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Supply chain management tools and methods

Ivanova, Ivelina (2004) Supply chain management tools and methods. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    In today's business environment, manufacturers need to manage their enterprises as an
    inseparable part of a supply chain. Key to achieving this is the creation of an extended
    and integrated information system.
    In an attempt to find out what needs to be done to improve current supply chain
    methods and tools, the current research project 1) reviewed the literature to establish
    current approaches to Supply Chain Management (SCM); 2) identified what tools and
    methods are available; 3) categorised the current approaches to supply chain
    management and established a current practice SCM model; 4) identified the
    requirements for improved SCM; 5) produced an outline requirements specification for
    improved SCM.
    The research has made a number of contributions to knowledge. A literature survey on
    the subject of what SCM involves and what a SCM system is was carried out and was
    followed by the conclusions that existing software systems have not been classified and
    tested against the criteria of a true SCM system. A survey of existing SCM software
    solutions provided data for an analysis of what typical SCM applications include and
    concluded that a comprehensive SCM solution currently does not exist. That
    conclusion was verified by a survey based on SCM expert interviews. Three case
    studies were carried out that looked into different parts of the supply chain and
    demonstrated the significance of advanced SCM functionality for each one of them.
    The case studies also involved the design and implementation of a supply chain
    mapping tool and a supplier relationship management tool. Finally, a conceptual
    specification of an improved SCM system was developed.
    The research will be of interest to practitioners in the area of SCM that are looking for
    ideas to improve SCM procedures and namely, are looking into implementing or
    developing an already existing software system for SCM. It also suggests ideas for
    further research, which may be of interest to research students who are interested in the
    area of SCM.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Thesis advisorLittle,
    Additional Information: EThOS Persistent ID
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
    H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
    H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
    Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
    Depositing User: Graham Stone
    Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2009 16:43
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:37


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