Integrated Supply Chain Concepts: Theory Versus Reality

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C.L. Kappagomtula
Professor, Malaysia
Tons of books and articles appear on various aspects of global supply chains and their integration to achieve perfections in their 'efficiency' and 'responsiveness'. While these two pillars hold the key to Supply Chain's idealization, one sometimes wonders if the distance between the reality on the ground and board room meetings or class room theoretical discussions is not too big... When doing business by itself is a competitive practice, why should any businessman share his business dealings with other business entities in the same composite integrated chain? A truly integrated supply chain is tailored in theory using the 3A's (Accuracy, Appropriateness, and Accessibility) to regulate and control 3 flows in that Supply Chain (Products, Financial Payments and Information). Any organization will only give the needed information to the other two contact points in the upward or downward chain if that meets its own business interest. If it gets integrated with the Value Syste (...) Read more? Sign up for free

  C.L. Kappagomtula
Professor, Malaysia
 

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