Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Factors affecting global supply chain design
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.). Högskolan i Gävle, Sweden.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).
2012 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Due to the limited existing knowledge pertaining to the factors which govern localization of operations and capabilities in a global supply chain, the purpose of the paper is to find out which factors and how they jointly affect the design of global supply chains. The relevant literature is reviewed and a concept matrix is developed. Five companies were selected in order to illustrate the issues of global supply chain design. Among them, three companies are considered to have efficient supply chain and less complex products, while the two others are considered to have responsive supply chain and more complex products. The issues discussed with the selected companies cover global sourcing, challenges, technological advancement and issues related to management control. The study identifies about fifty factors that affect global supply chain design, and specifically how theses relate to design decisions on location of factories and production, supplier selection and development, distribution of products and organisation of interfaces along the supply chain. The discrepancies between theory and practice as well as the implications for further research are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
Keyword [en]
Global sourcing, global supply chain design, factors
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-168202OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-168202DiVA: diva2:814698
Conference
21st Annual IPSERA conference, Naples, Italy, 1-4 April 2012
Note

QC 20150528

Available from: 2015-05-28 Created: 2015-05-28 Last updated: 2015-05-28Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Global Supply Chain Design: Exploring configurational and coordination factors
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Global Supply Chain Design: Exploring configurational and coordination factors
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis addresses the topic of global supply chain design. One major challenge concerns how to manage the tension between separation and integration pertaining to the localization of business activities. In this regard Ferdows (2008) worked to create two new production network models (rooted production network and footloose production network). Earlier studies have highlighted the choices that are involved in the network of facilities but lack in providing a comprehensive picture in terms of both configurational and coordination factors that govern the design of global supply chain. There is a need for a conceptual model where factors affecting the design process of a global supply chain can be applied. Two main research questions have been addressed in this study. First, exploring and identifying the factors affecting global supply chain design. Second, investigating the factors that influence the position on the spectrum of rooted and footloose supply chain design.      

A literature review analysis and multi-case studies have been performed for this study in order to explore the factors. The companies were selected in order to reflect upon the two types of network, i.e., rooted and footloose. The primary data were selected through interviews with the managers.

This study highlighted that there are many factors that affect configurational and coordination decision areas within a global supply chain. This study categorized the factors and the configurational/coordination decision areas with two main competitive priorities, i.e., cost and differentiation in the form of a “conceptual model.” The study also highlighted the factors in a matrix, which showed their position on the spectrum of rooted and footloose network configurations. For instance, the coordination factors that drive towards a footloose network include: high orchestration capabilities, need access to new technology and knowledge, proximity to suppliers, etc. The configurational factors that drive towards a rooted network include: economic stability, proximity to market, concerns for sustainability issues, high transportation cost, need for high proximity between key functions, need for intellectual property rights protection, etc.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. viii, 54 p.
Series
TRITA-IEO, ISSN 1100-7982 ; R 2015:05
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Industrial Engineering and Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-166834 (URN)978-91-7595-575-9 (ISBN)
Presentation
2015-06-17, Auditorium Albert Danielsson, Sal 643, Lindstedtsvägen 30, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Note

QC 20150528

Available from: 2015-05-28 Created: 2015-05-19 Last updated: 2015-05-28Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Abid, MuhammadDabhilkar, Mandar
By organisation
Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.)
Other Mechanical Engineering

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 3437 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf