Factors affecting the development of collaborative improvement with strategic suppliers


Kaltoft, Rasmus and Boer, Harry and Corso, Mariano and Gertsen, Frank and Gieskes, José and Middel, Rick and Steendahl Nielsen, Jacob (2003) Factors affecting the development of collaborative improvement with strategic suppliers. In: One World? One view of OM? The Challenges of Integrating Research & Practice. Proceedings (CD-ROM) of the European Operations Management Association & Production and Operations Management Society Joint International Conference, 16-18 June 2003, Como Lake, Italy.

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Abstract:The research presented in this paper was aimed at increasing the current understanding of the process of developing collaborative improvement in Extended Manufacturing Enterprises (EME). Theory suggests a number of factors to affect that process, including shared sense of direction (i.e. vision), trust, power, and commitment. Based on action research of three EMEs involving a total of thirteen companies from five European countries, the present study identifies a number of additional factors. Factors exogenous to, but impacting, the collaboration are joint history and culture. Endogenous factors are approach to establishing the collaboration, project organisation, change and improvement competence, ways and modes of communicating, and political behaviour. Not only do these factors influence each other, they also strongly affect the development of collaborative improvement.
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