The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Mainstream Supply Chain Management

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‘With the help of critical analytical frameworks to GSCs analyse the strengths and weaknesses of mainstream supply chain management’ BUS 326 – Coursework Introduction During the past decades many academics strived to conceptualise a framework that explain what a global supply chain is and how it is managed. GSC is an old phenomenon as it derives from colonialism, where European countries threatened weaker populations in Asia and Africa taking advantage of their resources, but it strongly developed in contemporary times thanks to the globalisation and the enhancement of IT, resulting in the habit of firms to outsource production when they see a benefit. Supply chain is defined by Jacobi (2009) as ‘the set of activities involved in moving a product and its ancillary services from the ultimate supplier to the ultimate costumer’. SCM is therefore the discipline that aims to understand the firms’ practices and strategies in managing the supply chain. As I said before, many academics tried to build a framework for the understanding of it, but being SCM a relatively new subject all of them present strengths and weaknesses and it is extremely difficult to say which of the framework is more reliable. In this short paper, my main focus will be the analysis and critique of the strong and weak points of Christopher, which built the mainstream SCM framework. Besides the mainstream framework, I will use several other works as the Cox’s critical, the GVC and the GPN, initially to

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