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A study of firm managers' perceptions of the supply chain integration in Iran
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Supply chain management (SCM) has been a major component of competitive strategy to enhance organizational productivity and profitability. Firms are starting to be aware of the strategic importance of integration across the boundaries of the supply chain. The ultimate goal of this study is to identify the underlying factors of supply chain integration in Iranian firms with particular emphasis on the role of information sharing and inter- organizational collaboration from their managers’ viewpoint. In order to shed light on status of supply chain integration, we carried out a cross-sectional survey in 57 Iranian companies from automotive and food industries which are the two most referred examples of advanced supply chains. Using statistical analysis, the study tries to identify the most desirable areas of collaboration with key supply chain partners and also role of information technology in achieving such integration. Then, the effect of such cooperation on supply chain performance is examined. The findings disclosed that Iranian firms have started paying attention to the need for IT integration in supply chains. However, their managers’ perceptions towards collaboration level with key associates in supply chain were quite selective. While cooperation with partners in production and sales administration has shown positive trend, costly and newly-emerged areas such as supply chain software implementation and customer relationship management (CRM) are not very common. Overall performance has been improved as a result of integration. Furthermore, an interesting and surprising finding from multiple regression analysis was the significant negative correlation between the supply chain design collaboration with suppliers/customers and performance measures such as order fulfilment lead time, order fill rate, production flexibility, total logistics costs, and inventory days of supply.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Supply chain management, information technology, knowledge, sharing, information integration
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-46896ISRN: LTU-PB-EX--09/068--SELocal ID: 48093bb1-2ef4-4d4a-9cc7-88e0c7ba2f2bOAI: diva2:1020211
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Electronic Commerce, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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