Supply Chain Innovation for Competing in Highly Dynamic Markets: Challenges and Solutions

Supply Chain Innovation for Competing in Highly Dynamic Markets: Challenges and Solutions

Pietro Evangelista (IRAT-CNR and University of Naples Federico II, Italy), Alan McKinnon (Heriot-Watt University, UK), Edward Sweeney (Dublin Institue of Technology, Ireland) and Emilio Esposito (University of Naples Fedeico II, Italy)
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Release Date: October, 2011|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 350
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-585-8
ISBN13: 9781609605858|ISBN10: 1609605853|EISBN13: 9781609605865
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Description:

Rapid changes in technological development are forcing businesses to continuously innovate to improve their competitiveness, which is particularly evident in logistics and supply chain management (SCM), where innovation impacts both the strategic and operational levels.

Supply Chain Innovation for Competing in Highly Dynamic Markets: Challenges and Solutions investigates the role of innovation in the management of supply chains of today. This book focuses on supply chain integration from both strategic and operational perspectives and the impact of information technology-related innovation in supply chain and logistics service industries. It also analyzes how environmental innovation affects logistical decisions throughout the supply chain and the strategies employed in managing logistics-related environmental impacts. Finally, the book explores theoretical and practical implications of innovation in the management of supply systems.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Environmental Innovation
  • Innovation for a Competitive Advantage
  • Management of Supply Systems
  • Managing Logistics
  • Operational Innovation
  • Practical Implications of Innovation
  • Strategic Innovation Integration
  • Supply Chain Innovation
  • Supply Chain Integration
  • Theoretical Implications of Innovation
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The word innovation"is about identifying new and better ways of doing things in all aspects of an organisation's activity. This book identifies some of the key challenges and solutions when it comes to applying innovative approaches across the supply chain. In particular, it focuses on the barriers to success, as well as on the critical success factors, in identifying the key challenges and implementing appropriate solutions aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of supply chains."

– Dr Pietro Evangelista, IRAT-CNR and University of Naples Federico II, Professor Alan McKinnon, Heriot-Watt University, UK; Dr. Edward Sweeney, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland; and Professor Emilio Esposito, University of Naples Feder
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Pietro Evangelista is senior researcher in logistics and supply chain management at the Institute for Service Industry Research (IRAT) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). He carried out extensive research on economics and management issues associated with maritime logistics and logistics service industry. This is reflected in more than 100 articles published in national and international journals as well as chapters in books and papers in conference proceedings. His current scientific interest is focused on supply chain innovation with particular reference to the diffusion of ICT in the logistics service industry. On this topic he awarded a PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management by Heriot-Watt University (UK). He won the James Cooper Memorial Cup 2010 for the best PhD logistics dissertation by the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Pietro is lecturer in Business Economics and Management at the Department of Managerial Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II. He is member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Business and Systems Research and acts as peer reviewer for other leading international logistics and supply chain management journals. Pietro assists the EU Commission as an independent expert in evaluating transport and logistics projects for different programmes such as FP7, TEN-T and Marco Polo.
Alan McKinnon is Director of the Logistics Research Centre, which he set up in 1997. He has masters degrees from the universities of Aberdeen, British Columbia and a PhD from the University of London. He has been researching and teaching in freight transport and logistics for 30 years and is a frequent contributor to academic and business conferences on logistics around the world. In 2003 he received the Sir Robert Lawrence Award, the highest distinction of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport for making a ‘major contribution to transport and logistics over a sustained period’. Alan has been an adviser to several UK government departments, UK and Scottish parliamentary committees, the European Commission, the International Transport Forum, the International Energy Agency and OECD. In 2010, he was appointed Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Logistics and Supply Chain Industry Council. He is a visiting professor at universities in Sweden, Malaysia and China.
Edward Sweeney is Director of Learning at the National Institute for Transport and Logistics (NITL), based at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). At NITL, he is responsible for the development and implementation of the integrated supply chain management (SCM) development programmes and carries out research and consultancy work on behalf of NITL client companies. Edward has held full-time academic posts at the University of Warwick (UK) and the University of Technology, Malaysia (UTM), as well as visiting positions in several Asian universities and institutes. He is an engineer by background and has worked and lectured in over 30 countries in Europe, North America and Asia. He is an experienced researcher with over 150 publications including books and book chapters, papers in international peer-reviewed academic journals, practitioner journal articles and conference papers. Edward’s most recent book, Supply Chain Management and Logistics in a Volatile Global Environment, was published in 2009. The focus of his current work is on resilience and sustainability in global supply chains, with particular reference to the divergence between theory and practice.
Emilio Esposito is the chairman of the Management Engineering Degree Council and full professor of Business Economics and Organization at Faculty of Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II. He graduated in Aerospace Engineering and he was awarded a Ph.D. in Industrial Technology from the University of Naples Federico II. He is Head of the Aerospace Department of Odisseo (Centre for Organization and Technological Innovation of the University of Naples Federico II) and President of the association Campania Star-up (Association for entrepreneurship culture development). His research interests includes quality and technology management, technology and product evaluation in the aerospace industry, technological relationships between customer-supplier relationships, industrial organization in high tech industries (Aerospace and ICT), production organization in the aerospace industry, impact of ICT on the supply chain, e-government and e-procurement. He is author of more then 100 books and articles published in several national and international journals.
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