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Kauppila, O., Valikangas, K., & Majava, J. (2020). Improving supply chain transparency between a manufacturer and suppliers: a triadic case study. Management and Production Engineering Review 11(3), 84–91.

Improving supply chain transparency between a manufacturer and suppliers : a triadic case study

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Author: Kauppila, Osmo1; Välikangas, Kaisu1; Majava, Jukka1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Industrial Engineering and Management, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: De Gruyter, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-12-03


This paper addresses supply chain transparency improvement in a triadic manufacturersupplier-supplier relationship. It investigates the problem of improving transparency using a set of interviews; then, a detailed problematization and a simulation model is formulated based on the results. The interview results show that there are two key issues to be considered: information systems issues related directly to transparency and capability issues related to utilizing transparency. The simulation results support developing capabilities by illustrating the effects of different options for coordinating material flow. The results of the study also indicate that while solutions to improve transparency can be relatively straightforward to implement, developing the capability to benefit from it can be more challenging, even in a well-established close partnership. In addition, suppliers may be hesitant to collaborate without active manufacturer involvement.

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Series: Management and production engineering review
ISSN: 2080-8208
ISSN-E: 2082-1344
ISSN-L: 2080-8208
Volume: 11
Issue: 3
Pages: 84 - 91
DOI: 10.24425/mper.2020.134935
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: This study is a part ofthe Reboot IoT Factory project, and we thank Business Finland and other project funders
Copyright information: © 2020 Authors. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.