that is economic, social and environmental sustainability during its entire life cycle, it is called sustainable procurement management.  One of the most interesting aspects I read about sustainable procurement management is that in this process, organisations not only focus on their profitability but also for society in general. The analysis of the economic, social and environmental elements of sustainable procurement management has helped me to understand about sustainability concepts brought out by different organisations.  


Even though most of the aspects of sustainable procurement management was interesting to me, I am a little bit concerned about the implementation process as sustainable procurement depends on principles like accountability, transparency, ethical behaviour, continuous improvement, innovative solutions, respect for stakeholders and so on (Ghadimi et al. 2016). However, after reading this week's materials, my understanding of procurement management has changed. Interestingly, the procurement management principles which I thought now seems wrong and the ones taught in the lecture seems to appropriate. However, one of the missing elements I identified in this week's lecture is that it does not include real-life examples of organisations that have already implemented this. Presence of that could have helped me to gain a better practical understanding of sustainable procurement. In regards to the topic taught this week, I have completely changed my mind about sustainable procurement management principles which were completely missing in me as I thought procurement management is only about contracting.  


The learning of the principles of sustainable procurement could help me in future to manage procurement activities in my future organisation. However, as practical examples of implementation were missing, I am still unsure about the right steps to be taken for the implementation of the principles for proper sustainable procurement management. I need to learn more about this to apply in future endeavours.  


I would like to learn about sustainable procurement management, the principles, the methods and mechanisms for its real-life application. Understanding of this can help me to be knowledgeable about modern age procurement management methods. Moreover, I can make use of this knowledge to get better employment in a big organisation where sustainable procurement management is required.