Title: Supply process development with an inter-organisational and intra-organisational perspective

Authors: Maqsood Sandhu, Petri Helo

Addresses: College of Business and Economics, United Arab Emirates University, P.O. Box 15551, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates. ' Logistics Research Group, University of Vaasa, P.O. Box 700, FIN-65101 Vaasa, Finland

Abstract: Using established project management theory as a foundation, the paper analyses the supply process and its impact on gains from business process development methods. Discussion of the challenges faced by the project based organisation and suggestions to improve project supply performance are presented. The findings reveal that the extent to which firms witness optimisations through such procurement is dependent not only on the intra-organisational process of corporate systems, but also on the inter-organisational perspective. The choice of concepts and final construction of the framework is informed by an empirical research of EPC projects, and a case study of the power plant is presented.

Keywords: SCM; supply chain management; business process development; project management; performance improvement; corporate systems; intra-organisational processes; inter-organisational perspectives; EPC projects; engineering; procurement; construction; power plants; logistics systems; logistics management; R&D; research and development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2010.030963

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2010 Vol.6 No.2, pp.235 - 248

Published online: 14 Jan 2010 *

Full-text access for editors Full-text access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article