New research from Cranfield School of Management and Solving Efeso consultancy has revealed the key ingredients to developing and implementing supply chain strategies successfully. The survey of over 180 senior global supply chain professionals analyzed the strategic development and implementation process in some of the world's leading organizations.
The research found that the supply chain function is now widely recognized as an important part of the business with around two-thirds having senior supply chain representation in the boardroom. Alignment with corporate strategy and customer service were identified as the leading functional drivers of supply chain strategy. The most important supply chain performance drivers were found to be cost focus, customer lead-time and customer quality.
Commenting on the findings, Professor Richard Wilding from Cranfield's Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, said: "It is clear that in some organizations, supply chain management is still perceived as a means of reducing cost not as a means of achieving competitive advantage. Supply chain strategies should not be developed by individuals in isolation. Other departments such as marketing, IT and finance need to be held accountable, rather than just consulted, in the development and delivery of a firm's supply chain strategy."
Alan Waller, OBE and Vice President of Supply Chain Innovation at Solving Efeso, said: "Only 2 percent of respondents confirmed that their supply chain strategy implementation ran smoothly and on time and on budget. The three main causes of implementation failure were: company culture, lack of leadership and poor supply chain visibility. Barriers to strategic success were predominantly people-related, rather than due to technical barriers."
Visit www.som.cranfield.ac.uk/som/boardroomsurvey to download a copy of the report, Supply Chain Strategy in the Boardroom.
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