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Paper info: Constraints and opportunities to change through overlapping supply chains networks

Title


Constraints and opportunities to change through overlapping supply chains networks

Authors


Susanne Hertz
Jönköping International Business School
Sweden
Susanne Hertz

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 18th IMP-conference in Perth, Australia in 2002.

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Abstract


Increasing integration of the supply chain network is often seen as a prerequisite forfurther development of an effective and efficient supply chain. Integration of a supplychain network necessitates closer relationships between partners in the supply chain.However, most firms with a variety of product lines and a differentiated customer baseare part of several supply chains, which often overlap. As these supply chain networksare subject to change, the degree of interconnectedness will impose constraints andprovide opportunities to managing the change process.The purpose of this paper is to discuss the implications of constraints and opportunitiesfor the development of one supply chain as a result of the direct and indirect effects onother overlapping supply chains. The paper is mainly based on two large industrialcase studies from the automotive and construction industry, but is complemented bystudies from TPL firms. The theoretical approach is a combination of the networkapproach and supply chain management literature which discusses changes ofintegration in inter-organisational collaboration, systems, activities and resources.