B2B seller competence Construct development and measurement using a supply chain strategy lens

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    A planning and management infrastructure for large, complex, distributed projectsbeyond ERP and SCM Original Research Article

    Computers in Industry

    Enterprises which are distributed in space and/or which are composed as a temporary joint venture of legally different units recently often called virtual (extended) enterprises. Planning, design and operation (management) goals and requirements of such firms are generally different from those of single, centralized enterprises. The basic feature of an extended (virtual) enterprise is that the co-operating units of it keep their independence during the life-cycle of the co-operationwhat is well regulated by the rules

    of the given conglomerate. It has to be acceptedon the other handthat several basic functionalities

    and goals are the same for all types of distributed, large, complex organizations, which are the targets of our recent study.

    The evolution of web-based manufacturing design/planning and operation system philosophies can be followed through the works presented in this paper. We intend to give software solutions for design, planning and operation (management) of complex, networked organizations represented as nodes of networks. In the first part of the paper, solutions are given to manage complex logistics flows of distributed SMEs, giving more sophisticated solutions than the commonly used supply-chain management (SCM) packages available in the market. The second problem we solve is a complex, web-based solution to manage large, expensive, multi-site, multi-company projects using any type of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and flow management solutions. Our goal is to integrate as many available solutions as possible and to make only the appropriate frameworks including decision-support systems where necessary. The first part of the work means the establishment and application of a web server at each node of the co-operating network, while the second approach uses only one, joint web server and each node communicates with it through the network. These architectures are easy to be integrated if needed, i.e. logistic flows and project management can be solved together. Article Outline

    1. Introduction

    2. Management of complex logistic flows

3. A novel supply network/flow control model

    4. System software requirements and possibilities

    4.1. Software requirements

    4.2. Software capabilities and components

    5. Project management issues

    5.1. Supporting integrated planning, deployment and monitoring of large engineering projects

    5.2. The main advantages and their measurement for project management

    5.2.1. Improved planning and budgeting

    5.2.2. Improved monitoring, cost and risk assessment

    5.2.3. Effective contingency management

    5.2.4. Higher flexibility and efficiency

    6. System software environment issues

    7. Some innovative features of the project management system

    8. The structure and relationships of the system components

    8.1. Network architecture and software components

    8.1.1. Approach and results

    8.1.2. Software design and development and deployment

    8.2. Business cases analysis, implementation and evaluation

    9. Conclusions




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    Travail, transparency and trust: A case study of computer-supported collaborative supply chain planning in high-tech electronics Original Research Article

    European Journal of Operational Research

    Describes a case study of supply chain collaboration facilitated by a decision support environment in a high-tech electronics supply chain with multiple independent companies. In a business process called collaborative planning, representatives from these companies jointly take decisions regarding production and shipments for a large part of their collective supply chain. Particular attention is given to the interactions between levels of partner trust and information transparency on the one hand, and resulting improvements in supply chain performance on the other. The importance of hard work in developing the work flows necessary to support this joint planning process in starting a virtuous cycle of steadily increasing levels of all these aspects of supply chain collaboration is stressed. A theoretical model of the interactions between these aspects is presented, based upon a review in the literature. This model is then explored in an analysis of the collaborative planning case. Contains suggestions for further research and managerial recommendations.

    Article Outline

    1. Introduction

    2. Literature review

    2.1. The importance of transparency for decision-making quality in SCM

    2.2. The importance of trust for openness of communication and hence transparency

    2.3. The importance of trust for absence of gaming and hence decision quality

    2.4. Interrelations between transparency and trust

    2.5. The importance of social exchange for transparency and trust

    3. Research model

    4. Research method

    4.1. Case studies for theory-building

4.2. Action research for validity and relevance

    4.3. Overcoming reliability limitations of action research

    5. Case description

    5.1. Collaboration in a high-tech electronics supply chain

    5.2. Phases in the implementation history

    5.3. The decision support system

    6. Case analysis: Interactions of travail, transparency and trust

    6.1. Data transparency alone is not enough

    6.2. Workshops are an effective means for ―travail‖, for getting virtuous cycles started

    6.3. Developing and feeding the DSS also is a form of travail, generating trust

    6.4. Collaboration needs to take place at multiple organisational levels

    7. Discussion

    7.1. Reflection: Trust and transparency are generated by hard work

    7.2. Limitations and follow-up opportunities

    7.3. Managerial implications

    8. Conclusions



Strategy, networks and systems in the global translation services market Original

    Research Article

    The Journal of Strategic Information Systems

    The globalisation of markets has led to an increased demand for language translation services that support and enable communication between economic partners. For example, technical documents, software systems, business documents and web sites all need to be translated into multiple languages for individual national markets, and the information that they contain changes periodically. This paper sets out a theoretical framework that describes the architectures of business processes within and between separate firms that are used to support the delivery and management of services. This is done by coordinating the fit between externally generated problem complexity, from customers, and the internally generated complexity of different potential network configuration solutions. The theoretical

    framework is an architecture of how complexity is generated and managed at the different structural levels and across the different processual stages of an industry. A case study of thebigword, a major international translation services company, illustrates how the framework is applied in practice. The case study analyses the implementation of an electronic market platform which enables the coordination of the different stakeholders involved in the translation services market. These stakeholders include translators, translation services companies and their clients in a global business network.

    Article Outline

    1. Introduction

    2. Background literature

    2.1. Using organisational architectures to manage organisational complexity

    2.2. Using architectures to manage complexity in markets, supply chains and inter-firm networks

    2.3. Using inter-organisational architectures to manage structural and processual complexity

    2.4. Sources and methods of managing complexity in markets and inter-firm networks

    3. Research method

    4. Case analysis: the architectures of the translation services market

    4.1. Research setting

    4.2. The translation services market

    4.3. The complexity of large-scale translation projects

    4.4. The challenge for the translation services industry

    4.5. The next stage of GMS design: thebigword‘s LanguageDirector?

    5. Discussion

    5.1. Dimensions of the architecture of the translation services market

    5.2. The role of a platform in a market‘s architecture

    5.3. Managing the architectural complexity of a market‘s structure using an information system

    6. Conclusions



    Outsourcing reverse logistics of high-tech manufacturing firms by using a systematic decision-making approach: TFT-LCD sector in Taiwan Original

    Research Article

    Industrial Marketing Management

    Reverse logistics are increasingly crucial for the supply chain strategy of global high-tech manufacturing firms. As reverse logistics operations are significantly more complex than traditional manufacturing supply chains, many high-tech manufacturers are examining the feasibility of outsourcing reverse logistics activities to third party logistics providers (3PLs) from a strategic planning perspective. Internal resources and capabilities are thus examined from a resource-based perspective to identify which reverse logistics service requirements could be fulfilled in-house or outsourced. Therefore, this work presents a systematic approach using the analytical network process (ANP) not only to investigate the relative importance of reverse logistics service requirements, but also to select an appropriate 3PL. Empirical results based on the case of the TFT-LCD sector in Taiwan indicate that information technology management is of priority concern in reverse logistics services. In addition to providing a valuable reference for manufacturers concerned with service requirements for outsourcing, results of this study significantly contribute to the efforts of 3PLs in evaluating whether they comply with potential customer requirements based on their service capabilities.

    Article Outline

    1. Introduction

    2. Reverse logistics

    3. Research design and theoretical framework

    3.1. Resourced-based theory

    3.2. Methodology: analytical network process

    4. Case study of the TFT-LCD sector in Taiwan

    5. Empirical analysis results

    5.1. Sensitivity analysis

    6. Conclusions and discussion

    6.1. Managerial implications

    6.2. Limitations and future research




A system dynamics modeling framework for the strategic supply chain

    management of food chains Original Research Article

    Journal of Food Engineering

    The need for holistic modeling efforts that capture the extended supply chain enterprise at a strategic level has been clearly recognized first by industry and recently by academia. Strategic decision-makers need comprehensive models to guide them in efficient decision-making that increases the profitability of the entire chain. The determination of optimal network configuration, inventory management policies, supply contracts, distribution strategies, supply chain integration, outsourcing and procurement strategies, product design, and information technology are prime examples of strategic decision-making that affect the long-term profitability of the entire supply chain. In this work, we adopt the system dynamics methodology as a modeling and analysis tool to tackle strategic issues for food supply chains. We present guidelines for the methodology and present its development for the strategic modeling of single and multi-echelon supply chains. Consequently, we analyze in depth a key issue of strategic supply chain management, that of long-term capacity planning. Specifically, we examine capacity planning policies for a food supply chain with transient flows due to market parameters/constraints. Finally, we demonstrate the applicability of the developed methodology on a multi-echelon network of a major Greek fast food chain.

    Article Outline

    1. Introduction

    2. Problem and model description

    2.1. System dynamics methodology

    2.2. Single-echelon model

    2.3. Multi-echelon supply chain model

    3. An illustrative real-world case study

    3.1. A fast-food supply chain

3.2. The simulation model

    3.3. Simulation results

    4. Summary/Conclusions

    Appendix A. Appendix


    Technology roadmapping in review: A tool for making sustainable new product development decisions Original Research Article

    Technological Forecasting and Social Change

    Typically, firms decide whether or not to develop a new product based on their resources, capabilities and the return on investment that the product is estimated to generate. We propose that firms adopt a broader heuristic for making new product development choices. Our heuristic approach requires moving beyond traditional finance-based thinking, and suggests that firms concentrate on technological trajectories by combining technology roadmapping, information technology (IT) and supply chain management to make more sustainable new product development decisions. Using the proposed holistic heuristic methods, versus relying on traditional finance-based decision-making tools (e.g., emphasizing net present value or internal rate of return projections), enables firms to plan beyond the short-term and immediate set of technologies at hand. Our proposed heuristic approach enables firms to forecast technologies and markets, and hence, new product priorities in the longer term. Investments in new products should, as a result, generate returns over a longer period than traditionally expected, giving firms more sustainable investments. New products are costly and need to have a durable presence in the market. Transaction costs and resources will be saved, as firms make new product development decisions less frequently.

    Article Outline

    1. Introduction

    2. Technology development and innovation theory: an overview

    3. New product development from the firm's perspective

    4. Why should firms use technology roadmaps to choose an innovation strategy?

    5. How do firms rationalize risk?

    6. The technology roadmapping framework: a technique to capture diverse information in technology evolution and new product development

    7. Making sustainable new product development choices

    8. Roadmapping across networks supercedes traditional supply chain coordination

    9. Information sharing enhances network agility

    10. Conclusion


    Furniture supply chain tactical planning optimization using a time decomposition approach Original Research Article

    European Journal of Operational Research

    We study the supply chain tactical planning problem of an integrated furniture company located in the Province of Québec, Canada. The paper presents a mathematical model for tactical planning of a subset of the supply chain. The decisions concern procurement, inventory, outsourcing and demand allocation policies. The goal is to define manufacturing and logistics policies that will allow the furniture company to have a competitive level of service at minimum cost. We consider planning horizon of 1 year and the time periods are based on weeks. We assume that customer‘s demand is known and dynamic over the

    planning horizon. Supply chain planning is formulated as a large mixed integer programming model. We developed a heuristic using a time decomposition approach in order to obtain good solutions within reasonable time limit for large size problems. Computational results of the heuristic are reported. We also present the quantitative and qualitative results of the application of the mathematical model to a real industrial case.

    Article Outline

    1. Introduction

    2. Problem description

    2.1. Business units of the furniture supply chain

    2.2. Tactical planning problem

    2.3. Sawing process

2.3.1. Drying process

    2.3.2. Transportation

    3. Mathematical formulation

    4. Solution methods

    4.1. Problem is NP-hard

    4.2. Algorithm for the one kiln and one product type problem

    4.3. Algorithm for the general case

    4.4. Numerical experiments

    5. Validation of the model on real industrial case

    6. Conclusion and future work


    Appendix. Appendix


    A comprehensive supply chain management project selection framework under fuzzy environment Original Research Article

    International Journal of Project Management

    Many companies make considerable efforts in implementing supply chain management (SCM) systems to increase their competitiveness. However, how to select an adequate SCM project remains a major concern. This study presents a comprehensive framework with three main phases to select an adequate SCM project that incorporates the strategies and operating routines of a supply chain, including strategic objective analysis phase, system analysis phase, and group decision-making phase. Fuzzy set theory is adopted to resolve the ambiguities involved in assessing SCM alternatives and aggregating the linguistic evaluations. The proposed framework can facilitate the complex SCM selection process and consolidate efforts to enhance group decision-making process. A real case demonstrates the effectiveness of applying the proposed framework.

    Article Outline

    1. Introduction

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