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Supply chain integration: an international comparison of maturity

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the uptake of supply chain integration (SCI) principles internationally and the resultant integration maturity.

    Design/methodology/approach – A rigorous supply chain diagnostics methodology called the Quick Scan is used to assess the integration maturity of 72 value streams located in New Zealand, Thailand and the UK.

    Findings – The majority of the organisations studied are struggling to turn the SCI concept into reality. Supply chains on average are poorly integrated. However, there exist a handful of exemplar cases that provide guidance; levels of integration maturity appear not to differ internationally.

    Research limitations/implications – Only three nations are compared, hence the sample is not fully representative of all countries and industries. There is a significant gap between supply chain rhetoric and practice; clear guidance on how to enable effective integration is required. National settings do not appear to affect the extent of application of supply chain management concepts.

    Practical implications – SCI is a very difficult undertaking. Indifferent practice is the norm. If organisations can attain even the middle ground of internal integration they will outperform many of their competitors.

    Originality/value – The paper presents an international benchmark of SCI maturity involving three triangulated measures of supply chain performance.

Authors


  •   Childerhouse, Paul (external author)
  •   Deakins, Eric (external author)
  •   Boehme, Tillmann
  •   Towill, Denis R. (external author)
  •   Disney, Stephen (external author)
  •   Banomyong, Ruth (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Childerhouse, P., Deakins, E., Boehme, T., Towill, D. R., Disney, S. M. & Banomyong, R. (2011). Supply chain integration: an international comparison of maturity. Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, 23 (4), 531-552.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84986104475

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/1370

Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 531

End Page


  • 552

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=apjml

Abstract


  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the uptake of supply chain integration (SCI) principles internationally and the resultant integration maturity.

    Design/methodology/approach – A rigorous supply chain diagnostics methodology called the Quick Scan is used to assess the integration maturity of 72 value streams located in New Zealand, Thailand and the UK.

    Findings – The majority of the organisations studied are struggling to turn the SCI concept into reality. Supply chains on average are poorly integrated. However, there exist a handful of exemplar cases that provide guidance; levels of integration maturity appear not to differ internationally.

    Research limitations/implications – Only three nations are compared, hence the sample is not fully representative of all countries and industries. There is a significant gap between supply chain rhetoric and practice; clear guidance on how to enable effective integration is required. National settings do not appear to affect the extent of application of supply chain management concepts.

    Practical implications – SCI is a very difficult undertaking. Indifferent practice is the norm. If organisations can attain even the middle ground of internal integration they will outperform many of their competitors.

    Originality/value – The paper presents an international benchmark of SCI maturity involving three triangulated measures of supply chain performance.

Authors


  •   Childerhouse, Paul (external author)
  •   Deakins, Eric (external author)
  •   Boehme, Tillmann
  •   Towill, Denis R. (external author)
  •   Disney, Stephen (external author)
  •   Banomyong, Ruth (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Childerhouse, P., Deakins, E., Boehme, T., Towill, D. R., Disney, S. M. & Banomyong, R. (2011). Supply chain integration: an international comparison of maturity. Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, 23 (4), 531-552.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84986104475

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/1370

Number Of Pages


  • 21

Start Page


  • 531

End Page


  • 552

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=apjml