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Planning for Supplier Base Reduction - understanding Supplier Base Reduction´s role in purchasing

Karlsson, Fabian and Eriksson-Ritzén, Sebastian (2011) MTT820
Engineering Logistics
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Title: Planning for Supplier Base Reduction - understanding Supplier Base Reduction’s role in purchasing. A case study at Alfa Laval AB
Authors: Fabian Karlsson and Sebastian Eriksson-Ritzén
Supervisors: Ala Pazirandeh, Department of Industrial Management and Logistics, Lund University
Markus Ekendahl, Alfa Laval AB
Background: Today individual businesses do not compete as isolated entities, but rather within supply chains. Lambert (2008) emphasizes the importance of relationship management in supply chain management which is also supported by Chen and Paulraj (2004) who argue that buyer-supplier relationships have a central part in supply chain management. Chen and Paulraj (2004) state that in the past companies commonly contracted... (More)
Title: Planning for Supplier Base Reduction - understanding Supplier Base Reduction’s role in purchasing. A case study at Alfa Laval AB
Authors: Fabian Karlsson and Sebastian Eriksson-Ritzén
Supervisors: Ala Pazirandeh, Department of Industrial Management and Logistics, Lund University
Markus Ekendahl, Alfa Laval AB
Background: Today individual businesses do not compete as isolated entities, but rather within supply chains. Lambert (2008) emphasizes the importance of relationship management in supply chain management which is also supported by Chen and Paulraj (2004) who argue that buyer-supplier relationships have a central part in supply chain management. Chen and Paulraj (2004) state that in the past companies commonly contracted with a large number of suppliers and that recently there has been a significant shift from the traditional adversarial buyer-seller relationships to the use of a limited number of qualified suppliers with deeper relationships. The shift when moving from a large number of suppliers to fewer is titled supplier base reduction. Supplier base reduction is one of five components in Chen and Paulraj‟s (2004) buyer-supplier concept. They conclude that supplier base reduction is a required element of contemporary supply chain management. This thesis concerns how supplier base reduction connects to other areas within the purchasing field and what issues companies needs to address when planning for a supplier base reduction initiative.
Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to increase the understanding of a successful supplier base reduction initiative and the activities that should be conducted prior to such a supplier base reduction initiative.
Research question: How to successfully plan a supplier base reduction initiative and what aspects to consider when planning such an initiative?
Method: In order to map the areas of purchasing that relate to supplier base reduction and understand how these areas affect and are affected by supplier base reduction a system approach has been used. This has been combined with an abductive approach where purchasing literature has been studied and a conceptual model has been developed. This conceptual model has been used to analyze the conditions for supplier base reduction at the case company, Alfa Laval.
Conclusions: The conceptual model concludes that it is important to understand why a company should initiate supplier base reduction and that there are activities that should be carried out before reducing the supplier base. The degree of purchasing centralization affects how difficult a supplier base reduction will be. A commodity
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strategy and data on the spend and supplier performance should be in place before a supplier initiative.
Supplier base reduction, supplier base, supplier management, supply chain management (Less)
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Karlsson, Fabian and Eriksson-Ritzén, Sebastian
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MTT820
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M1 - University Diploma
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Supplier base reduction, supplier base, supplier management, supply chain management
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English
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ISRN LUTMDN/TMTP--5715--SE
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1858497
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Authors: Fabian Karlsson and Sebastian Eriksson-Ritzén
Supervisors: Ala Pazirandeh, Department of Industrial Management and Logistics, Lund University
Markus Ekendahl, Alfa Laval AB
Background: Today individual businesses do not compete as isolated entities, but rather within supply chains. Lambert (2008) emphasizes the importance of relationship management in supply chain management which is also supported by Chen and Paulraj (2004) who argue that buyer-supplier relationships have a central part in supply chain management. Chen and Paulraj (2004) state that in the past companies commonly contracted with a large number of suppliers and that recently there has been a significant shift from the traditional adversarial buyer-seller relationships to the use of a limited number of qualified suppliers with deeper relationships. The shift when moving from a large number of suppliers to fewer is titled supplier base reduction. Supplier base reduction is one of five components in Chen and Paulraj‟s (2004) buyer-supplier concept. They conclude that supplier base reduction is a required element of contemporary supply chain management. This thesis concerns how supplier base reduction connects to other areas within the purchasing field and what issues companies needs to address when planning for a supplier base reduction initiative.
Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to increase the understanding of a successful supplier base reduction initiative and the activities that should be conducted prior to such a supplier base reduction initiative.
Research question: How to successfully plan a supplier base reduction initiative and what aspects to consider when planning such an initiative?
Method: In order to map the areas of purchasing that relate to supplier base reduction and understand how these areas affect and are affected by supplier base reduction a system approach has been used. This has been combined with an abductive approach where purchasing literature has been studied and a conceptual model has been developed. This conceptual model has been used to analyze the conditions for supplier base reduction at the case company, Alfa Laval.
Conclusions: The conceptual model concludes that it is important to understand why a company should initiate supplier base reduction and that there are activities that should be carried out before reducing the supplier base. The degree of purchasing centralization affects how difficult a supplier base reduction will be. A commodity
v
strategy and data on the spend and supplier performance should be in place before a supplier initiative.
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