Strategic Concepts: The Analytical Frameworks Of Supply Chain Management

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Throughout this assessment, different views of the proposed analytical frameworks will be analysed, as well as insights from other authors about Supply Chain Management, Global Supply Chains, Global Value Chain and Global Production Networks, in order to more clearly understand the complexity of the themes addressed. Supply chain Management: Regarding Supply Chain Management (SCM), there are two different frameworks, each one with its view. The first, focused on a mainstream view, is developed by Martin Christopher while the second one is presented by Andrew Cox and it develops a more critical approach. The first gives the reader an understanding of the concept of SCM and how firms can stand over time and become more efficient, through a competitive…show more content…
Although “most writing in the area is primarily focused on the supply chain at an operational level” (Cox 1999, p.169), the framework is focused to the exclusivity that each one has at its entrepreneurial level and is that what best describes each strategy. The focus is mainly to emphasize the absence of a theory behind it when certain writers insist on pushing that idea (Storey et al., 2006). Looking for the Toyota case, company which recognized the impossibility of reproducing the “Western culture” (Cox, 1999:173) and taking into account, the author recognises that the decisions made at that time were not due a specific pre-determined analytical model but simply because of the conditions faced, particularly in terms of the power relations within the chain. It is this concept of power that allows control of certain firms in the network and appropriation of value in transactions when delivering value to customers, coming up the concept of dominant player within a supply chain. As all practitioners wants to hold value, it generates interest conflicts both horizontal, between competitors, and vertical, among buyers, suppliers and
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