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The Challenge In Supply Chain Innovation


Helén Anderson
Jönköping International Business School
Helén Anderson and Johan Lilliecreutz

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The paper was published at the 19th IMP-conference in Lugano, Switzerland in 2003.


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The value ?thinking? in a supply chain is important and fruitful when to focus on the customers? need for continuous improvement and having the customer in focus enables effectiveness in providing the customer value. The lean concept in addition enforces efficiency in all activities in the production and distribution within existing supply chains. The further back in the chain you work as distributor, producer or supplier the more likely it is that you participate in several value chains in fact forming complex network-like structures. The industrial business challenge is thus to construct meaningful constructive activity responsibilities among the actors. The defence industry is the empirical case to which the authors address their conceptual discussion. The purpose with this paper is to identify and define critical research questions in Supply Chain Innovation of particular relevance to high tech systems integrating industries. The paper relies on a literature survey in the fields of supply chain management and technology management. The formulation of the future research areas has also been inspired by the dissertation from ENDREA and IMIE.