The Five Dimensions Of Supply Chain Management

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Market globalization during the 1990s triggered fiercer competitions between different organizations, which then challenged the ability of organizations to successfully get a product at the right place, time and cost. The realization that competition does not only exist between organizations but also between their whole supply chain became a necessity in order for organizations to stay competitive as well as to enhance their profits. Managing an organization’s supply chain involves the integration of the material and information flow across the whole supply chain. Although this realization increased the focus of organizations in managing their supply chain, it is observed after performing a literature review that existing literatures lacked…show more content…
Different literatures were considered and each had their own set of supply chain management practices, but all of these literatures shared a common goal which is to improve the organization’s performance. After reviewing and consolidating the different literatures, the authors were able to form the five (5) dimensions of supply chain management practices that covers the supply chain information flow, internal supply chain processes, and both the upstream and downstream perspectives of supply chain. These five dimensions are as follows: strategic supplier partnership, customer relationship, level of information sharing, quality of information sharing, and postponement. For both competitive advantage and organizational performance, existing literatures also provided information regarding their dimensions. For competitive advantage, the dimensions are price (Zhang, 2001), quality, delivery dependability, product innovation, and time to market (Koufteros et al, 1997). While for organizational performance, the dimensions that many past studies used are market and financial performance. The hypothesis for this framework is that supply chain management practices impacts organizational performance directly and also indirectly through competitive…show more content…
Aside from branding, the strategies used to increase supply chain collaboration that reduces wastes and improves efficiency, such as lean thinking, is viewed as means to differentiate themselves from cheap meat suppliers. The company of beef supplier being reviewed, Pioneer, was able to differentiate itself from its competitors through branding and lean thinking as some of its means, enabling its current clients, most of which are restaurants, and caterers, to also make use of their success to also differentiate themselves from their competitors. Not only did the clients benefit from it, but also the farmers from which it gets its animal

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