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Definitive Guides for Supply Chain Management Professionals (Collection) by Nada Sanders, Tate Wendy, Haozhe Chen, C. Clifford Defee, Joe B. Hanna, Gibson Brian J., Brian C. Keller, Scott B. Keller, Robert Frankel

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3. Key Strategic Principles

Efficient and effective supply chains do not evolve naturally. A great deal of detailed planning, coordination, and negotiation is needed between stakeholders to create a supply chain with a logical structure, streamlined flows, and integrated processes. Reaching this level of supply chain coordination requires a deliberate and unified focus on leveraging beneficial supply chain principles. There must also be a conscientious effort to align supply chain strategies among the participating organizations. And awareness of potential supply chain barriers must be maintained. A failure to align participants along all three elements will lead to conflict and a fragmented supply chain that is incapable of reaching its potential. ...

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