The Future of Supply Chain Management: Shifting from Logistics Driven to a Customer Driven Model

The Future of Supply Chain Management: Shifting from Logistics Driven to a Customer Driven Model

Ketan Vanjara (Microsoft, India)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-611-2.ch004
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Abstract

This chapter initiates the concept of a customer-centric model in supply chain systems. It discusses various constraints of present-day supply chain systems resulting from their roots being in logistics management and suggests an alternative next-level paradigm of a customer-centric matrix model. This chapter further demonstrates how this model would add value to the customer by taking the example of a healthcare information management system. The chapter also delves into the limitations of and anticipated issues and challenges in implementing the suggested model. Finally, the chapter hints at some broad directions for future research and action in the field. Emergent behavior is what happens when an interconnected system of relatively simple elements begins to self-organize to form a more intelligent and more adaptive higher-level system (Johnson, 2001).

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