Development of an integrated supply chain model
With increased global competitive pressures, companies operating in these competitive environments are not only looking to their distribution division to save money, but also to generate competitive advantages. One technique is the integrated supply chain. However, this process has not met with success for all companies, leading some managers to consider the appropriateness of an integrated supply chain. This dearth of success could be attributed to the lack of scholarship to guide managers in their efforts to formulate and then implement their integrated supply chain strategies. In an effort to fill this gap, our paper draws on resource dependency theory and the realities of ever-increasing information technology sophistication as enablers of successful supply chain integration resulting in the creation of our model to guide managers throughout this process.
Toru Sakaguchi, Clay Dibrell, and Stefan Nicovich. "Development of an integrated supply chain model" AMCIS 2002 Proceedings. Dallas, Texas. Dec. 2002.
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