An exploration of buyer-supplier relationships and early supplier involvement within a New Zealand manufacturer's supply chain.
Supply Chain Management (SCM) emerged as a strategic device to gain competitive advantage, integrating buyers and suppliers into a seamless process incorporating the physical flow of goods from raw materials through manufacture and distribution; the corresponding information flows; and the management structures which control the supply chain. Early Supplier Involvement (ESI) is a buyer-supplier interface technique, where the suppliers' knowledge and technology are integrated into the buyers supply chain. This research explores the relevant literature surrounding SCM, buyer-supplier relationships, and ESI. Case studies were conducted so as to illustrate examples of a New Zealand manufacturer's supply chain, the relationship between that manufacturer and their supplier within that supply chain, and their ESI strategies. This dissertation offers a comparative analysis between the literature and the cases, highlighting areas of congruence, as well as several inconsistencies. It also offers some recommendations for New Zealand companies regarding SCM, the development of buyer-supplier relationships, and ESI strategies.
Advisor: Ruwhiu, Diane
Degree Name: Master of Business
Degree Discipline: Management
Keywords: Supply Chain Management; strategic; competitive advantage; Early Supplier Involvement,
Research Type: Dissertation