What is Supply Chain Management (SCM)? The concept reviews SCM and its boundaries in terms of business functions. It also examines current practices, trends and issues in supply chain management, as well as the critical success factors of SCM and some business evidence.

Supply Chain Management (SCM)

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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply Chain Management (SCM) Definition

The CIPS (Positions on practice: 8) defines supply chain management (SCM) as "the continuous planning, developing, controlling, informing and monitoring of actions within and between supply chain links so that an integrated supply process results which meets overall strategic goals." Alternatively, SCM is the "process of strategically managing the movement and storage (if necessary) of materials, parts and finished product from supplies, through the manufacturing process and on to customers or end user, as well as the associated information flows"(Yeo and Ning, 2002:256).

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  • Billington, C., Callioni, G., Crane, B., Ruark, J. D., Rapp, J. U., White, T. and Willems, S. P. (2004) Accelerating the profitability of Hewlett-Packard's supply chains. Interfaces, Vol.34(1), pp.59-72.
  • Bixby, A., Downs, B. and Self, M. (2006) A scheduling and capable-to-promise application for Swift & Company. Interfaces, Vol.36 (1), pp.69-86.
  • Chopra, S. and Meindl, P. (2009) Supply chain management: Strategy, planning, and operation. Pearson Education: Essex, UK.
  • CIPS: Supply chain management and networks.

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