How should you stabilise your supply chains?

Hill, Alex, Doran, Desmond and Stratton, Roy (2012) How should you stabilise your supply chains? International Journal of Production Economics, 135 (2). pp. 870-881. ISSN 0925-5273

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Abstract

This case based research paper examines the stabilisation strategies used within seven supply chains and presents a framework to help practitioners stabilise their chains. The findings show that organisations should first select a cushioning strategy and then reduce demand uncertainty to lower the level of cushion held. However, they need to recognise that other organisations within the supply chain are making similar decisions and the whole supply chain needs to be stabilised. Despite this, businesses seem to only share information about their demand uncertainty-reducing mechanisms and not their cushioning strategies. This means that companies often make decisions in isolation of each other, which can then destabilise the chain.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Stabilising strategy; Cushioning strategy; Supply chains; Operations strategy
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Depositing User: Desmond Doran
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2012 09:28
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2012 09:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40577
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