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Business models and closed-loop supply chains: An analysis of the automotive industry

Wells, Peter Erskine and Seitz, Margarete Anna 2004. Business models and closed-loop supply chains: An analysis of the automotive industry. Presented at: POM 2004: 2nd World POM Conference and the 15th Annual POM Conference, Cancun, Mexico, 30 April – 3 May 2004. Published in: Gupta, Sushil ed. POM 2004: Proceedings of the 2nd World POM Conference and the 15th Annual POM Conference, Cancun, Mexico April 30 – May 3, 2004. European Operations Management Association; Production and Operations Management Society; Japanese Society for Production Management, 002-0043.

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Abstract

Reverse logistics and remanufacturing are established concepts. Social, environmental and economic forces combine to make both concepts of growing importance. However, it cannot be assumed that either reverse logistics or remanufacturing can be added to business structures. In the automotive industry reverse logistics and remanufacturing are marginal and are undertaken for reasons other than profitability or sustainability. This is because industry structure and business models focus on the mainstream activity of manufacturing and selling new cars.This paper presents the contention that reverse logistics and remanufacturing cannot be considered in isolation from the original manufacturing and supply business. Successful reverse logistics and remanufacturing may require a restructuring of the mainstream production business, and the introduction of different business models. The paper provides a theoretical account of possible structures in the automotive industry, along with the accompanying business models, and seeks to demonstrate the impact upon reverse logistics and remanufacturing strategy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Closed-Loop Supply Chain; Automotive Industry; Business Models
Publisher: European Operations Management Association; Production and Operations Management Society; Japanese Society for Production Management
ISSN: 1548-4882
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:39
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/42193

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