Supply Base Management


A supply base is defined as the portion of a supply network that is actively managed by a buying company. The concept reviews effective business relationships with suppliers and ways to facilitate better management of the supply base.

Technique Overview

Supply Base Management Definition

Supply Base Management (SBM) is a systematic dynamic approach for strategically managing the whole supply base which might include current suppliers, minor suppliers and potential suppliers (Melnyk et al., 2009).

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  • Asmus, D. and Griffin, J. (1993) Harnessing the Power of your Suppliers. The McKinsey Quarterly, Vol. 3, pp. 63-78.
  • CIPS Australia: An Introduction to Supply Base Management.
  • Larson, P. (1994) Buyer-Supplier Co-operation, Product Quality and Total Costs. International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Vol. 24(6), pp. 4-9.
  • Leenders, M., Nollet, J. and Elh-am, L. (1994) Adapting Purchasing to Supply Chain. Management: International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Vol. 24(1), pp. 40-42.

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