Title: An empirical exploration of supply chain design factors and their influence on supply chain performance

Authors: Satyendra Kumar Sharma; Anil Bhat

Addresses: Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Rajasthan, PIN 333031, India ' Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Rajasthan, PIN 333031, India

Abstract: Supply chain management has become a competitive tool for companies to increase their profitability and supply chain performance is getting the attention of business executives. They have started to focus on various factors, (that are) responsible for supply chain performance. We present an extant literature review on various factors that enable supply chain performance. Further, we conducted a survey in the Indian automobile industry and have attempted to test empirically the relationship between various supply chain design factors and supply chain performance. Factors such as aligning incentives, integration, adaptability and contingency planning were found to be most important factors. However, similar studies need be conducted in other industries to generalise the findings of our survey.

Keywords: supply chain design; supply chain performance; automotive supply chains; automobile industry; India; supply chain management; SCM; literature review; survey; incentives; integration; adaptability; contingency planning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPSCM.2013.055728

International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling, 2013 Vol.5 No.3, pp.239 - 257

Available online: 05 Aug 2013 *

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