Chapter 30 Supply Chains, Outsourcing, and Innovation

Supply chains are as simple and as complex as chicken and egg problems. To have your breakfast you have to get the egg from the chicken and then get the egg into your skillet. That is a simple supply chain. Of course, you must have gotten your skillet from somewhere, which had to get the raw materials that were combined to make your skillet. Then your heating source, probably a stove had to come from somewhere and that fuel used to heat the skillet likely got mined and transported. As you take apart the components involved in your breakfast, the supply chain has become more complex. Supply chains have been critical to business forever. During the nineteenth century, pioneering industrialist ...

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