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  1. Should we be manufacturing close to home or far away? The answer is: both!

    “Where should we be manufacturing? Locally, or further afield, in low-wage countries? This is a question with which many companies struggle”, says Professor Robert Boute. The answer is dependent on a number of factors. Using a theoretical but realistic stock model, he has worked with Professor Jan Van Mieghem from the Kellogg School of Management to develop an elegant mathematical formula with which companies can calculate exactly how much they should manufacture locally, and how much they can manufacture offshore. The formula offers a clear insight into the impact of the various factors that play a role in the decision.

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    Integrated supply chain management (ISCM) at Eandis

    Eandis, the distributor of electricity in Belgium, is about to launch a multi-year multi-phase smart meter implementation project. This teaching case provides a detailed analysis of challenges faced by a (traditionally) asset-based organisation while being transformed to an info-based entity from the supply chain management perspective.

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    Sustainable supply chain: Case (A) Alpro – sustainable soybean supply chain and (B) C & A – sustainable cotton supply chain

    These two cases are part of a case series: C&A and Alpro. They provide insights into the challenges companies face in integrating sustainability in their global supply chain. The cases portray two very different companies but with many commonalties among which a global supply chain and active in the agricultural commodity supply chain (C&A in cotton, and Alpro in soybeans).

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    Supply chain managers: Functional experts today, innovative networkers tomorrow?

    Much has been written about the technical aspects of supply chain management: how to optimise safety stock, logistics, warehouse design, partners in the chain, and so on. But what about the supply chain organisation and the role and position of the supply chain manager? To find out how companies view their supply chain function today – and how this vital function is evolving into the future – Vlerick and research partners Möbius and Hudson conducted a survey of nearly 340 supply chain practitioners from a variety of industries.

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    The Production Dice Game

    The Production Dice Game is a powerful learning exercise that demonstrates the impact of variability and dependency on throughput and work-in-process inventory. The insights obtained by playing the game can also be extended to a service or supply chain context. The game can be played online, and the software can be downloaded for free.

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    Innovation keeps Flanders’ Logistics on Track

    Innovation leads to growth. That is what 5 success stories in the logistics sector clearly demonstrate. Flanders will still be an attractive focal-point for logistics activities tomorrow. Certainly if we convert weaknesses into opportunities.

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    The benefits of applying HRM practices to Supply Chain Management

    A review of research reveals that little has been done on the relation between Human Resource Management (HRM) and Supply Chain Management (SCM). This is surprising, when you think about it, because the better people are managed within and between organisations in supply chain relationships the better the supply chain functions.

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    Supply Chain Collaboration to create a competitive advantage

    Conventional wisdom among practitioners holds that supply chain collaboration yields significant performance improvements. It is also what many text books on supply chain management preach. Some even consider it a prerequisite for future competitive performance: according to Poirier and Bauer (2001), “future success no longer belongs to a single firm ... The future belongs to networks of supply.”

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