Managing supply in the firm of the future

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Cox, A., & Lamming, R. (1997). Managing supply in the firm of the future European Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, 3 (2), 53-62 DOI: 10.1016/S0969-7012(97)00002-6

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"“The so-called ‘chains’ often contain looped relationships...lateral links...dependencies...and other non-linear facets which deny the convenience of thinking in simple terms.”"

A great point and one that we all need to remember. Very rarely is the supply chain an actual straight line. There are so many moving parts that need to be accounted for, and many of them might not actually be connected to each, but feed into the whole.

One could also argue to include competitors and their supply chains into a sc-analysis. One should find common elements on the supply- as well as the demand-side there as well.

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