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National cultural diversity and global supply chain management

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Purpose: In an era of global supply chains, the vast majority of supply chain theory is

    bound up within the North American and European business contexts. To investigate its

    generic applicability within a global context, this study investigates how national culture

    affects the uptake of supply chain management theory in practise.

    Methodology: Hoefstede’s (1980) well-known measures of international work-related

    values are used to compare the behaviours of a cross-national sample of supply chain

    managers. The exploratory research involves an anthropological approach of observing

    supply chain management behaviour within its natural setting.

    Research Implications: Supply chain management concepts need to be adapted to

    cater for managers’ cultural diversity. Identifying the most desirable supply chain

    improvement destination requires understanding of national, organisational and

    individual cultural norms. In particular, the pathway to change and the desirable

    leadership role must be matched to the demands of the local cultural environment.

    Research Limitations: A limited number of national settings, and cases from each

    national setting, are investigated. Hence there is significant scope for further

    exploratory, intra-country and inter-country research into national cultural diversity and

    global supply chain management.

    Original contribution: The general uptake of supply chain management in practise is

    slow and rather disappointing, particularly given some twenty-plus years of academic

    research. Although supply chain management concepts seem to be geographically

    generic in application, the setting directly affects the approaches undertaken in practise.

    The cultural values in Asian versus Anglo-Saxon working environments significantly

    affect supply chain management practise.

Authors


  •   Childerhouse, Paul (external author)
  •   Deakins, Eric (external author)
  •   Potter, Andrew (external author)
  •   Banomyong, Ruth (external author)
  •   Mccullen, P (external author)
  •   Tomas, A (external author)
  •   Boehme, Tillmann
  •   Hosoda, T (external author)
  •   Yaseen, E A. (external author)
  •   Towill, Denis R. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Childerhouse, P., Deakins, E., Potter, A., Banomyong, R., Mccullen, P., Tomas, A., Boehme, T., Hosoda, T., Yaseen, E. A. & Towill, D. (2010). National cultural diversity and global supply chain management. In K. S. Pawar & C. S. Lalwani (Eds.), International Symposium on Logistics (pp. 53-59). Nottingham UK: Nottingham University Business School.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/1930

Start Page


  • 53

End Page


  • 59

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.isl21.net/

Abstract


  • Purpose: In an era of global supply chains, the vast majority of supply chain theory is

    bound up within the North American and European business contexts. To investigate its

    generic applicability within a global context, this study investigates how national culture

    affects the uptake of supply chain management theory in practise.

    Methodology: Hoefstede’s (1980) well-known measures of international work-related

    values are used to compare the behaviours of a cross-national sample of supply chain

    managers. The exploratory research involves an anthropological approach of observing

    supply chain management behaviour within its natural setting.

    Research Implications: Supply chain management concepts need to be adapted to

    cater for managers’ cultural diversity. Identifying the most desirable supply chain

    improvement destination requires understanding of national, organisational and

    individual cultural norms. In particular, the pathway to change and the desirable

    leadership role must be matched to the demands of the local cultural environment.

    Research Limitations: A limited number of national settings, and cases from each

    national setting, are investigated. Hence there is significant scope for further

    exploratory, intra-country and inter-country research into national cultural diversity and

    global supply chain management.

    Original contribution: The general uptake of supply chain management in practise is

    slow and rather disappointing, particularly given some twenty-plus years of academic

    research. Although supply chain management concepts seem to be geographically

    generic in application, the setting directly affects the approaches undertaken in practise.

    The cultural values in Asian versus Anglo-Saxon working environments significantly

    affect supply chain management practise.

Authors


  •   Childerhouse, Paul (external author)
  •   Deakins, Eric (external author)
  •   Potter, Andrew (external author)
  •   Banomyong, Ruth (external author)
  •   Mccullen, P (external author)
  •   Tomas, A (external author)
  •   Boehme, Tillmann
  •   Hosoda, T (external author)
  •   Yaseen, E A. (external author)
  •   Towill, Denis R. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Childerhouse, P., Deakins, E., Potter, A., Banomyong, R., Mccullen, P., Tomas, A., Boehme, T., Hosoda, T., Yaseen, E. A. & Towill, D. (2010). National cultural diversity and global supply chain management. In K. S. Pawar & C. S. Lalwani (Eds.), International Symposium on Logistics (pp. 53-59). Nottingham UK: Nottingham University Business School.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/1930

Start Page


  • 53

End Page


  • 59

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.isl21.net/