Eberhard E. Scheuing, Ph.D., C.P.M.
Eberhard E. Scheuing, Ph.D., C.P.M., ISM Professor Emeritus, St. John’s University, 480-471-7393; Ebscheuing@aol.com
Robert R. Fleck, Jr.
Robert R. Fleck, Jr., Director, Materials Management and Facilities Management, Sunoco, Inc., 215-246-8626; firstname.lastname@example.org
Every organization is only as good as its pool of suppliers and their performance. As supply management teams recognize the limitations of traditional supply chains and the need for closer integration of all supply stream participants, they use the Internet to build virtual organizations and supply networks. This paper will identify the nature of a firm’s competitive advantage, highlight emerging roles of supply chain participants, and emphasize the need to create value networks. Encouraging thinking outside the box, it presents a checklist of best practices in supply and a framework for achieving world class value network leadership.