By Daniel Chicksand, Roy Staughton and Robert Johnston
Most organisations fail to optimise the return on their important business relationships. New research from Roy Staughton, Daniel Chicksand and Robert Johnston shows executives how to enhance competitive advantage by doing so.Read More
In the increasingly important context of inter-organisational relationships the quality of the connections between inter-dependent companies is becoming as important as the performance of each business. We live in a networked world where the health of the relationship between companies can significantly influence business success. Just like plant, capital and people, business relationships are key assets and our research shows they need to be measured and managed accordingly.
By Daniel Chicksand and Anne Touboulic,
A recent article in the Guardian newspaper1 (October, 2013), reporting on a roundtable discussion centered on creating sustainable supply chains in business, identified a number of key issues. Participant’s felt that with increased globalization companies were increasingly exposed to supply chain risks. Read More
These risk were driven by (a) disruptions due to environment disasters, resulting from climatic change, and (b) reputational risk, stemming from the working practices of suppliers in their chains. It was argued that to ensure a company’s long-term survival, resilience must be built into an organizations supply chain. Lastly, the article concluded that being green and focusing on sustainability is also a more efficient and profitable way of working.
By Andrew Cox and Daniel Chicksand
The adoption of lean practices internally may be appropriate for all participants in the industry, but the inter- organisational aspects of lean may not be easy to apply in practice, nor appropriate, for many participants in the food and farming industry in the UK. Read More
For some participants – especially the multiple retailers – the adoption of lean principles may lead to a positive outcome with stable and/or increasing profitability. For the majority of participants in these industry supply chains, however, the adoption of lean principles may result in a high level of dependency on buyers and to low or declining levels of profitability.