Measuring agile capabilities in the supply chain

Measuring agile capabilities in the supply chain The current issue and full text archive of this journal is available at http://www.emerald-library.com/ft IJOPM Measuring agile capabilities in 21,1/2 the supply chain Remko I. van Hoek, Alan Harrison and Martin Christopher Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, UK Keywords Agility, Supply chain, Audit Abstract Agility is increasingly mentioned as one of the coming challenges to the international business world, given volatile markets and increasingly dynamic performance requirements. Existing literature, however, mainly presents agility as a general management or a strongly manufacturing biased concept, but does not explicitly relate the concept to the supply chain as a whole. Research also shows a bias towards the USA. This paper presents an attempt to establish an audit of agility in the supply chain. The audit is used in an empirical investigation of agile capabilities in Europe. Using existing streams of supply chain research as building blocks, a preliminary framework is introduced for creating an agile supply chain. Based on a survey of agile efforts in the UK and the Benelux the agile capabilities of companies are assessed and approaches to outscore the benchmark are suggested. Introduction Over the past decade literature has managed to communicate a number of lessons from business experience http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Operations & Production Management Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0144-3577
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10.1108/01443570110358495
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The current issue and full text archive of this journal is available at http://www.emerald-library.com/ft IJOPM Measuring agile capabilities in 21,1/2 the supply chain Remko I. van Hoek, Alan Harrison and Martin Christopher Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, UK Keywords Agility, Supply chain, Audit Abstract Agility is increasingly mentioned as one of the coming challenges to the international business world, given volatile markets and increasingly dynamic performance requirements. Existing literature, however, mainly presents agility as a general management or a strongly manufacturing biased concept, but does not explicitly relate the concept to the supply chain as a whole. Research also shows a bias towards the USA. This paper presents an attempt to establish an audit of agility in the supply chain. The audit is used in an empirical investigation of agile capabilities in Europe. Using existing streams of supply chain research as building blocks, a preliminary framework is introduced for creating an agile supply chain. Based on a survey of agile efforts in the UK and the Benelux the agile capabilities of companies are assessed and approaches to outscore the benchmark are suggested. Introduction Over the past decade literature has managed to communicate a number of lessons from business experience

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International Journal of Operations & Production ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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