A Case Study Approach for Developing Supply Chain Management Models

by A. K. M. Nurol Huda, Bishwajit Banik Pathik, Ashfaque A. Mohib, Md. Mamun Habib

2014

Abstract

This descriptive analysis exemplifies various events in sequence to design conceptual Supply Chain Management (SCM) model for JMI Group in order to explain different functions under SCM department. JMI Group, one of the prominent and diversified universal corporations in Bangladesh, was established in April 1999 and comprised of 12 subsidiary enterprises covering both manufacturing and service industries. Its SCM organization is framed based on primary data, i.e. interviewing top management, other stakeholders and secondary data like official documents, internal reports, websites, books, journals, conferences, etc. This paper develops conceptual structure for JMI group, principally a holistic view, simplified models for individual company and integrated models signifying manufacturing process and service process. The individual models exemplify distinct supply chain management for all the subsidiary companies. Each framework methodically establishes suppliers in terms of internal and external, process through the manufacturing and service industries, customers, i.e. internal and external, and finally the end users.

The integrated models illustrate that the subsidiary companies of JMI Group are interlinked with each other through complex networks in terms of either internal supplier or internal customer either as manufacturing or service industry. These suggested models would be appropriate towards all other group of companies in developing countries those intend to put into practice modern supply chain management perception into the business. This case study would expose the additional frontiers for potential researchers as well as practitioners to pursue research on SCM for the conglomerates locally and internationally as well as to implement model for real life application respectively.

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