Centre for Process Excellence and Innovation

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management is a core research for CPEI faculty. The following areas are key themes:

Supply Chain Strategy, Outsourcing and Global Sourcing

Firms look to their supply chains not just for cost reduction but also value creation. Achieving fit between supply chain design, and the internal and external demands it faces, is critical.

Donaghey, J., Reinecke, J., Niforou, C. and Lawson, B. (2014) "From employment relations to consumption relations: balancing labor governance in global supply chains." Human Resource Management (forthcoming)

Holweg, M. and Pil, F.K. (2008) "Theoretical perspectives on the coordination of supply chains." Journal of Operations Management, 26(3): 389-406

Cousins, P., Lamming, R., Lawson, B. and Squire, B. (2008) Strategic supply management: principles, theories and practice. London: Pearson Education.

Pil, F.K. and Holweg, M. (2006) "Evolving from value chain to value grid." MIT Sloan Management Review, 47(4): 72-80

Key strategic choices in supply chain management involve what to make and what to buy in (outsourcing), and secondly, where to buy product from (global sourcing).

Holweg, M. and Pil, F.K. (2012) "Outsourcing complex business processes: lessons from an enterprise partnership." California Management Review, 54(3): 98-115

Holweg, M., Reichhart, A. and Hong, E. (2011) "On risk and cost in global sourcing." International Journal of Production Economics, 131(1): 333-341

Supplier Relations

Building and maintaining a portfolio of appropriate supplier relationships to support performance is difficult for most firms. A range of CPEI research examines the challenges and benefits of collaborative supplier relations.

Holweg M., Disney, S., Holmström, J., and Småros, J. (2005) "Supply chain collaboration: making sense of the strategy continuum." European Management Journal, 23(2): 170-181

Cousins, P.D., Handfield, R.B., Lawson, B. and Petersen, K.J. (2006) "Creating supply chain relational capital: the impact of formal and informal socialization processes." Journal of Operations Management, 24(6): 851-863 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jom.2005.08.007)

Lawson, B., Tyler, B.B and Cousins, P.D. (2008) "Antecedents and consequences of social capital on buyer performance improvement." Journal of Operations Management, 26(3): 446-460 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jom.2007.10.001)

Carey, S., Lawson, B. and Krause, D.R. (2011) "Social capital configuration, legal bonds and performance in buyer-supplier relationships." Journal of Operations Management, 29(4): 277-288 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jom.2010.08.003)

Stevens, M. (2012) "Renault-Nissan alliance: not just a handshake." In: Cunningham, J. and Harney, B. (eds.) Strategy and strategists: legacies, dilemmas and trajectories. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.660-670

Stevens, M., Pil, F.K. and Holweg, M. "High performance supplier relations: the role of trust." Working Paper.

Supply Chain Volatility

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