Supply chains and total product systems: a reader

Rhodes, Ed; Warren, James P. and Carter, Ruth eds. (2006). Supply chains and total product systems: a reader. Padstow, Cornwall, UK: Blackwells.

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This wide ranging reader locates supply chain management, lean production and related practice within the holistic concept of total product systems.It emphasises the importance of effective management of supply chains and supply networks across all stages of the complete cradle-to-grave product life cycle, including the phases of purchase by consumers and other end users, product use and support, and end-of-life reprocessing. It reflects the increasing importance of supply chain management to organisations of all types, across service sectors as well as in manufacturing. The readings are presented in four distinct sections, focusing on: theoretical and conceptual issues; inter-organisational relationships within product systems; achieving change within organisations; and particular issues and challenges for micro, small, and medium sized enterprises. The introductory chapter (by Ed Rhodes) establishes a framework for advancing policy and practice across total product systems. The readings are multi-disciplinary and international, appealing to a world-wide audience.

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