1 October 2001 Agile supply chain capabilities: emerging patterns as a determinant of competitive objectives
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Proceedings Volume 4566, Internet-based Enterprise Integration and Management; (2001) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.443147
Event: Intelligent Systems and Advanced Manufacturing, 2001, Boston, MA, United States
Abstract
Turbulent change caused by factors such as changing customer and technological requirements threatens manufacturers through lower product life cycles, profits and bleak survival prospects. Therefore, several companies are stressing flexibility and agility in order to respond, real time, to the unique needs of customers and markets. However, the resource competencies required are often difficult to mobilise and retain by single companies. It is therefore imperative for companies to co-operate and leverage complementary competencies. To this end, legally separate and spatially distributed companies are becoming integrated through Internet-based technologies. The paper reviews emerging patterns in supply chain integration. It also explores the relationship between the emerging patterns and attainment of competitive objectives. The results reported in the paper are based on data from a survey by questionnaire. The survey involved 600 companies in the UK, as part of a larger study of agile manufacturing. The study was driven by a conceptual model, which relates supply chain practices to competitive objectives. The analysis involves the use of factor analysis to reduce research variables to a few principal components. Subsequently, multiple regression was conducted to study the relationship amongst the reduced variables. The results validate the proposed conceptual model and lend credence to current thinking that supply chain integration is a vital tool for competitive advantage.
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Yahaya Y. Yusuf, E. O. Adeleye, K Sivayoganathan, "Agile supply chain capabilities: emerging patterns as a determinant of competitive objectives", Proc. SPIE 4566, Internet-based Enterprise Integration and Management, (1 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.443147; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.443147
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