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Publication date: 1 March 2006

Mary J. Meixell

The purpose of this paper is to develop an approach for quantifying the operational value of IT‐enabled reliability improvement in a supplier network.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop an approach for quantifying the operational value of IT‐enabled reliability improvement in a supplier network.

Design/methodology/approach

Specifically, the paper investigates an e‐procurement scenario involving emergency material purchases where web services provide for real‐time response, a dynamic supplier set, and the ability to perform cross‐enterprise purchase processes in an inter‐operable fashion. The paper proposes engineering reliability models for three network configurations as a basis for quantifying the value of web services, and develops a numerical illustration to both test its usefulness and to derive preliminary insights into supplier network design in this environment.

Findings

This research finds that a stand‐by model is descriptive of reliability in networks where suppliers are identified and managed using web services, and that this approach quantifies operational improvement in this type of e‐procurement system. The research also finds that the benefit derived from using web services for emergency purchases depends on the characteristics of the supply network itself, specifically the failure frequency of the existing suppliers and the time to restore operation after a failure occurs.

Originality/value

These findings are important to information system managers when assessing the financial and technical benefits of real‐time and dynamic information technologies, as well as supply chain managers seeking to implement a dynamically configured supply network. Future research directions include extensions of the reliability models, data acquisition for specifying their parameter values, and investigation into the usefulness of this approach in hardware decisions of web services applications in business.

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Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol. 106 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-5577

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Publication date: 2 March 2015

Mary J Meixell and Patrice Luoma

The purpose of this paper is to summarize and analyze what is known regarding the ways in which stakeholder pressure may influence supply chain sustainability. The authors…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to summarize and analyze what is known regarding the ways in which stakeholder pressure may influence supply chain sustainability. The authors extend this understanding to develop a number of research questions and propositions for future investigation on this topic.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors used a systematic review process to study the empirical evidence pertaining to how a stakeholder perspective helps to understand sustainability in the supply chain management domain.

Findings

The review has three main findings: stakeholder pressure on sustainability in supply chain management may result in sustainability awareness, adoption of sustainability goals, and/or implementation of sustainability practices; different types of stakeholders have dissimilar influence in the sustainable supply chain decision areas; different stakeholders appears to be more or less influential depending on whether the sustainability issue is environmental or social.

Originality/value

This synthesis contributes to the literature by developing insight into the processes by which stakeholder pressure influences SSCM decisions.

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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, vol. 45 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0960-0035

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Publication date: 1 July 2014

Mary J. Meixell, George N. Kenyon and Peter Westfall

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the performance implications associated with production outsourcing. Specifically, the paper analyzes the cost of goods sold…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the performance implications associated with production outsourcing. Specifically, the paper analyzes the cost of goods sold for firms who outsource core manufacturing processes, using empirical data from a variety of industries. The paper seeks to better understand the influence of outsourcing on factory cost by looking at these in the context of related strategies, such as supplier integration, information technology (IT) implementation, and manufacturing process decisions.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper draws on transaction cost economics, manufacturing strategy, and supply chain management literature to aid in predicting the performance to be expected when outsourcing production activities. Furthermore, the paper investigates the moderating effects of manufacturing strategies, supplier integration, and IT expenditures on outsourcing. The primary model is a two-way panel model for the cross-sectional and longitudinal data drawn from the MPI Census of Manufacturers Survey of US manufacturing plants.

Findings

The analysis indicates that production outsourcing tends to shift costs among cost of goods sold (COGS) categories, but does not consistently reduce them as measured by overall COGS. The effects of production outsourcing on both the cost of labor and the cost of materials are strong, tending to decrease labor, and increase materials. Additionally, this study shows that a high level of supplier integration has a notable moderating influence on overall COGS, but that process strategies do not. Finally, this analysis indicates that IT expenditures were not influential as a moderator variable when outsourcing, but did have a marked influence on overall COGS, as well as on labor and materials costs.

Originality/value

This research investigates the effects of outsourcing on the components of COGS, a level of analysis that is typically not looked at relative to outsourcing. This research also provides methodological contributions with the development of a nested random effects structural model for use with a secondary data source.

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Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, vol. 25 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1741-038X

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Publication date: 15 August 2008

Mary J. Meixell and Mario Norbis

The purpose of this paper is to categorize transportation choice research (mode choice and carrier selection) leading to insight on themes in the literature and directions…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to categorize transportation choice research (mode choice and carrier selection) leading to insight on themes in the literature and directions for future research

Design/methodology/approach

The proposed transportation choice research categorization framework is based on a comprehensive literature review of the peer‐reviewed journal papers published over the past 20 years, supplemented with a review of practitioner articles to identify current challenges in the logistics field. The academic papers are analyzed in terms of research purpose/question, methodology, findings, and challenges addressed.

Findings

The review reveals that several important themes are under‐represented in the transportation choice literature: environmental and energy use concerns; security in the supply chain; supply chain integration; international growth; and the role of the internet and emerging information technologies. This review also found that simulation, case study, and interview methodologies are under‐represented, and that normative modeling research is only lightly represented in this research.

Originality/value

The contributions of this research are three‐fold: the development of a classification scheme for transportation choice research, a structured review that provides a guide to earlier research on the subject of transportation choice, and the identification of research issues for future investigation.

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The International Journal of Logistics Management, vol. 19 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-4093

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Publication date: 20 March 2007

Thomas Kelepouris, Katerina Pramatari and Georgios Doukidis

This paper aims to study the main requirements of traceability and examine how the technology of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology can address these…

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Purpose

This paper aims to study the main requirements of traceability and examine how the technology of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology can address these requirements. It further seeks to outline both an information data model and a system architecture that will make traceability feasible and easily deployable across a supply chain.

Design/methodology/approach

The design research approach is followed, associating traceability requirements to a proposed system design.

Findings

The technological approach used has great implications in relation to the cost associated with a traceability system and the ease of its deployment.

Research limitations/implications

Validation of the proposed information data model and system architecture is required through practical deployment in different settings.

Practical implications

The paper provides practitioners with insight on how RFID technology can meet traceability requirements and what technological approach is more appropriate.

Originality/value

Food quality has become an important issue in the last decade. However, achieving end‐to‐end traceability across the supply chain is currently quite a challenge from a technical, a co‐ordination and a cost perspective. The paper contributes by suggesting a specific technological approach, exploiting the new possibilities provided by RFID technology, to address these issues.

Details

Industrial Management & Data Systems, vol. 107 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-5577

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