Environmental change and supply chain management: a multi‐case study exploration of the impact of Y2000

Frank Dewhurst (Frank Dewhurst is a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods and Operational Research at Manchester School of Management, UMIST, Manchester, UK. Nigel Arkle is in the Supply Branch of the Royal Air Force, UK.)
Martin Spring (Martin Spring is a Lecturer in Supply Chain Management, both at Manchester School of Management, UMIST, Manchester, UK.)
Nigel Arkle (Nigel Arkle is in the Supply Branch of the Royal Air Force, UK.)

Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 1359-8546

Publication date: 1 December 2000

Abstract

As businesses worked towards Y2000 compliancy and checked their sources of supply, the mechanisms and nature of relationships in the supply chain were exposed. A multi‐case study methodology of four UK‐based SMEs and one large multinational company was undertaken to exploit this time‐window. Although the Y2000 problem was to some extent unique, it is only one of many potential environmental changes that organisations, particularly businesses, have to respond to in the rapidly changing future. Thus any lessons that can be learned from studying this event could provide useful information for future significant environmental changes; changes to trading and market environments; changes to employment law. Whilst the terms “supply chain” and “supply chain management” are universally adopted, their meaning and actual application is less certain. This paper explores the limited but diverse multidisciplinary literature and the “theory/practice” gap in the area of supply chain management and the impact on the supply chain of preparing for the Year 2000.

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Dewhurst, F., Spring, M. and Arkle, N. (2000), "Environmental change and supply chain management: a multi‐case study exploration of the impact of Y2000", Supply Chain Management, Vol. 5 No. 5, pp. 245-261. https://doi.org/10.1108/13598540010350510

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