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The evolution towards an integrated steel supply chain: A case study from the UK.

Potter, Andrew Thomas, Mason, Robert John, Naim, Mohamed Mohamed and lawlani, Chunnilal Sunderdas 2004. The evolution towards an integrated steel supply chain: A case study from the UK. International Journal of Production Economics 89 (2) , pp. 207-216. 10.1016/S0925-5273(02)00449-8

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Abstract

Many academics have studied the steel industry with the aim of implementing improvements in the sector. Although these provide snapshots of the structure of the supply chain, the evolution that has occurred is less well understood. This paper studies, primarily using process mapping techniques, the evolution of a case study steel supply chain within the UK over the past decade, drawing both on previous work and current research. The changes that have occurred are identified and categorised and their impact on inventory, lead times and asset utilisation will be assessed. It has been proposed that supply chains evolve from a traditional (uncoordinated, disparate, sub-optimal) to an integrated supply chain structure. The paper concludes that although the steel supply chain has evolved between 1990 and 2001 towards an integrated structure, there are currently constraints imposed by organisational boundaries.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Supply chain evolution ; Integration ; Steel industry
ISSN: 0925-5273
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:48
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/2882

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