Tag Archives: Supply Chain Integration

Impact of innovation on the supply chain performance: Case of the automotive industry in Morocco (Published)

In Through the Looking-Glass famous incident from the book of Alice in Wonderland, known as the Red Queen’s race, it involves the Red Queen and where Alice is constantly running, but remaining in the same point.  The Red Queen said: “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”This story is used in real life to illustrate the idea of running after capital and market share accumulation in order to maintain relative economic position. This idea cannot represent better the main purpose of our study: “The innovation and its impact on supply chain performance and competitiveness”.In this paper, we attempt to corroborate, based on an empirical study of Moroccan multinational firms specifically in the automotive industry, the relationship between the supply chain innovation and performance through the Supply Chain Integration.

Keywords: Competitiveness, Innovation, Supply Chain Integration, Supply chain performance

Effect of Supply Chain Integration Strategies on Performance of Pork Processing Industry in Rwanda (Published)

Supply chain integration (SCI) is a useful approach to improve various measures of firm performance. The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of supply chain integration strategies on performance of pork processing industry in Rwanda. The study employed a quantitative research design in order to address to the research objective. The target population was the 52 employees of German butchery in Kigali. Due to the small size of the population, there was no need of sampling. Therefore all the 52 employees were obtained through census method and were recruited to the study. Questionnaires were used to collect information regarding internal integration, supplier integration, customer integration and performance of the firms. Questionnaires were distributed through drop and pick method to avoid inconveniencing the respondents during working hours. Data collected was edited and analysed using SPSS. The results indicated that there was a positive and significant correlation between internal integration, supplier integration, customer integration and performance of the firm. The study was about the impact of customer integration, supplier integration and internal integration on pork industry. The study recommended that the industry managers should ensure that the extents of integration of the three variables are enhanced. The study further recommended that a study that will assess the challenges affecting supply chain integration in the pork industry should be conducted in the future. Future study that will assess the barriers of implementation of supply chain integration strategies in pork industry was also recommended.

Keywords: Industry, Pork Processing, Rwanda, Strategies., Supply Chain Integration

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER COMPETENCIES AND THEIR IMPACT ON SUPPLY CHAIN INTEGRATION (Published)

The level of supply chain professionals’ competencies is a crucial factor to enhance a firm’s competitiveness. Given the limited interdisciplinary study of supply chain management and human resource management, we provide insights of how supply chain manager competencies can impact the supply chain integration of a firm. Starting by developing a list of competencies, using principle component analysis, we achieve two key competencies; namely Technical Knowledge and Application and Traits and Management Skills. Subsequently, we apply multivariate regression to reveal how the two groups of competencies and a supply chain manager’s roles and responsibilities impact differently each dimension of supply chain integration; namely internal integration, supplier integration and customer integration. At a significance level of 0.05, interpretation of regression coefficients reveals that Technical Knowledge and Application impacts internal and customer integration while Traits and Management Skills impacts internal integration. A supply chain manager’s roles and responsibilities impact only internal integration. The findings enable concerned parties to implement actions to enrich supply chain managers of today and in the future.

Keywords: Multivariate Analysis, Regression Analysis, Supply Chain Integration, Supply Chain Manager Competencies

Supply Chain Manager Competencies and Their Impact on Supply Chain Integration (Review Completed - Accepted)

The level of supply chain professionals’ competencies is a crucial factor to enhance a firm’s competitiveness. Given the limited interdisciplinary study of supply chain management and human resource management, we provide insights of how supply chain manager competencies can impact the supply chain integration of a firm. Starting by developing a list of competencies, using principle component analysis, we achieve two key competencies; namely Technical Knowledge and Application and Traits and Management Skills. Subsequently, we apply multivariate regression to reveal how the two groups of competencies and a supply chain manager’s roles and responsibilities impact differently each dimension of supply chain integration; namely internal integration, supplier integration and customer integration. At a significance level of 0.05, interpretation of regression coefficients reveals that Technical Knowledge and Application impacts internal and customer integration while Traits and Management Skills impacts internal integration. A supply chain manager’s roles and responsibilities impact only internal integration. The findings enable concerned parties to implement actions to enrich supply chain managers of today and in the future.

Keywords: Multivariate Analysis, Regression Analysis, Supply Chain Integration, Supply Chain Manager Competencies