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An Empirical Analysis of the Financial Impact of Supply Chain Management on Small Firms

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  • James C. Brau

    (Brigham Young University)

  • Stanley E. Fawcett

    (Brigham Young University)

  • Ladd Morgan

    (Brigham Young University)

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    Abstract

    In this article we test the value proposition hypothesis of supply chain management (SCM) by examining survey results of 570 US managers. First, we find that large firms use SCM initiatives significantly more than small firms. Second, in univariate and multivariate tests, we find that SCM leads to significant improvements in asset utilization, revenue generation, and competitive performance, regardless of firm size. These two major findings suggest that managers at small firms that are not actively engaged in SCM should reevaluate their opportunity to capture the competitive benefits of SCM that many large firms currently enjoy.

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    Article provided by Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management in its journal Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Ventures.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 (Spring)
    Pages: 55-82

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    Handle: RePEc:pep:journl:v:12:y:2007:i:1:p:55-82

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    Keywords: supply chain management; SCM; small business;

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    1. Mitchell A. Petersen & Raghuram G. Rajan, 1996. "Trade Credit: Theories and Evidence," NBER Working Papers 5602, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Arend, Richard J. & Wisner, Joel D., 2005. "Small business and supply chain management: is there a fit?," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 20(3), pages 403-436, May.
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