Structuring and Managing Supply Network: A Review of Current Literature and Conceptual Framework

Structuring and Managing Supply Network: A Review of Current Literature and Conceptual Framework

Zheng Liu (Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9639-6.ch019
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Abstract

The concept of supply network has extended supply chain across national borders towards globalization. The aim of this chapter is to provide researchers, business practitioners and university students a picture of the architecture of supply networks. By analyzing two main trends of studies in the field of supply network management, components of supply network are classified into structural and infrastructural factors. Also a comparison is made to identify the difference between supply network and traditionally factory-based manufacturing system. Based on the literature review, a conceptual framework is further proposed which describes the supply network from four essential perspectives: Role/function, Relationship/alliance, Configuration/reconfiguration, and Risk and crisis management. After presenting detailed models and decision making areas of each perspective, suggestions are given on some emerging topics.
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Literature Review

SN is defined as ‘a network of connected and interdependent organisations mutually and co-operatively working together to control, manage, and improve the flow of materials and information from suppliers to end users’ (Christopher, 2005). There are two trends of analysis methods of how to describe the architecture of SN. The first trend is to identify the structural and infrastructural components of SN, whereas the second is a dynamic approach to map the growth path of manufacturing system from the factory level to the network level.

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