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Do not lean too far - evidence from the first decade

Towill, Denis Royston and Christopher, Martin 2007. Do not lean too far - evidence from the first decade. International Journal of Agile Systems and Management 2 (4) , pp. 406-424. 10.1504/IJASM.2007.015840

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Recent years have seen an increasing focus, both in business and academia, on the totality of supply chains. There is a recognition that supply chain management can have a significant impact on both costs and revenues and that there is a direct correlation between the way that supply chains are designed and shareholder value. Our paper explores one of the major themes that has attracted considerable discussion over the last decade. This is the debate on the appropriateness of the so-called 'lean' and 'agile' paradigms in different business and market environments. It concludes that for most companies, the requirement is for the design and management of multiple pipelines to reflect the diversity of the markets that they serve.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agile response; de-coupling point; lean production; minimum reasonable inventory; MRI; supply chain management; SCM; agile systems
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
ISSN: 1741-9174
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 23:07

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