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Publication date: 1 April 1991

Fiona S. Jessop

Describes a case study at Australian Paper Manufacturers (APM),where several changes in systems and practices led to efficiencyimprovements. The problem faced was the need…

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Describes a case study at Australian Paper Manufacturers (APM), where several changes in systems and practices led to efficiency improvements. The problem faced was the need for improved systems of recording stock whereabouts, assembling outgoing loads, and disassembling incoming loads. The option chosen to improve the stock management system at APM′s Northgate distribution centre was bin management, which allowed physical segregation and labelling of loads. Describes the APM experience in detail, and includes diagrams and figures explaining both the physical layout of the distribution centre, and the system approach used.

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Logistics Information Management, vol. 4 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6053

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Publication date: 14 October 2022

Petra Nordqvist and Leah Gilman

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Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80043-564-3

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Publication date: 4 July 2013

Stella Coram and Chris Hallinan

Purpose – We share experiences from the research process that expose the shortcomings and flaws of the different research production review mechanisms…

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Purpose – We share experiences from the research process that expose the shortcomings and flaws of the different research production review mechanisms. Our aim is to highlight the resistance and paternalistic misunderstandings that characterise some processes when considering indigenous ‘subjects’.

Design/methodology/approach – This chapter draws upon examples from primary source material as the basis for analysis and discussion. These examples are drawn from academic reports, correspondence to authors and media accounts. The critical approach is influenced by the theoretical works that address the influence and infiltration of ‘commonsense’ understandings, and the resistance to alternative academic inquiry and interpretation of indigenous sports participation issues in Australia.

Findings – The structure, resources and mechanisms available to the dominant alliance of dominant groups serve to curtail and suppress alternative research efforts.

Research limitations/implications – The available examples are not drawn from the broad field. Indeed, they are limited to those available via research circles of colleagues. Any conclusions should be considered within the notion of context specific rather than any broad generalisation.

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Native Games: Indigenous Peoples and Sports in the Post-Colonial World
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78190-592-0

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Applied Ethics in the Fractured State
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78769-600-6

Article
Publication date: 21 June 2011

Yan Ki Fiona Cheung and Steve Rowlinson

The purpose of this paper is to examine, by means of case studies, the mechanisms by which relationships can be managed and by which communication and cooperation can be…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine, by means of case studies, the mechanisms by which relationships can be managed and by which communication and cooperation can be enhanced in sustainable supply chains. The research was predicated on the contention that the development of a sustainable supply chain depends, in part, on the transfer of knowledge and capabilities from the larger players in the supply chain.

Design/methodology/approach

The research adopted a triangulated approach in which quantitative data were collected by questionnaire, interviews were conducted to explore and enrich the quantitative data and case studies were undertaken in order to illustrate and validate the findings. Handy's view of organisational culture, Allen and Meyer's concepts of organisational commitment and Van de Ven and Ferry's measures of organisational structuring have been combined into a model to test and explain how collaborative mechanisms can affect supply chain sustainability.

Findings

It has been shown that the degree of match and mismatch between organisational culture and structure has an impact on staff's commitment level. A sustainable supply chain depends on convergence – that is the match between organisational structuring, organisation culture and organisation commitment.

Research limitations/implications

The study is a proof of concept and three case studies have been used to illustrate the nature of the model developed. Further testing and refinement of the model in practice should be the next step in this research.

Practical implications

The concept of relationship management needs to filter down to all levels in the supply chain if participants are to retain commitment and buy‐in to the relationship. A sustainable supply chain requires proactive relationship management and the development of an appropriate organisational culture, and trust. By legitimising individuals' expectations of the type of culture which is appropriate to their company and empowering employees to address mismatches that may occur, a situation can be created whereby the collaborating organisations develop their competences symbiotically and so facilitate a sustainable supply chain.

Originality/value

The culture/commitment/structure model developed from three separate strands of management thought has proved to be a powerful tool for analysing collaboration in supply chains and explaining how and why some supply chains are sustainable, and others are not.

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International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, vol. 4 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1753-8378

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