Collaborative improvement as an inspiration for supply chain collaboration


Cagliano, Raffaella and Caniato, Federico and Corso, Mariano and Middel, Rick and Gieskes, José and Spina, Gianluca (2002) Collaborative improvement as an inspiration for supply chain collaboration. In: 11th Annual IPSERA conference, 25-27 March 2002, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands (pp. pp. 102-122).

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Abstract:The battlefield of competition is today moving from the level of
individual firms to the one of the extended enterprises, that is, networks of customers and their suppliers. This paper discusses how learning and continuous improvement today take place in processes based on daily collaboration at intercompany level, i.e. Extended Manufacturing Enterprises (EMEs). The purpose of the paper is to present a preliminary theory on Collaborative Improvement (CoI), i.e. continuous improvement at the EME level. Based on a literature review on Supply Networks, and Continuous Improvement and on evidence from two explorative case studies, the paper proposes a model for Collaborative Improvement in EMEs and discusses a research approach based on Action Research and Action Learning to further develop preliminary theory and actionable knowledge on how to foster and sustain CoI in EMEs.
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