Pulling Your Way to an Integrated Supply Chain

Author(s):

Michael E. Smith, Ph.D.
Michael E. Smith, Ph.D., Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723, 828/227-3697, mesmith@wcu.edu
Lee Buddress, Ph.D., C.P.M.
Lee Buddress, Ph.D., C.P.M., Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207, 503/725-4769, leeb@sba.pdx.edu
Alan Raedels, Ph.D., C.P.M.
Alan Raedels, Ph.D., C.P.M., Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207, 503/725-3728, alanra@sba.pdx.edu

87th Annual International Conference Proceedings - 2002 - San Francisco, CA
Abstract

During recent times, many organizations have recognized tremendous progress in effectiveness and efficiency by adopting a pull strategy that establishes the pace of production at the rate of customer demand. Additional advantages accrue when a similar strategy is applied to the supply chain, as is seen with the adoption of just-in-time (JIT) approaches. However, such approaches can have disastrous effects when there is strategic misalignment between organizations. This session will introduce a new conception of supply-chain integration based upon backwards pulling of strategic initiatives through the supply network in order to provision the creation and maintenance of valuable inter-organizational relationships.

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