The Performance Bar Continues to Rise — Integrated Supply Chain Management Touted the Better Way

FOR RELEASE: August 27, 2001

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  NAPM Media Relations
  480/752-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, AZ) — Today's marketplace is more fiercely competitive than ever before. Yet, the performance bar continues to rise while new managerial practices and unique business models emerge and fade. As highlighted in a new CAPS Research study, Achieving World-Class Supply Chain Alignment: Benefits, Barriers, and Bridges, the day is rapidly approaching when organizations will no longer compete against other organizations, but supply chains will compete against other supply chains for market supremacy.

This study examines the supply chain phenomenon and the driving forces behind enhanced collaboration while evaluating the benefits and barriers to supply chain management integration. "The integrated supply chain concept is relatively new," report authors Stanley E. Fawcett, Department of Management, Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, and Gregory M. Magnam, Albers School of Management, Seattle University, "but it is predicted that companies will choose sides and form cohesive teams that will compete across borders in the quest to increase productivity and capture global market share."

Achieving World-Class Supply Chain Alignment: Benefits, Barriers, and Bridges presents a process model for supply chain integration along with a best-practices benchmarking diagnostic. Insight to help guide supply managers and their organizations to understand the concept of true cross-functional process integration, or supply chain management, is highlighted in this study. Supply chain management definitions, characteristics, and themes are thoroughly developed and discussed.

Leading-edge supply management professionals around the world will use this study to look beyond their organizations' current practices to evaluate objectives to integrate resources across organizational boundaries to achieve supply chain management success.

For a more in-depth look into this study, visit the CAPS Research Web site at

CAPS Research is a nonprofit organization that, while affiliated with Arizona State University's College of Business and the National Association of Purchasing Management, is an independent research organization. Its mission is to help organizations achieve competitive advantage by providing them with leading-edge research to support the evolution of strategic purchasing and supply management.

The National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM), established in 1915, is the world's leading educator of supply management professionals, and is a valuable resource for decision makers in major markets, government, and industry. Effective January 1, 2002, NAPM will become the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) in recognition of the mounting strategic and global significance of supply chain management.

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