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The aim of this paper is to present a conceptual framework that allows the sourcing activity within a SME engaged in manufacturing and design, to be evaluated strategically.
This framework was initially conceived and used whilst in the role of Global Supply Chain manager within a small UK based electronics manufacturer and subsequently developed in a variety of settings. It draws upon the resource-based view of strategy. The sourcing activity of a company is presented as a conceptual framework depicted as a triangle, each apex representing one dimension of sourcing. Each dimension is, in turn,
presented as a triangle with each apex representing an element of sourcing. An integral feature of the triangle is how the different elements of the triangle contribute to the overall performance of the sourcing activity. This framework provides a systemic view of sourcing, addressing the aims, means and actualisation of the sourcing activity. It offers those responsible for sourcing (e.g. supply chain managers) within a SME a tool to guide the evaluation of the sourcing activity in a systematic and systemic manner, focusing attention upon issues that might be taken-for-granted and overlooked (e.g. existing practices, competencies). This aids the generation of a strategic view and also the
subsequent development of the sourcing activity. The framework presents a novel conceptual and strategic view of sourcing, which focuses attention not only upon a SME’s relationship with suppliers, but also upon the effectiveness what is occurring within the company to support these relationships.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh Business School
ISBN (Print)978-1-906816-13-1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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NameUniversity of Edinburgh Business School Working Paper Series


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