Factors related to supply chain network members in SMEs

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to give a clear picture of the evidence for small and medium enterprises of what the key factors are affecting the performance of supply chain members (SCMs) and their impact. Design/methodology/approach - The authors conducted a survey of small and medium automotive enterprises. After a comprehensive search of the literature on effective factors requirements of supply chain actors (supplier, manufacturer, inventory, distribution, and information flow) 23 factors were identified, and collected data were analysed using SPSS software. Findings - The results show that among the 23 factors, the inventory level is the most significant factor for inventory with the highest percentage (91 per cent). This is followed by productivity to fill the order (88 per cent) and lead time of manufacturing (86 per cent) for manufacturer, and transportation flexibility (84 per cent) for distribution section. Research limitations/implications - Study limitation was that only the companies related to automotive sector were selected, and the number of usable questionnaires was fairly small. Practical implications - The results can help further by introducing a much better perception of effective factors that result in optimizing the practices of supply chain management techniques in order to enhance business performance. The findings also help build a new initiative to be performed by top management when attempting to strengthen partnership and integration among members. Originality/value - This research draws from institutional theory to contribute to the growing body of practical field and conceptual literature on supply chain integration and provides knowledge in assisting small- and medium-sized enterprises to clarify factors that affect SCMs in order to enhance and manage their operational processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-335
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Technology Management
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2016

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Keywords

  • Automotive
  • Effective factors
  • Malaysia
  • Small and medium size enterprises (SMEs)
  • Supply chain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Strategy and Management

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Factors related to supply chain network members in SMEs. / Awheda, Abdulghadar; Ab Rahman, Mohd Nizam; Ramli, Rizauddin; Arshad, Haslina.

In: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 27, No. 2, 07.03.2016, p. 312-335.

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