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Illustrating the key drivers in effective supply chain management.

Supply Chain Management illustrates the key drivers of good supply chain management in order to help readers understand what creates a competitive advantage.

The fifth edition continues to increase the focus on global supply chain.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132743952
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 2/9/2012
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 118,084
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Building a Strategic Framework to Analyze Supply Chains

Chapter 1: Understanding the Supply Chain

Chapter 2: Supply Chain Performance: Achieving Strategic Fit and Scope

Chapter 3: Supply Chain Drivers and Metrics

Part II: Designing the Supply Chain Network

Chapter 4: Designing Distribution Networks and Applications to e-Business

Chapter 5: Network Design in the Supply Chain

Chapter 6: Designing Global Supply Chain Networks

Part III: Planning and Coordinating Demand and Supply in a Supply Chain

Chapter 7: Demand Forecasting in a Supply Chain

Chapter 8: Aggregate Planning in a Supply Chain

Chapter 9: Sales and Operations Planning: Planning Supply and Demand in a Supply Chain

Chapter 10: Coordination in a Supply Chain

Part IV: Planning and Managing Inventories in a Supply Chain

Chapter 11: Managing Economies of Scale in a Supply Chain: Cycle Inventory

Chapter 12: Managing Uncertainty in a Supply Chain: Safety Inventory

Chapter 13: Determining the Optimal Level of Product Availability

Part V: Designing and Planning Transportation Networks

Chapter 14: Transportation in a Supply Chain

Part VI: Managing Cross-Functional Drivers in a Supply Chain

Chapter 15: Sourcing Decisions in a Supply Chain

Chapter 16: Pricing and Revenue Management in a Supply Chain

Chapter 17: Information Technology in a Supply Chain

Chapter 18: Sustainability and the Supply Chain

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This book has grown from a course on supply chain management taught to second-year MBA students at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. The goal of this class was to cover not only high-level supply chain strategy and concepts, but also to give students a solid understanding of the analytical tools necessary to solve supply chain problems. With this class goal in mind, our objective was to create a book that would develop an understanding of the following key areas and their interrelationships:

  • The strategic role of the supply chain
  • The key strategic drivers of supply chain performance
  • Analytic methodologies for supply chain analysis

Our first objective in this book is for the reader to learn the strategic importance of good supply chain design, planning, and operation for every firm. The reader will be able to understand how good supply chain management can be a competitive advantage while weaknesses in the supply chain hurt the performance of a firm. We use many examples to illustrate this idea and develop a framework for supply chain strategy.

Within the strategic framework, we identify facilities, inventory, transportation, and information as the key drivers of supply chain performance. Our second goal in the book is to convey how these drivers may be used on a conceptual level during supply chain design, planning, and operation to improve performance. For each driver of supply chain performance, our goal is to provide readers with practical managerial levers and concepts that may be used to improve supply chain performance.

Utilizing these managerial levers requires knowledge ofanalytic methodologies for supply chain analysis. Our third goal is to give the reader an understanding of these methodologies. Every methodological discussion is illustrated with its application in Excel. In this discussion, we also stress the managerial context in which they are used and the managerial levers for improvement that they support.

The strategic frameworks and concepts discussed in the book are tied together through a variety of examples that show how a combination of concepts is needed to achieve significant improvement in performance.


Although the basic goal of the book remains unchanged, this second edition has several significant changes that we believe improve the book. The first such change is the addition of new chapters on distribution networks (Chapter 4), sourcing (Chapter 13), and price and revenue management (Chapter 15).

Chapter 4 provides a conceptual basis for designing a distribution network. It contains a discussion of different distribution networks and when a firm should prefer one over the other. The chapter provides a framework to answer questions such as: When is it best to structure a direct distribution system with all inventory stored at the manufacturer? When is it better to go through an intermediate distributor? When is it appropriate to stock and sell products at retail stores? Our goal is to provide managers with a logical framework for selecting the appropriate distribution network given product characteristics and the markets being served.

Chapter 13 takes a comprehensive look at various sourcing decisions within a supply chain. We discuss different sourcing activities including supplier assessment, supplier contracts, design collaboration, and procurement. Building on previous chapters, we show how a supplier's performance impacts total supply chain cost and provide a structure for supplier evaluation based on total cost. We describe various forms of supplier contracts and discuss their impact on supply chain profits, information distortion, and supplier behavior. Our goal in this chapter is to provide a framework for evaluating a variety of sourcing decisions.

Chapter 15 discusses how pricing and revenue management may be used to improve profits from a given set of supply chain assets. We discuss various situations where revenue management is applicable. The use of revenue management in supply chains is still in its early stages but is likely to become increasingly important. The goal of this chapter is to allow a manager to identify scenarios where revenue management can be used and then devise appropriate revenue management tactics. We believe that the areas addressed in the three new chapters are important and a significant addition to the first edition.

The second change in this edition is the sequence in which the material is presented. The major change relative to the first edition is that we have moved forward the section on designing the supply chain network (now Chapters 5 and 6). After developing a strategic framework, many will find it a more logical flow to discuss supply chain network design and then move on to demand, supply, inventory, and transportation planning.

In addition, we have completely rewritten Chapter 17 on information technology in the supply chain. Here we develop a new framework for supply chain software that we feel provides a much improved view of where enterprise software is headed. And finally, we have updated all of the remaining chapters, adding new ideas and examples, to keep the book on the forefront of supply chain management.

The book is targeted towards an academic as well as a practitioner audience. On the academic side, it should be appropriate for MBA students, engineering masters students, and senior undergraduate students interested in supply chain management and logistics. It should also serve as a suitable reference for both concepts as well as methodology for practitioners in consulting and industry.

There are many people we would like to thank who helped us throughout this process. We thank the reviewers whose suggestions significantly improved the book: Zhi-Long Chen, University of Maryland; Michael G. Kay, North Carolina State University; Ronald Lau, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology/University of South Dakota; Gregory N. Stack, Northern Illinois University; Dr. Srinivas Talluri, Michigan State University; and Lawrence E. Whitman, Witchita State University. We are grateful to the students at the Kellogg School of Management who suffered through typo-ridden drafts of earlier versions of the book. Specifically, we thank Christoph Roettelle and Vikas Vats for carefully reviewing several chapters and solving problems at the end of the chapters. Our developmental editor, Libby Rubenstein, who read all our writing with a critical eye and raised all the right issues, was instrumental in improving the book. The book is much better because of her involvement. We would also like to thank our editor Tom Tucker and the staff at Prentice Hall for their effort with the book. Finally, we would like to thank you, our readers, for reading and using this book. We hope it contributes to all of your efforts to improve the performance of companies and supply chains throughout the world.

Sunil Chopra
Kellogg School of Management
Northwestern University

Peter Meindl
Stanford University

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    useful in school and in the real world

    for anyone - whether you be focused on operations, a general manager, brand manager, retail manager, or just interested in business, this book helps identify the key components of a supply chain to align strategically to your business. highly recommended.

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