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Supply chain integration and pathways of least resistance

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Abstract


  • Exploratory, site-centred research used a systems theory lens to investigate real-world pathways to supply chain

    integration. The longitudinal studies involved four New Zealand-based case companies and utilised a rigorous, multimethod

    supply chain integration benchmarking procedure. Findings indicate that, regardless of best practice

    recommendations, supply chain managers adopt the integration pathway favoured by senior management in order to

    secure the level of authority they need for often cross-functional projects. Similarly when seeking to improve external

    relationships, integration pathways that would have the company negotiating from a position of strength are favoured,

    even though more effective negotiation strategies may be possible. In short, supply chain managers appear to be risk

    averse and favour pursuing integration pathways which they perceive will be less problematic for them.

Authors


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

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Boehme, T., Childerhouse, P., Deakins, E. & Towill, D. (2011). Supply chain integration and pathways of least resistance. In U. Laptaned & R. Banomyong (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Logistics and Transport & The 4th International Conference on Operations and Supply Chain Management (ICLT & OSCM 2011) (pp. 453-462). Thailand: UP Organizer and Publication Co. Ltd.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3376&context=commpapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/2327

Start Page


  • 453

End Page


  • 462

Place Of Publication


  • http://utcc2.utcc.ac.th/utccijbe/2011iclt/

Abstract


  • Exploratory, site-centred research used a systems theory lens to investigate real-world pathways to supply chain

    integration. The longitudinal studies involved four New Zealand-based case companies and utilised a rigorous, multimethod

    supply chain integration benchmarking procedure. Findings indicate that, regardless of best practice

    recommendations, supply chain managers adopt the integration pathway favoured by senior management in order to

    secure the level of authority they need for often cross-functional projects. Similarly when seeking to improve external

    relationships, integration pathways that would have the company negotiating from a position of strength are favoured,

    even though more effective negotiation strategies may be possible. In short, supply chain managers appear to be risk

    averse and favour pursuing integration pathways which they perceive will be less problematic for them.

Authors


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

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Boehme, T., Childerhouse, P., Deakins, E. & Towill, D. (2011). Supply chain integration and pathways of least resistance. In U. Laptaned & R. Banomyong (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Logistics and Transport & The 4th International Conference on Operations and Supply Chain Management (ICLT & OSCM 2011) (pp. 453-462). Thailand: UP Organizer and Publication Co. Ltd.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3376&context=commpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/2327

Start Page


  • 453

End Page


  • 462

Place Of Publication


  • http://utcc2.utcc.ac.th/utccijbe/2011iclt/