Cross-Functional Supply Management

The concept examines current practices and trends in the field of cross-functional supply-chain management and provides practitioners with both a specialist knowledge and basic information in related business disciplines to design and manage efficient and effective cross-functional supply chain systems.

Technique Overview

Cross-Functional Supply Management

Cross-Functional Supply Management Definition

A 'cross-functional team' refers to a group of individuals "from various organisational functions who are brought together to achieve clear, worthwhile, and compelling goals that could not be reached without a team. Teaming leverages organisational resources while utilising the expertise of team members. Purchasers typically participate in teams dealing with sourcing, commodities, quality, and new product/service development" (Institute of Supply Management, in Lysons and Farrington, 2006:164).

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  • Cousins, P., Lamming, R., Lawson, B. and Squire, B. (2008) Strategic Supply Management: Principles, Theories and Practice. FT Prentice Hall: Harlow and London.
  • Handfield, R.B. and Nichols, E.L. Jr. (1999) Introduction to Supply Chain Management. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, N.J.
  • Henke, J.W., Krachenberg, A.R. and Lyons, T.F. (1993) 'Cross-functional teams: Good Concept, Bad Implementation!', Journal of Product Innovation Management, Vol.10(3), pp.216-229.
  • Leenders, M.R., Fearon, H.E., Flynn, A.E. and Johnson, P.F. (2002) Purchasing and Supply Management. 12th ed. McGraw-Hill Irwin: Boston, MA.

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