Six pathways to achieving a seamless supply chain



Publication Details

Boehme, T., Childerhouse, P., Deakins, E. & Towill, D. (2009). Six pathways to achieving a seamless supply chain. In K. S. Pawar & C. S. Lalwani (Eds.), Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium of Logistics: Glocal Supplu Chains and Inter-firm Networks (pp. 25-33). Nottingham UK: Nottingham University Business School.


Many academics report that supply chain excellence is still rare, and that guidance is missing on how supply chain integration is achieved in practise. A conceptual model has been developed presenting six distinct pathways to supply chain integration. This exploratory research utilised four longitudinal case studies to test the developed conceptual model. The findings highlight that the pathway to supply chain integration is indeed not a single. Companies are taking various, organizational specific, roots to achieve the seamless supply chain.

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