Identification of waste zones associated with supply chain management

Al-Hakim, Latif (2005) Identification of waste zones associated with supply chain management. In: SAPICS 2005: Supply Chains in Rhythm, 5-8 Jun 2005, Sun City, South Africa.

Abstract

The question asked by many supply chain managers is 'what supply chain strategy is best to use to gain a competitive advantage?' This research argues that selection of a supply chain strategy represents only one facet, although essential, of realising the competitive advantage. The other facet is the means by which the supply chain entities manage the waste. By waste, here, we mean anything that adds no value to the manufacturing of products or producing the required services. This paper offers a unique point of view about gaining competitive advantage from push-pull strategy through the systematic reduction of waste along the entire supply chain. The paper recognises the intra-organisation waste zones and identifies three main inter-organisation waste zones within a supply chain; information zone, strategic decisions zone and system variation zone. The reduction of waste is seen to be most effective when supply chain entities can clearly identify waste zones and when their learning rate is high.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:17
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: bullwhip effect; lean manufacturing; supply chain strategies; waste zones
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150309 Logistics and Supply Chain Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150106 Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910404 Productivity (excl. Public Sector)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/209

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