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Examining supply chain networks using V‐A‐T material flow analysis

Archie Lockamy III (School of Business, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, USA)

Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 1359-8546

Article publication date: 8 August 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of V‐A‐T analysis in the management of supply chain networks.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper provides a conceptual overview of V‐A‐T analysis as a procedure for categorizing manufacturing facilities, and explores the use of V‐A‐T analysis as a technique for the management of supply chain networks.

Findings

There are several challenges to the effective management of supply chain networks. However, organizations can overcome these challenges by understanding the nature of network control points as revealed through the application of V‐A‐T analysis on their supply chains.

Research limitations/implications

The paper is conceptual in nature and must be validated through empirical research studies.

Practical Implications

The concepts presented can be used by supply chain professionals to increase the likelihood of effective supply chain management within their organizations, and by supply chain researchers to further explore the use of V‐A‐T analysis as a tool for examining supply chain networks.

Originality/value

The paper makes a start in filling a void in the literature concerning how V‐A‐T analysis can be used as a tool to facilitate improved supply chain management.

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Citation

Lockamy, A. (2008), "Examining supply chain networks using V‐A‐T material flow analysis", Supply Chain Management, Vol. 13 No. 5, pp. 343-348. https://doi.org/10.1108/13598540810894924

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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