The outsourcing of supply chain activities

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dc.contributor.advisor Mr. P.J. Kilbourn en_US
dc.contributor.author Rudolph, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-13T10:18:27Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-13T10:18:27Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-13
dc.date.submitted 1998-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/5551
dc.description M.Comm. en_US
dc.description.abstract In order to achieve and sustain a competitive advantage in the present global trade environment, companies need to find ways to distinguish themselves from their opposition. One way by which this advantage can be gained, is by exercising superior supply chain management. Shortening product life cycles and multiple possible suppliers per product make it even more important to provide excellent customer service. Once again, these events imply the need for superior supply chain management. The question of how to improve supply chain management now arises. The aim of this study is to determine whether the outsourcing of certain supply chain activities can lead to the desired result. A secondary aim is to give an overview on supply chain management, as knowledge on this topic is often lacking or poorly understood, while it is seen as highly important for the reasons stated above. A key step in the process of determining whether or not a company should make use of a third-party supply chain provider, is in determining the strategic objectives of the company. During this step the company needs to determine its key competencies, which in turn helps the company to establish its goals. Once the above process has taken place, a decision can be made on whether to consider the outsourcing of supply chain activities. Companies that are considering the outsource of their supply chain activities, are looking for benefits such as reduced costs and increased service, reduced capital investment, increased flexibility to fluctuating demand, and a focus on core competencies. There are however, possible disadvantages associated with the outsourcing decision. Examples include, negative effects on workforce morale, a fear for loss of control by some supply chain professionals, breaches of confidentiality, and a loss of customer contact. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Contracting out en_US
dc.subject Delivery of goods -- Management en_US
dc.title The outsourcing of supply chain activities en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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