International Journal of Value Chain Management (5 papers in press)
3D printing: enabling customer-centricity in the supply chain
by Elisa Martina Martinelli, Martin Christopher
Abstract: Three-dimensional printing (3DP) is used for multiple purposes in many fields and it is attracting attention, both academically and managerially, in the context of a customer-centric approach to supply chain management. The purpose of this paper is to explore how 3DP enables supply chain customer-centricity through value co-creation by the analysis of a case study, the manufacture of an innovative 3D printed component in the aerospace sector. The research highlights that (1) the usage of 3DP enables the adoption of an external customer-centric supply chain orientation drawing on four sources of value co-creation (2) value co-creation network based on 3DP requires a particular form of collaboration and coordination, bringing specific benefits for all the partners involved. A conceptual framework, leading to propositions, is developed identifying the elements of a customer-centric supply chain based on the principles of co-creation. Finally, theoretical and managerial implications and future research directions are outlined.
Keywords: supply chain; SCM; value co-creation; value co-creation network; network reconfiguration; 3D printing; additive manufacturing; customer-centric.
Is Information Technology Valuable for Automotive Production Industries?
An empirical insight from Iranian automotive industries
by Mahdi Mahmoudsalehi, Kamran Feizi, Mohammad Taghi Taqhavifard, Iman Raeesi Vanani
Abstract: This research, aim to develop a model for measuring information technology business value in automobile production to clarify the findings of previous research in this regard. The research sample included an Iranian automobile producing company, which the process of supply, logistics, and production were selected as case of study. Given the research exploratory and descriptive nature of research, sequential qualitative mixed method was selected. Based on the research findings, the measurement model of information technology business value in automobile production included 6 categories of business value, strategic perspective, business capabilities, business process, information technology resources, and information technology impacts. Given the research propositions, relationships between different categories and the conceptual model of the research were developed. This article synthesizes the prior research, provides new empirical insights that gathered on the basis of IT business value concept, and proposes an innovative construct for IT business value.
Keywords: IT business Value; IT Value Chain; IT Contribution; IT Investment; Automotive Industries; Organizational Productivity; Sequential Qualitative Method.
An integrated structural modelling and MICMAC analysis for supply chain disruption risk classification and prioritisation in India
by Aswin Alora, Mukesh K. Barua
Abstract: Supply chain disruptions can have severe impacts on a firm. Realising the importance of the matter, this study aims at identifying and prioritising the risks associated with supply chain disruption as faced by Indian manufacturing sector. A two-phase methodology is used for achieving the objectives - the first phase involves the identification and finalisation of supply chain disruption risks through literature review and expert opinion using Delphi technique, and the second phase involves deriving the interrelationships between the risk factors and classification based on the influence and dependence power by using interpretive structural modelling (ISM) and MICMAC methodology. Environmental risk factors and supplier risk factors have become the strong drivers of other supply chain uncertainties. The outcomes of the study would help managers and governmental departments in analysing and taking actions to cope with supply chain disruptions.
Keywords: supply chain risk management; SCRM; supply chain disruption risk; risk prioritisation; ISM; MICMAC method; India.
A model for a successful approach to applying for Horizon 2020
by Urška Vidmar, Tina Vukasović
Abstract: This paper presents a model for a successful approach to addressing the EU calls. The research results indicated that the application's success in Horizon 2020 is largely influenced by the financial projection, knowledge of EU's policies, proposal design proposal elements - contents, the importance of individual proposal elements process, past experiences, a partner organisation, referrals, and coordinators. We can conclude that for a potential applicant to succeed with the application it is advisable to hire an expert to develop the financial projection if the applicant is not experienced in this. Secondly, it is useful to know the EU policies. Thirdly, when designing the project proposal, one should keep in mind that visual aspect of the proposal is important. Also, past experience in the EU projects is important. Lastly, the most efficient way to find partners is through networking, referrals and the already selected project coordinators, not through partner search portals.
Keywords: EU funds; European Union; funds; grant writing; Horizon 2020; grants; project planning; proposal; rhetoric.
Assessment of the role of cooperative networks in the fruit supply chain in Thailand
by Jedsadaporn Sathapatyanon, John K.M. Kuwornu
Abstract: This study examined the role of cooperative networks in the fruit supply chain in Thailand using primary data from three cooperatives in the eastern and southern regions of Thailand. The results of the t-test revealed that marketing fruits through the cooperative networks yields numerous benefits to the cooperatives and its member farmers including increased bargaining power, improved fruit quality, decrease production and post-harvest costs, and better access to market information and high-value markets. The results also revealed that expertise in fruit management is essential in the fruit supply chain. Experience in fruit management can reduce the problem of business uncertainty, lack of flexibility, and difficulties in the negotiating process. Furthermore, knowledge of product quality and fruit distribution is important for the reduction of fruit waste, handling and transporting in the supply chain. Finally, the results also showed that the dyadic relationship and negotiation, and good practice of payment under the bi-cooperative create more trust which leads to a better exchange of market information, business continuation, and stability of the network than the multi-cooperative network. These results have implications for the management of the fruit supply chain in Thailand by assisting the farmers to access higher-value markets through cooperative networks.
Keywords: fruits; bi-cooperative network; multi-cooperative network; partnership; trust; farmers; Thailand.