A supply chain strategy for an innovative commodity producer: Testing the applicability of established theoretical models
2014 (English)In: EurOMA 2014 Full Papers, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
The distinction between innovative and functional products have for more than a decade been central to our understanding of how to design appropriate supply chains. However, the distinction between the two types of products, and the associated "optimal" supply chain, are blurring, as high competition forces commodity producers to move up the value chain and increase the innovative content of their products. The purpose of this paper is to use a single case study to test whether established supply chain models can be applied to an innovative commodity producer. The paper finds that although some established model still have merits, a supply chain strategy cannot only be based on product characteristics. Factors such ease of transport and uncertainties in materials supply needs to be taken into account and an effective supply chain may involve utilising decoupling point to combine the benefits of both efficient and responsive supply chains.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Supply chain strategy, Steel industry, Case study
Mechanical Engineering Transport Systems and Logistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-17481OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-17481DiVA: diva2:745003
21st EurOMA Conference, Palermo, Italy, 20-25 June 2014