Improving Supply Chain Effectiveness through Collaborative Project and Information Technology Governance Publication

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Proceedings of 2010 IEEE 17th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IE&EM2010), 2010, pp. 1351 - 1355
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The automotive industry comprises a complex network of supply chains which links the manufacturers to their numerous disparate suppliers. In a dynamic and uncertain supply chain environment, flexibility is the major challenge to manufacturers. In this complex network, decentralized and cross-company project management of automotive projects is the requisite mode of operation. Supply chain flexibility is thus contingent on close inter-company collaboration. It further requires the support of integrated inter-firm IT solutions and project governance frameworks to ensure consistent end-to-end value co-creation from the suppliers to the end customers of the manufacturer. From a case study of an automotive manufacturer, this paper proposes a combination of Collaborative Project Scorecard and Collaborative IT Governance for effective management of cross-company automotive projects and associated inter-firm IT systems integration to reduce inter-firm misunderstanding and mistrust so as to contribute towards attaining the 'controlled flexibility' goal of the automotive manufacturing supply chain.
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