Collaborative improvement as an inspiration for supply chain collaboration

Raffaella Cagliano, Federico Caniato, Mariano Corso, J.F.B. Gieskes, H.G.A. Middel, Gianluca Spina

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    The battlefield of competition is today moving from the level of individual firms to the one of the extended enterprises, that is, networks of customers and their suppliers. This paper discusses how learning and continuous improvement today take place in processes based on daily collaboration at intercompany level, i.e. Extended Manufacturing Enterprises (EMEs). The purpose of the paper is to present a preliminary theory on Collaborative Improvement (CoI), i.e. continuous improvement at the EME level. Based on a literature review on Supply Networks, and Continuous Improvement and on evidence from two explorative case studies, the paper proposes a model for Collaborative Improvement in EMEs and discusses a research approach based on Action Research and Action Learning to further develop preliminary theory and actionable knowledge on how to foster and sustain CoI in EMEs.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationInspiring the Purchasing Community. Proceedings of the 11th IPSERA conference, 25-27 March 2002, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
    Place of PublicationEnschede
    Number of pages21
    Publication statusPublished - 2002
    Event11th Annual IPSERA Conference 2002: Inspiring the purchasing community - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
    Duration: 25 Mar 200227 Mar 2002
    Conference number: 11


    Conference11th Annual IPSERA Conference 2002


    • METIS-201644
    • supply networks
    • Continuous improvement
    • IR-42478
    • Extend ManufacturingEnterprises
    • Collaborative improvement

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