Title: Supply chain management: new competitive realities in the automotive value chain

Authors: Bruce M. Belzowski, Michael S. Flynn, Morgan Edwards, Linda Ban, Gregory Martin

Addresses: Automotive Analysis Division (formerly OSAT), University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), 2901 Baxter Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2150, USA. ' Automotive Analysis Division (formerly OSAT), University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), 2901 Baxter Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2150, USA. ' Automotive Analysis Division (formerly OSAT), University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), 2901 Baxter Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2150, USA. ' IBM Institute for Business Value, IBM Corporation, P.O. Box 5050, Southfield, MI 48086-5050, USA. ' IBM Institute for Business Value, IBM Corporation, P.O. Box 5050, Southfield, MI 48086-5050, USA

Abstract: Previous research on the automotive industry points to the difficulty manufacturers and suppliers face in managing their supply chains. Both groups report challenges in managing the numerous supply change interfaces between companies due particularly to differing inter-company relationship models. They also report significant differences between how well they perform Supply Chain Management (SCM) tasks and how important these activities are to their companies| future success. They also discuss the major risks companies face in sourcing globally, which when combined with increasing product and manufacturing complexity leads to conflicts in business and organisational goals.

Keywords: automotive supply chains; supply chain management; SCM; manufacturer-supplier relationship; globalisation; global sourcing; collaboration; automotive value chain; automobile industry.

DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2006.012232

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, 2006 Vol.6 No.4, pp.387 - 405

Published online: 30 Jan 2007 *

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