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Longitudinal assessment of an integrated industrial supply chain

Dean Elmuti (Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, USA)
William Minnis (Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, USA)
Michael Abebe (Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, USA)

Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 1359-8546

Article publication date: 14 March 2008

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this article is to investigate the impact of integrated supply chain management on productivity, efficiency, and performance of participants in the system, in an industrial setting in the USA.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses longitudinal and experiment field study. Actual organizational data from the survey firm was used. Follow‐up interviews were conduced with key managers in the manufacturing facility.

Findings

The results show positive and substantial improvements in overall performance as a result of integration and coordination of the internal functions within the firm and effectively linking them with their external suppliers. The results also support the claims that an integrated supply chain involves aligning outsourcing activities to achieve the organizational goal of responding positively to the needs of consumers. Several factors were identified as key contributors to supply chain program success in this firm. These included sharing information through new technologies, established partnerships with key suppliers, and constant communication with employees.

Research limitations/implications

Organizations must realize that integration and coordination in each stage of the supply chain design, planning and operation result in considerable impact on the complete chain. Firms should realize that it takes commitment and skill to implement an integrated supply chain program and reap its benefits. Managers interested in applying an integrated supply chain management system would benefit from this study.

Originality/value

This exploratory empirical study provides insight into the effectiveness of implementing an integrated supply chain management approach for increasing the probability of success in the supply chain management approach and identifies areas that need further investigation.

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Citation

Elmuti, D., Minnis, W. and Abebe, M. (2008), "Longitudinal assessment of an integrated industrial supply chain", Supply Chain Management, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 151-159. https://doi.org/10.1108/13598540810860985

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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