Discussion Questions

  1. Supply chain dynamics can cause excessive costs and poor customer service. Explain how the redesign of a supply chain can help to mitigate the effects of supply chain dynamics.

  2. The inclusion of a disruptive technology in a firm’s supply chain puts pressure on supply chain integration and has implications for how the four core processes are managed. Explain how additive manufacturing affects each core process. Which competitive priorities does it support?

  3. Chrysler and General Motors vigorously compete with each other in many automobile and truck markets. When Jose Ignacio Lopez was vice president of purchasing for GM, he made it clear that his buyers were not to accept luncheon invitations from suppliers. Thomas Stalcamp, ...

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