Essay on The Evolution Of Supply Chain Management

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The popularity of the supply chain concept has been stimulated from many directions including the quality revolution (Dale et al. 1994), notions of materials management and integrated logistics (Carter and Price 1993), a growing interest in industrial markets and networks (Ford 1990, Jarillo 1993), the notion of increased focus (Porter 1987, Snow et al. 1992), and influential industry-specific studies (Womack et al. 1991, Lamming 1993). Thus, researchers find themselves inundated with a plethora of terminology including ‘supply chains’, ‘demand pipelines’ (Farmer and Van Amstel 1991), ‘value streams’ (Womack and Jones 1994), ‘support chains’, and many others. The origins of the notion of supply chain management (SCM) are unclear, but its development appears to start along the lines of physical distribution and transport (Croom et al. 2000), based on the theory of Industrial Dynamics, derived from the work of Forrester (1961). Another antecedent can be found in the total cost approach to distribution and logistics (Heckert and Miner 1940, Lewis 1956). Both approaches show that focusing on a single element in the chain cannot Revision received April 2003. yDepartment of Operations Management and Business Statistics, College of Business Administration, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA. *To whom correspondence should be addressed. e-mail: i.chen@csuohio.edu International Journal of Production Research ISSN 0020–7543 print/ISSN 1366–588X online # 2004 Taylor &…

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