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Impacts of supply chain management on competition: Working paper series--02-10

Hildred, William and Pinto, James (2002) Impacts of supply chain management on competition: Working paper series--02-10. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.


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The American food supply system provides a clear illustration of recent institutional evolution and some likely future outcomes of "supply chain management" (SCM), a required component of the curriculum in many business schools. In the extreme, recommended SCM practices seek to maximize profits for the entire chain of firms involved in bringing a product to consumers, even if the profits of individual firms within the group are reduced. This requires obliteration of many traditional competitive relationships among businesses. Much of the thrust of SCM is accomplished through contractual arrangements that leave intact the independent status of the firms involved. However, several models exist in which firms bend others to their wills and lessen competition through various SCM practices. The antitrust bar has taken note of these situations, but textbooks on SCM and Principles of Economics ignore the issue, to the detriment of understanding.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Publisher’s Statement: Copyright, where appropriate, is held by the author.
ID number or DOI: 02-10
Keywords: Working paper, supply chain management, anti-trust bar, American food supply system
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: The W.A. Franke College of Business
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 22:47
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1627

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