Supply Chain Resources- Ph.D. Thesis

“Enhanced Supplier Development Framework: a systematic approach to improve supplier performance”

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Thesis Abstract:

Although Supplier Development (SD) has been of importance to industry for a number of years, the academic community has been slower to study this phenomenon. However, in the last two decades the focus on SD has increased. This research is particularly addressing SD from both an industry and academic perspective. The specific weakness of existing activities within industry in deploying their SD programs is the lack of a systematic approach. Given that such an approach could not be identified within the literature either, it is argued here that there was a widespread need for purchasing and supply chain management professionals to be able to identify appropriate SD activities by means of an appropriate method or framework. To address this research gap, this thesis has developed a conceptual SD framework through action research. This is the first study which demonstrates the development and detailed account of the implementation process. Performance improvements observed include: improving delivery and quality performance of selected suppliers.

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Empirical evidence was collected from supply chain practitioners via interviews/ questionnaires pre- and post-implementation to identify their views on the important issues to consider when developing and implementing a SD framework. Key practical implications of the SD framework are the alignment of goals/objectives internally within the organisation and with the suppliers. It is intended to serve as a high level process map for SD and acts as a communication tool to create a common understanding of key steps involved in SD amongst all the stakeholders involved. Future research should explore case studies and/ or involve survey methods with a wider audience to increase the validity of the results. Finally, this thesis takes a buying firm’s perspective only and does not include any views from the supplier’s perspective; therefore taking a supplier’s perspective is also a key recommendation for future research.

This is one of the very few and latest supply chain resources available for PhD students to learn how thesis should be written and what pattern of argument to follow.

Supply Chain Management Terms & Glossary

Managers, academics, students, professionals and practitioners of Supply Chain Management require ready access to a definitive supply chain resources of current terminology and practice. This is the first and most up-to-date  Source that provides all the necessary terms, concepts and definitions relevant to the subject of Supply Chain Management.

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  • Current definitions, based on those given by leading authorities
  • Key e-commerce terminology
  • These supply chain resources also employed in purchasing, supply, logistics, contract negotiation and all aspects of materials management.

Recommended Books

These top 8 picks of Supply Chain Management books are for beginners as well as experienced practitioners which I feel can help you on your way to deciphering this minefield! This is one of the best Supply Chain

1.     Operations Management – 7th Edition

Author: Prof Nigel Slack et. Al (2013)

This book provided a fantastic introduction about all I needed to know about Operations Management whilst studying for my Masters at Chalmers University of Technology – It is clearly written and understandable and provides an excellent foundation in developing and building on the knowledge gained from this book.

This book is ideal for business students as well as practitioners and non-practitioners of Operations Management as it is packed full of case study examples. I must confess I read it more than twice and hence it has a lot of coffee stains. What I loved about this book was its revelations on how to different aspects of operations management are inter linked both in manufacturing and service organisations. It was the best reference book I had for all Operations Management topics and I think it still is one of the best supply chain resources now!

2.     Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Financial Times Series)

Author: Prof Martin Christopher (2011)

When I started working in the supply chain field, I knew the basics and a lot of theory associated with the concepts of Supply Chain Management (SCM) but I just didn’t feel as well equipped as I felt I should practically having joined a large corporation.

This Supply Chain Management book provides a modern up-to-date insight into the latest ideas about Supply Chain Management from a real-world perspective. It provided invaluable insight that I was able to apply as and when I needed to.

3.     Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Author: John Mangan, Chandra Lalwani et. Al (2011)

The authors of this Supply Chain Management book / manual have done a fantastic job with providing the basics of Supply Chain Management that beginners can grasp by almost going out of their way in explaining technical terms before going ahead and using them. As stated in their preface, the authors really do ‘stick to the point’ which is what a beginner wants and needs!

4.     Business Process Management: Profiting from Process

        Author: Roger Burlton (2001)

 A key requirement in any successful business is its ability implement to change when required to stay in the game so to speak and there are many books out there that address Business Process Management – but this book stands out from the crowd.

Not only does it address process management in a practical way by taking you through the stages of business transformation in a step-by-step manner but provides examples and tips that you can identify with in your own company.

I would go so far as to say that this book is not only ideal for the beginner but for experienced practitioners as the go-to reference manual.

5.     Management by Process: A Practical Road-map to Sustainable Business Process Management

Author: John Jeston, Johan Nelis (2008)

This book openly faces the current reality of businesses being predominantly functional based organisations and the natural reluctance to implement a change in the way they function and operate by adopting the Process Management approach.

What I like about this book is that it does not blindly sing the praise of Business Process Management as ‘the silver bullet’ but instead introduces a variety of real-world case studies and explain around it the importance of process within the organisation and then follow it through by providing a process-driven framework.

6.     Operations and Supply Chain Management

Author: F. Robert Jacobs, Richard B Chase, Nicholas J Aquilano (2010)

If you want to learn more about the art, the challenges and the processes of the Operations and Supply Chain Management sphere then this book is packed full of insights. If you are an student, teacher, business person or you are breathing and have a pulse….doesn’t everything involve being business?…then read this book. A must have in bag of many supply chain resources.

This Supply Chain Management book was easy to follow and easy to read. As one buyer commented “Short and to the point chapters, end of chapter problems/quizzes/definitions that are helpful. It also has solved problems in the chapter and at the end which is nice”.

7.     Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Author: Robert M. Monczka, Robert B. Handfield, Larry C. Giunipero, James L. Patterson. (2015)

This books is written by some heavy weights of Supply Chain education worlds, hence, it comes with very hefty price tag!!

As Authors have mentioned in introduction of this Purchasing and Supply Chain Management book “the text includes critical developments from the field, such as cases from emerging healthcare and service industries, procure-to-pay redesign, supply risk, innovation, sustainability, collaboration, and much more. It also examines key changes in supply management and the impact of the global economy and ongoing business uncertainty on continuous cost and value management across the supply chain. Numerous real-world cases and captivating examples give you contextual insights and knowledge into the strategies, processes, and practices of supply management. PURCHASING AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT, 6E equips future managers with a thorough understanding of the impact that purchasing and supply chain management have on the competitive success and profitability of today’s organizations”.

8.     Introduction to Material Management (Custom Edition for Apics)

Author: J.R. Tony Arnold; Stephen N. Chapman; Lloyd M. Clive

Among many supply chain resources this book is one of the strongest recommendation by my LinkedIn connections. According to Karen Pentz, CPIM CSCP “I think this is one of the easiest textbooks to read and understand, especially for a beginner. It has lots of examples and problems to work through to help understand a particular concept.”

9. Inventory Management Explained: A focus on Forecasting, Lot Sizing, Safety Stock, and Ordering Systems.


10. Procurement, Principles & Management, 11th ed.

11. The Procurement and Supply Manager’s Desk Reference 2nd Edition

12. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In

As I have been a both teacher and students in a previous life, these books resonated with me. It provides an inspiring insight into how when finding your passion and combining it with your innate abilities and talents can take a life & supply chain as a profession from drudgery to a masterpiece

I hope you will benefit and enjoy one of many supply chain resources mentioned in this page! If you do, then it is worth my time and effort 🙂


22 thoughts on “Resources

  1. Very interesting blog that would be useful to a lot of SC organizations…

    If you have time and are interested, I would like to exchange with you few minutes…

    Looking forward to hear from you.


      1. Hello Dr,

        I am a research fellow and would appreciate reaching you via your personal email.
        look forward to hearing from you.

  2. Wow, what an excellent piece of information plus the resources which I was looking all around. High Five Brother and stay blessed.

  3. Very interesting approach on SD framework integration analysis academic and industry side, there is not too many writtings about that sistematic view of the whole process, except for lean or kaizen practioners, this will be very usefull, not only for academic comunities but also for procurement and operations professionals who are searching to level up their skils and practices, I’m very much interested to read more about you fine work, mostly from a professional side but also the academic one, as next year I will engage a PHD program in this area. Thanks a lot for sharing God bless you.

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