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Define “Supply Chain Management”…

April 23rd, 2009 | By: Martin Arrand

Here’s a great set of half a dozen slides that does just that. The use of freely available images is very neat, and the definition is concise but descriptive. Thanks to my colleague Paul James who made this available via his Linkedin page.

Paul acknowledges his sources (a textbook I couldn’t track down – Ganesham and Harrison anyone?), but I note that a forum question for one of the Linkedin groups on just this topic got a huge number of responses, none to my mind as good as this.


Comment from Christian Verstraete
Time 4 December 2009 at 7:27 am

I actually like the definition of CSCMP quite well: “Supply Chain Management encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion…It includes all of the logistics management activities as well as manufacturing operations and it drives coordination of processes and activities with and across marketing, sales, product design, finance and information technology”. It describes the management process well. I find the definition in this post is more related to what a Supply Chain is than what the management of that Supply Chain actually means.

Comment from Martin Arrand
Time 29 April 2010 at 4:00 pm

A fair point, I think, Christian. It’s hard to find something pithy for when a stranger, typically a middle-aged well-to-do lady, says: “so what is it you actually do?”
One of the problems is it’s a term with a history, and the book is not closed. Various academics have their own opinions. They don’t always help the rest of us.

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