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The supply chain strategy conundrum: To be lean or agile or to be lean and agile

Disney, Stephen Michael and Christopher, Martin 2003. The supply chain strategy conundrum: To be lean or agile or to be lean and agile. Supply Chain Practice 5 (3) , pp. 30-45.

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This paper reports on research conducted by the authors, and others, on how appropriate supply chain strategies can be developed which are contingent upon market characteristics and which seek to achieve simultaneously higher levels of customer responsiveness yet at less total cost to the supply chain as a whole. Lean and agile principles are then juxtaposed according to the requisite business strategy via a time-space matrix. This determines whether the lean-agile principles are separated by time, by space or by both space and time. A number of case studies are presented highlighting ways in which hybrid lean/agile supply chains can be created.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Publisher: Cranfield School of Management
ISSN: 1466-0091
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2020 02:33

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