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Supply network strategy: Role and competence requirements

C.M. Harland (University of Bath, Bath, UK)
L.A. Knight (University of Bath, Bath, UK)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Article publication date: 1 April 2001



This paper presents an argument that it is possible for an organisation to manage networks, but understanding this involves consideration of what is meant by “managing”. Based on prior research and data from a major longitudinal action research study in the health sector, the paper describes six network management roles: network structuring agent; co‐ordinator; advisor; information broker; relationship broker; innovation sponsor. The necessary “assets” for effective performance of these roles are identified, in particular those relating to team competence. The findings enrich and significantly develop previous work on network management roles and activities, and their influencing factors. It is concluded that, given the specific nature of the networks studied, further research is required to evaluate the generalisability of the findings, though initial indications are promising.



Harland, C.M. and Knight, L.A. (2001), "Supply network strategy: Role and competence requirements", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 476-489.




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