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Increased Supply Chain Flexibility by Changes in Information Sharing with Suppliers - The FAIS Roadmap

Quick, Simon and Rosdahl, Louice (2009)
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
Due to a shifting competitive landscape, companies have realized that in order to meet the new market trends, they need to be flexible not only within their own link but throughout their supply chain. One factor that has proved to have great impact on supply chain flexibility is information sharing. The purpose of this thesis was to add to the knowledge on how organizations can increase their supply chain flexibility by changes in information sharing with suppliers. The objective of this thesis was twofold: To develop a roadmap for analyzing the need and possibilities to increase supply chain flexibility by changes in information sharing with suppliers. With support of this roadmap, present recommendations aiming at increasing the... (More)
Due to a shifting competitive landscape, companies have realized that in order to meet the new market trends, they need to be flexible not only within their own link but throughout their supply chain. One factor that has proved to have great impact on supply chain flexibility is information sharing. The purpose of this thesis was to add to the knowledge on how organizations can increase their supply chain flexibility by changes in information sharing with suppliers. The objective of this thesis was twofold: To develop a roadmap for analyzing the need and possibilities to increase supply chain flexibility by changes in information sharing with suppliers. With support of this roadmap, present recommendations aiming at increasing the flexibility in Axis’s supply chain by changes in information sharing with suppliers. The study was conducted using a systems approach. Through combining theories about supply chain flexibility, information sharing in supply chains and an empirical investigation in an abductive manner, the FAIS Roadmap was developed. The preliminary FAIS Roadmap was tested using a case study on Axis Communications AB. The developed FAIS Roadmap is a tool that can be used in order to specify what changes that should be made regarding information sharing with suppliers in order to increase the supply chain flexibility. After testing the developed roadmap, some refinements were done, resulting in a final version of the FAIS Roadmap. Furthermore, the test resulted in five recommendations for Axis: understand suppliers’ real need for information, simplify and synchronize internal information processes, make sure that high quality information is passed on further up the chain, benefit from extensive information sharing in early stages of product development, and share additional information in order to decrease lead times. (Less)
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author
Quick, Simon and Rosdahl, Louice
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
supply chain management, supply chain flexibility, information sharing, The FAIS Roadmap, Management of enterprises, Företagsledning, management
language
Swedish
id
1438369
date added to LUP
2009-05-20 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {Due to a shifting competitive landscape, companies have realized that in order to meet the new market trends, they need to be flexible not only within their own link but throughout their supply chain. One factor that has proved to have great impact on supply chain flexibility is information sharing. The purpose of this thesis was to add to the knowledge on how organizations can increase their supply chain flexibility by changes in information sharing with suppliers. The objective of this thesis was twofold: To develop a roadmap for analyzing the need and possibilities to increase supply chain flexibility by changes in information sharing with suppliers. With support of this roadmap, present recommendations aiming at increasing the flexibility in Axis’s supply chain by changes in information sharing with suppliers. The study was conducted using a systems approach. Through combining theories about supply chain flexibility, information sharing in supply chains and an empirical investigation in an abductive manner, the FAIS Roadmap was developed. The preliminary FAIS Roadmap was tested using a case study on Axis Communications AB. The developed FAIS Roadmap is a tool that can be used in order to specify what changes that should be made regarding information sharing with suppliers in order to increase the supply chain flexibility. After testing the developed roadmap, some refinements were done, resulting in a final version of the FAIS Roadmap. Furthermore, the test resulted in five recommendations for Axis: understand suppliers’ real need for information, simplify and synchronize internal information processes, make sure that high quality information is passed on further up the chain, benefit from extensive information sharing in early stages of product development, and share additional information in order to decrease lead times.},
  author       = {Quick, Simon and Rosdahl, Louice},
  keyword      = {supply chain management,supply chain flexibility,information sharing,The FAIS Roadmap,Management of enterprises,Företagsledning, management},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Increased Supply Chain Flexibility by Changes in Information Sharing with Suppliers - The FAIS Roadmap},
  year         = {2009},
}