An Application of Soft Systems Methodology to Supply Chain Management: Integration with the SCOR Model
Ross Smith (Deakin University, Australia), David Mackay (Deakin University, Australia), Graeme Altmann (Deakin University, Australia) and Lucas Merlo (Deakin University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2007
This chapter reflects upon techniques that might facilitate improved strategic decision making in a supply chain management (SCM) environment. In particular, it presents the integration of a selection of techniques adapted from an approach to systems-based problem solving that has emerged primarily in the UK over the last 20-30 years—the soft systems methodology (SSM). The results reported indicate that SSM techniques can complement existing SCM decision-making tools. In particular, this chapter outlines a framework for integrating some SSM techniques with approaches based upon the supply-chain operations reference-model (SCOR) .