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Simplified material flow holds the key to supply chain integration


  • Childerhouse, Paul
  • Towill, Denis R.


Many organisations are evaluating their supply chains because they are perceived to be an area for both cost cutting and increasing competitiveness. The objective is apparently very simple; optimise the supply chain via effective and efficient operating practices. This paper will demonstrate via the statistical analysis of 32 industrial case studies that the route to this desired fully integrated, effective supply chain is long established. The solution has been renamed, repackaged and adapted many times over the years, but what remains constant are the underlying principles of simplified material flow. The output of this paper includes the vision, design principles, and rules for action needed to enable effective supply chain integration.

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  • Childerhouse, Paul & Towill, Denis R., 2003. "Simplified material flow holds the key to supply chain integration," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 17-27, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:31:y:2003:i:1:p:17-27

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    1. Sabri, Ehap H. & Beamon, Benita M., 2000. "A multi-objective approach to simultaneous strategic and operational planning in supply chain design," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 28(5), pages 581-598, October.
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    1. Li, Suhong & Ragu-Nathan, Bhanu & Ragu-Nathan, T.S. & Subba Rao, S., 2006. "The impact of supply chain management practices on competitive advantage and organizational performance," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 34(2), pages 107-124, April.
    2. Prajogo, Daniel & Olhager, Jan, 2012. "Supply chain integration and performance: The effects of long-term relationships, information technology and sharing, and logistics integration," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 135(1), pages 514-522.
    3. van der Vaart, Taco & van Donk, Dirk Pieter, 2008. "A critical review of survey-based research in supply chain integration," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 111(1), pages 42-55, January.
    4. Manijeh Teimori, 2014. "Effect of Information Security Management in Automotive Supply Chains to Reduce appetite Boosting Orders," International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, vol. 4(7), pages 316-324, July.
    5. van Donk, Dirk Pieter & van der Vaart, Taco, 2005. "A case of shared resources, uncertainty and supply chain integration in the process industry," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 96(1), pages 97-108, April.
    6. Rudberg, Martin & Martin West, B., 2008. "Global operations strategy: Coordinating manufacturing networks," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 91-106, February.
    7. Alma Spaho, 2011. "Determinants of Information Sharing in Supply Chain among Manufacturing and Trading companies in Albania: A Discriminant Analysis," EuroEconomica, Danubius University of Galati, issue 29, pages 75-85, August.
    8. Disney, S.M. & Towill, D.R., 2005. "Eliminating drift in inventory and order based production control systems," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 93(1), pages 331-344, January.
    9. Danese, Pamela, 2013. "Supplier integration and company performance: A configurational view," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 41(6), pages 1029-1041.
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    12. Vijayasarathy, Leo R., 2010. "Supply integration: An investigation of its multi-dimensionality and relational antecedents," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 124(2), pages 489-505, April.


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