Supplier integration strategy for lean manufacturing adoption in electronic-enabled supply chains

So, Stuart and Sun, Hongyi (2010) Supplier integration strategy for lean manufacturing adoption in electronic-enabled supply chains. Supply Chain Management, 15 6: 474-487. doi:10.1108/13598541011080455

Author So, Stuart
Sun, Hongyi
Title Supplier integration strategy for lean manufacturing adoption in electronic-enabled supply chains
Journal name Supply Chain Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-8546
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/13598541011080455
Volume 15
Issue 6
Start page 474
End page 487
Total pages 14
Place of publication W Yorks, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this study is to formulate supplier integration strategy with the aim to eliminate Ohno’s manufacturing wastes and
empirically examines its influence on lean manufacturing adoption in electronic-enabled manufacturing supply chains (EMSC).
Design/methodology/approach – The proposed theoretical model is tested with the survey data obtained from 558 manufacturers in 17 countries
which is stratified into two groups of small/large firms for measuring the significance of measurements.
Findings – The influential factors comprising the supplier integration strategy, i.e. information sharing, e-business systems and policy-based supplier
selection, have positive influence on the long-term lean manufacturing adoption in small- and medium-sized firms. Besides, the results reveal that
manufacturers may commit ongoing use of lean manufacturing only if it has been using regularly.
Research limitations/implications – The study is conducted from the stand point of a manufacturing firm. Hence, the constructs are not appropriate
for distributors and retailers. Besides, the concepts measured in the study can only be generalized to small- and medium-sized firms.
Practical implications – Implementing supply strategy in practice requires the collaboration of manufacturers and suppliers, and manufacturers are in
better position to select the suppliers in favor to the implementation of lean manufacturing in EMSC. Also, small manufacturers tend to adopt lean
manufacturing along with relevant supplier integration tactics due to having less complex organizational structure.
Originality/value – There is a scarcity of papers that study the impact of supplier integration on lean manufacturing through combining practitioner’s
lean implementation methodology and academia’s decision theory. This paper is beneficial to manufacturers who intend to revise their e-supply
strategy in coping with sustainable imitative in recessionary time.
Keyword Supply chain management
Lean production
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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