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Supply chain flexibility as a determinant of supplier selection

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  • Gosling, J.
  • Purvis, L.
  • Naim, M.M.
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    This paper examines how buying organisations can configure their supply networks to achieve supply chain flexibility. Supply chain flexibility can be rationalised by considering two key antecedents of flexibility, sourcing and vendor flexibility. Network co-ordinators can group their suppliers under three categories, framework agreement suppliers, preferred suppliers and approved suppliers, each with different flexibility implications. It is possible to maintain a suitable level of supply chain flexibility by maintaining a pool of suppliers in each category. Case studies from the construction sector are used to explore supply chain flexibility, which include a house building contractor from the UK and six of its suppliers.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Journal of Production Economics.

    Volume (Year): 128 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 (November)
    Pages: 11-21

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:128:y:2010:i:1:p:11-21

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    Keywords: Construction Project Procurement Sourcing Agility;

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    1. Jin, Yan & Vonderembse, Mark & Ragu-Nathan, T.S. & Smith, Joy Turnheim, 2014. "Exploring relationships among IT-enabled sharing capability, supply chain flexibility, and competitive performance," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 153(C), pages 24-34.
    2. Costantino, Nicola & Dotoli, Mariagrazia & Falagario, Marco & Fanti, Maria Pia & Mangini, Agostino Marcello, 2012. "A model for supply management of agile manufacturing supply chains," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 135(1), pages 451-457.
    3. Yusuf, Yahaya Y. & Gunasekaran, Angappa & Musa, Ahmed & Dauda, Mohammed & El-Berishy, Nagham M. & Cang, Shuang, 2014. "A relational study of supply chain agility, competitiveness and business performance in the oil and gas industry," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 147(PB), pages 531-543.
    4. Das, Kanchan, 2011. "Integrating effective flexibility measures into a strategic supply chain planning model," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 211(1), pages 170-183, May.
    5. Genovese, Andrea & Lenny Koh, S.C. & Acquaye, Adolf, 2013. "Energy efficiency retrofitting services supply chains: Evidence about stakeholders and configurations from the Yorskhire and Humber region case," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 144(1), pages 20-43.
    6. Purvis, Laura & Gosling, Jonathan & Naim, Mohamed M., 2014. "The development of a lean, agile and leagile supply network taxonomy based on differing types of flexibility," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 151(C), pages 100-111.
    7. Lynch, J. & Mason, R.J. & Beresford, A.K.C. & Found, P.A., 2012. "An examination of the role for Business Orientation in an uncertain business environment," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 137(1), pages 145-156.

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