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Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management
Twelve Drivers of Competitive Advantage

  • John T. Mentzer - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation


May 2004 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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"This book is an insightful, well-balanced, stimulating SCM Strategy book that clearly tells managers, consultants, as well as educators that the SCM concept is not a fad but a must strategy to gain competitive advantage in today's dynamic global market place. There are three major strengths. First, it is an unprecedented interdisciplinary SCM strategy book that explains how companies obtain, maintain, and even enhance competitive advantages based upon a well-laid SCM strategy. Second, it provides readers a unique, well-balanced framework for SCM strategy formulation. Third, it is a valuable contribution in the area of SCM in that it does a good job in explaining such a complicated SCM strategy to readers in such a simple manner."

                                                                —Soonhong (Hong) Min, University of Oklahoma

Author of the bestselling text Supply Chain Management, John T. Mentzer's companion book Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management: Twelve Drivers of Competitive Advantage has been developed as a supplemental text for any course dealing with strategy and supply chains. Written in an entertaining, accessible style, Mentzer identifies twelve drivers of competitive advantage as clear strategic points managers can use in their companies. Research from more than 400 books, articles, and papers, as well as interviews with over fifty executives in major global companies, inform these twelve drivers. The roles of all of the traditional business functions—marketing, sales, logistics, information systems, finance, customer services, and management—in supply chain management are also addressed. Complete with cases and real-world examples from corporations around the world, the book's exemplars will help students and practicing managers to more effectively understand, implement, and manage supply chains successfully.

 
Chapter One Supply Chain Management as a Source of Competitive Advantage
 
Chapter Two Coordinate the Traditional Business Functions Across the Company and Across the Supply Chain
 
Chapter Three Collaborate with Supply Chain Partners On Non-Core Competency Functions
 
Chapter Four Look for Supply Chain Synergies
 
Chapter Five Not All Customers are Created Equal
 
Chapter Six Identify and Manage the Supply Chain Flow Cycles
 
Chapter Seven Manage Demand (Not Just the Forecast)
 
Chapter Eight Substitute Information for Assets
 
Chapter Nine Systems are Templates to be Laid Over Processes
 
Chapter Ten Not All Products are Created Equal
 
Chapter Eleven Make Yourself Easy to Do Business With
 
Chapter Twelve Do Not Let Tactics Overshadow Strategies
 
Chapter Thirteen Align Your Supply Chain Strategies and Your Reward Strategies
 
Chapter Fourteen Putting It All Together

“This book is an insightful, well-balanced, stimulating
SCM Strategy book that clearly tells managers, consultants, as well as
educators that the SCM concept is not a fad but a must strategy to gain
competitive advantage in today’s dynamic global market place. There are three
major strengths. First, it is an unprecedented interdisciplinary SCM strategy
book that explains how companies obtain, maintain, and even enhance competitive
advantages based upon a well-laid SCM strategy. Second, it provides readers a
unique, well-balanced framework for SCM strategy formulation. Third, it is a
valuable contribution in the area of SCM in that it does a good job in
explaining such a complicated SCM strategy to readers in such a simple manner.”

Soonhong (Hong) Min
University of Oklahoma

"The book will be of use to practicing supply chain managers and academics alike. It is full of examples of companies, where certain supply chain practices work and other did not. It can serve as an excellent supplement to a standard text on supply chains, to introduce students to the problems and issued faced in managing supply chains."

Siddharth Mahajan
International Management Institute
Book Reviews

Good book which provides the students with a sound understanding of the fundamentals of SCM and the importance of creating customer value.

Dr Joseph Vella
Communications , University of Malta
October 20, 2016

I will be recommending this to my colleagues who teach the MSc in Logistics and Supply. Their students will find this a useful book. Its concept coverage is very good, and the book is slim enough not to be daunting. All the basics are covered, which makes it useful to academics and even practitioners.

Mr Kenneth Anthony Wilkinson
Dept of Marketing, Ops & Digital Busin, Manchester Metropolitan University
February 15, 2016

Its good enough to introduce the supply chain management. It includes main subjects and its written in understandable language.

Dr Gokhan Secme
Business Administration , Nevşehir Hacı Bektas Veli University
October 7, 2015

The Drives to CA are very solid argued and written. I like the book alot... It a recemmend reading for my course.
Qeis Kamran

Mr Qeis Kamran
Economics & Management, ISM Interntional School of Management
June 18, 2015

I like the book a lot. The drives to CA are written very nice the book is full of insights.
Qeis Kamran

Mr Qeis Kamran
Economics & Management, ISM Interntional School of Management
June 18, 2015

Course not developed.

Dr Myron Raney
Business Division, Ohio Dominican University
November 16, 2013

A good supplement to enforce the importance of competitive advantage in purchasing

Dr Jenny Backstrand
School of Engineering, Jonkoping University
May 1, 2012

I feel this book is a good support book for my students to add another dimention to their understanding of the subject.

It will be interesting over time how essential the students find it.

Mrs Janine Crowther
Higher Education, Darlington College
March 14, 2011
Key features
  • The book is written to be easy to read and entertaining, with many actual business examples.
  • The book makes clear strategic points for obtaining competitive advantage.
  • Many exercises and examples are provided to help the reader implement the principles in their companies.

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