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Creating flex‐lean‐agile value chain by outsourcing: An ISM‐based interventional roadmap

Ilyas R. Mohammed (Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi & SABIC, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Ravi Shankar (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India)
D.K. Banwet (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India)

Business Process Management Journal

ISSN: 1463-7154

Article publication date: 6 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study the characteristics of flexible, agile and lean supply chains and establish, by factor analysis, that outsourcing can be a key intervention achieving the triple objective of flexibility, agility and leanness.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is a blend of theoretical framework and practical application and employs structural analysis to draw an interventional roadmap to facilitate value chain outsourcing.

Findings

The paper finds that by outsourcing activities processes, organizations can deliver better value to the customer.

Originality/value

The paper is of value in identifying the variables for effective value chain outsourcing.

Keywords

Citation

Mohammed, I.R., Shankar, R. and Banwet, D.K. (2008), "Creating flex‐lean‐agile value chain by outsourcing: An ISM‐based interventional roadmap", Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 338-389. https://doi.org/10.1108/14637150810876670

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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