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Supply Chain Flexibility: An Empirical Study

Supply Chain Flexibility: An Empirical Study SUMMARY This article examines dimensions of supply chain flexibility and their relationships with environmental uncertainty, business performance, and functional interfaces. The findings indicate that volume flexibility and launch flexibility are key responses to marketing practices uncertainty and product uncertainty, respectively, in the highly cyclical furniture industry. Volume flexibility is also positively related to all measures of overall firm performance and highly related to market share and market share growth. Overall, excellent performers on supply chain flexibility are rewarded at the bottomline. However, performance with respect to volume, launch, and target market flexibilities has the widest ranging impact on financial and market performance. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Supply Chain Management Wiley

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
1523-2409
eISSN
1745-493X
DOI
10.1111/j.1745-493X.1999.tb00058.x
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Abstract

SUMMARY This article examines dimensions of supply chain flexibility and their relationships with environmental uncertainty, business performance, and functional interfaces. The findings indicate that volume flexibility and launch flexibility are key responses to marketing practices uncertainty and product uncertainty, respectively, in the highly cyclical furniture industry. Volume flexibility is also positively related to all measures of overall firm performance and highly related to market share and market share growth. Overall, excellent performers on supply chain flexibility are rewarded at the bottomline. However, performance with respect to volume, launch, and target market flexibilities has the widest ranging impact on financial and market performance.

Journal

Journal of Supply Chain ManagementWiley

Published: Jun 1, 1999

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