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Challenges of Integration in Supply Chain Networks: An European Case Study. ACES Working Paper 2002.1, August 2002.

Skjott-Larsen, Tage, and Bagchi, Prabir. (2002) Challenges of Integration in Supply Chain Networks: An European Case Study. ACES Working Paper 2002.1, August 2002. [Working Paper]

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    Ever since the Council of Logistics Management (CLM) adopted the definition of logistics in 1984, the integration of somewhat disparate activities of transportation, procurement, inventory control, distribution management, and customer service has been a major thrust in many firms. Realizing the synergies that exists in these functions, many companies have extended the concept further upstream and downstream to include entities outside the company to include vendors and their vendors and customers and their customers. Supply chain management, as the concept is now called, consists of the entire set of processes, procedure, the supporting institutions, and business practices that link buyers and sellers in a marketplace for effectively managing the flow of materials from suppliers to final customers. Many companies have successfully implemented supply chain concepts with spectacular results. Efficient supply chains have enabled these firms to compete better. What were the reasons for their successes? What were the challenges these firms faced in their journeys to achieve integration in their networks? How were they able to overcome these obstacles and challenges? In this paper, we examine these challenges faced by companies in integrating their supply chain networks using case studies.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Supply chain management; logistics; competitiveness; information; businesses; corporations; technology; organizational fusion.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > business/private economic activity
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > American Consortium on European Union Studies > ACES Working Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2008
    Page Range: p. 49
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:57

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