A Comparison of Supply Integration and End-to-End Communication Theory and Practice - An Australian Perspective
14 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2012
Date Written: November 11, 2012
The concept of supply chain integration and end-to-end communication are well established in supply chain theory. Typically, because of the depth of publications, an axiom has developed that all supply networks are fully integrated and have end-to-end communication protocols. Recent research into Australian supply networks has highlighted a somewhat different scenario, where many networks are fragmented and lack the connectivity that would be expected.
This paper offers a comparison of theoretical supply chain management and the actual practices found in Australian businesses. As a result of this grass root research, a scenario is offered that suggest there is a significant gap between the theory and practice of supply integration and communication that in turn, generate risk in these supply networks.
Keywords: communication, end-to-end communication, supply chain integration, supply chain management, supply integration
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