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Flexible and integrated supply chains towards an innovative research platform

Fabbe-Costes, Nathalie and Jahre, Marianne LU (2009) 21th Annual NOFOMA Conference, 2009
Abstract
Purpose of this paper:

Increasingly more companies need supply chains that satisfy individual needs and can

adapt to a changing environment while simultaneously keeping costs down. Hence,

flexible and integrated supply chains are needed. The purpose of this paper is to develop a

conceptual research platform for studies of how companies can develop such solutions.

Design/methodology/approach:

A systematic review of papers in logistics/SCM on combinations of flexibility and

integration as well as related concepts is undertaken. Results are used as basis for a

discussion of the means supporting flexible and integrated supply chains. In particular the

use of... (More)
Purpose of this paper:

Increasingly more companies need supply chains that satisfy individual needs and can

adapt to a changing environment while simultaneously keeping costs down. Hence,

flexible and integrated supply chains are needed. The purpose of this paper is to develop a

conceptual research platform for studies of how companies can develop such solutions.

Design/methodology/approach:

A systematic review of papers in logistics/SCM on combinations of flexibility and

integration as well as related concepts is undertaken. Results are used as basis for a

discussion of the means supporting flexible and integrated supply chains. In particular the

use of standards and modular design is scrutinized.

Findings:

The research leads to three findings: 1) the vocabulary of flexibility/integration and related

concepts needs to be stabilised; 2) few studies provide in-depth discussions and advice on

means for combinations of flexibility and integration; 3) modularity and use of standards

provide increased understanding of possible solutions.

Research limitations/implications (if applicable)

We have chosen to focus on inter-organisational SCM literature. This is a conceptual paper

based on literature reviews. Further research should include empirical studies.

Practical implications (if applicable:

Project-based industries such as construction and humanitarian aid as well as companies

that are faced with supply chain disruptions and market turbulence should find the results

on means that permit flexible and integrated supply chains useful.

What is original/value of paper?

A research platform is presented including definitions and discussion of relationships

between integration/flexibility concepts. A structured mapping of means and enablers is

provided. A set of propositions is offered and results can be used for further research as

well as for practical purposes. (Less)
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Flexibility, Integration, Agility, Leanness, Supply chain management, Literature review, Modular design, Standardization
pages
19 pages
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21th Annual NOFOMA Conference, 2009
language
English
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  abstract     = {Purpose of this paper:<br/><br>
Increasingly more companies need supply chains that satisfy individual needs and can<br/><br>
adapt to a changing environment while simultaneously keeping costs down. Hence,<br/><br>
flexible and integrated supply chains are needed. The purpose of this paper is to develop a<br/><br>
conceptual research platform for studies of how companies can develop such solutions.<br/><br>
Design/methodology/approach:<br/><br>
A systematic review of papers in logistics/SCM on combinations of flexibility and<br/><br>
integration as well as related concepts is undertaken. Results are used as basis for a<br/><br>
discussion of the means supporting flexible and integrated supply chains. In particular the<br/><br>
use of standards and modular design is scrutinized.<br/><br>
Findings:<br/><br>
The research leads to three findings: 1) the vocabulary of flexibility/integration and related<br/><br>
concepts needs to be stabilised; 2) few studies provide in-depth discussions and advice on<br/><br>
means for combinations of flexibility and integration; 3) modularity and use of standards<br/><br>
provide increased understanding of possible solutions.<br/><br>
Research limitations/implications (if applicable)<br/><br>
We have chosen to focus on inter-organisational SCM literature. This is a conceptual paper<br/><br>
based on literature reviews. Further research should include empirical studies.<br/><br>
Practical implications (if applicable:<br/><br>
Project-based industries such as construction and humanitarian aid as well as companies<br/><br>
that are faced with supply chain disruptions and market turbulence should find the results<br/><br>
on means that permit flexible and integrated supply chains useful.<br/><br>
What is original/value of paper?<br/><br>
A research platform is presented including definitions and discussion of relationships<br/><br>
between integration/flexibility concepts. A structured mapping of means and enablers is<br/><br>
provided. A set of propositions is offered and results can be used for further research as<br/><br>
well as for practical purposes.},
  author       = {Fabbe-Costes, Nathalie and Jahre, Marianne},
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  title        = {Flexible and integrated supply chains towards an innovative research platform},
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