Title: Agility in a project-oriented supply chain

Authors: Paivi Iskanius, Heli Helaakoski

Addresses: University of Oulu – Raahe Unit, Rantakatu 5, Raahe 92100, Finland ' VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, PO Box 3, Raahe 92101, Finland

Abstract: This study contributes to the discussion on agility in supply chain management and provides a novel focus on the enterprise development. The object of this study is to develop an agile supply chain for the case business network, which is moving towards project-oriented business, where quick response is a key issue and agile practices more attractive. It is concluded that in project-oriented business, agility is necessary for competitiveness, and comprehensive implementation of information and communication technologies throughout the supply chain is of utmost importance in the development of an agile supply chain.

Keywords: agent technology; agile supply chains; agility; enterprise development; project-oriented business; supply chain management; SCM; ICT.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2009.026303

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2009 Vol.7 No.4, pp.358 - 372

Published online: 06 Jun 2009 *

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