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Levels of Interaction in Supply Chain Relations
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Engineering and Management. (Produktionslogistik)
2007 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

To be able to retain the manufacturing industry durably, in Europe in general and in Sweden in specific, manufacturing companies have to be competitive also on the global market. One way for companies to realize this ambition is to interact with suppliers and customers in different kinds of supply chains. In the dyadic relation between two companies, three different levels of interaction have been identified. To be able to enhance the competitiveness instead of requiring excess workload, the level of interaction has to be adequate for the specific company and their market conditions.

The aim of this thesis is to clarify the characteristics of supply chain interaction, both in terms of different levels of interaction and concerning the factors affecting the appropriate level of interaction. A basic prerequisite to enable companies to select an appropriate level of interaction within their supply chain is also to clarify the present use of terminology.

This research is conducted through theoretical studies. The theoretical findings are synthesized in order to fulfill the research objective.

Characteristics of supply chain interaction in terms of affecting categories and factors are identified. The factors are sorted according to the category they support. An interaction framework that can be used to gain an overview over the categories and factors affecting the level of interaction in a specific situation is developed.

The resulting interaction framework is aiming at industry applicability but is based only on theoretical studies (which in turn are based on empirical data).

The aim is to support the interaction level decision for, primarily, small and medium sized manufacturing companies in order to increase their competitiveness.

Despite the amount of research within the supply chain area, the question how companies should select the way to interact within their supply chain has so far been left unanswered. In this thesis, a number of categories and factors that affects the appropriate level of interaction are identified and listed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, School of Engineering , 2007. , p. 102
Series
Research Series from Chalmers University of Technology, ISSN 1652-9243 ; 23
Keywords [sv]
Produktionslogistik
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-842OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-842DiVA, id: diva2:4588
Presentation
2007-05-31, E1029, E, Gjuterigatan 5, Jönköping, 13:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2007-06-19 Created: 2007-06-19 Last updated: 2015-09-29Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. A Review of Supply Chain Classifications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Review of Supply Chain Classifications
2005 (English)In: Produktionslogistik 2005: kvalitet och effektivitet i hela försörjningskedjan : artiklar från PLANs forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens i Borås den 18-19 augusti, Borås: Högskolan i Borås , 2005, p. 240-Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borås: Högskolan i Borås, 2005
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-4813 (URN)91-631-7468-5 (ISBN)
Conference
7th Research and Application Conference on Logistics and Operations Management [PLANs forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens], Borås, Sweden, 18-19 August 2005
Available from: 2007-12-17 Created: 2007-12-17 Last updated: 2018-04-10Bibliographically approved
2. Review of Supply Chain Collaboration Levels and Types
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Supply Chain Collaboration Levels and Types
2005 (English)In: Proceedings : International conference on operations and supply chain management: Bali-Indonesia, 15-17 December 2005, 2005Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-4814 (URN)979-545-039-5 (ISBN)
Conference
International conference on operations and supply chain management, Bali-Indonesia, 15-17 December 2005
Available from: 2007-12-17 Created: 2007-12-17 Last updated: 2015-09-29Bibliographically approved
3. Supply Chain Interaction: Market Requirements Affecting the Level of Interaction
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2006 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the mobile manufacturing concept is to provide solutions for mobile and flexible manufacturing capacity on demand. The idea with the concept is that a mobile manufacturing unit (MMU) could sent to the place where it is needed, either within the company, to a local supplier, to a customer, or to a partner, in order to, for example, cover a temporary volume peak.

Within the research project Factory-in-a-Box, five fully operative MMUs have been designed and realized in close contact with Swedish manufacturing industries. The main logistic focus within the research project has been put on optimizing the transport solutions, while the implications on the relations in the supply chain have still not been analyzed. It is however, important to clarify that the geographical and organizational distance between the stationary site and the site where the MMU temporarily is located, affects the complexity of the information and material flow. In order to secure MMU productivity, both information and material flow to and from the stationary factory, the stationary factory’s sub-suppliers, the local suppliers, and the customer, must be handled.

In order to use the MMU’s resources efficiently, the level of interaction with all these actors has to be selected wisely. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to investigate the information flow and material flow in one of the demonstrators within the Factory-in-a-Box project, in order to highlight the importance of selecting appropriate level of interaction and how mobility affects the supply chain relations.

National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-4815 (URN)
Conference
15th International IPSERA Conference, 2006: Creating and Marketing Value in Supply Networks
Available from: 2008-05-19 Created: 2008-05-19 Last updated: 2018-04-10Bibliographically approved
4. Levels of Interactions in Supply Chains
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Levels of Interactions in Supply Chains
2006 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-1475 (URN)
Conference
PLANs forsknings- och tillämpningskonferens, Trollhättan
Available from: 2007-06-19 Created: 2009-02-23 Last updated: 2013-11-18

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