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The paper analyses the drawbacks and the potential diseconomies of the attempt to optimize a supply chain in a holistic manner. The conclusion derived by the author is that this is neither a viable nor a beneficial idea. As a consequence he advocates a paradigm shift. The concept of totally...
The implications of environmental sustainability and social responsibility transcend the actual ownership of the particular product; up-stream the supply chain to consider behaviour of suppliers, and down-stream to consider the impact of the product-in-use, and ultimately, its disposal. These...
Although inventory reduction has been a major topic in production and operations management research for many years, there is a lack of empirically confirmed answers for questions such as: Have inventories in fully industrialized economies such as Germany decreased, overall, during the past...
The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the literature covering the area of management control systems (MCS) in logistics and supply chain management (SCM). It is motivated by the increasing attention the two fields of MCS and logistics/SCM have lately attained, fueled by an...
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