Purchasing, Logisitcs and Operations Management — The Three amigos?

Fawcett et al. (2005)* state that professional associations such as CSCMP, AST&L, WERC, ISM, APICS:

…are entering the supply chain space from diverse directions, giving professionals a variety of eduational resources to chose from”.

In terms of academic disciplines, these organisations refer to logistics, purchasing and operations management. This trend does neither start or stop at professional organisations; academic journals, textbooks…and academics within logistics, purchasing and operations management have in the recent years all extended their domain of management and investication to include the supply chain.

The question is whether this ramification will break the functional silo mentality, that in my opinion may be a phenomena that resides in organisations, but is not necessarily created by them?!

Are these disciplines the Three Amigos?

…Blue shadows on the trail.
Little cowboy, close your eyes and dream…


*Source: Fawcett, Stanley E. and Stephen M Rutner (2005), The state of Supply chain education, Supply Chain Management Review, Sept, v9 i6 p55(6)

8 responses to “Purchasing, Logisitcs and Operations Management — The Three amigos?

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  3. The real question to me is “what is supply chain management?” Is it logistics on steroids? Is it purchasing, operations, and logistics together? Is is the SCOR model? In an article by Matthew W. McCarter, Stanley E. Fawcett and Gregory M. Magnan “The effect of people on the supply chain world: Some overlooked issues,” in Human Systems Management 24 (2005) 197–208. They had the following citation: Alkadi et al. [3] examined the effects of IT on business. One of their five case studies involved a high-tech fitness-goods manufacturer, and their adoption of various IT to improve supply chain performance. At the end of their study they concluded:
    Everything from supply chain management to customer satisfaction can be solved using IT. . . .
    Clearly, IT will continue to change the way we do
    business in the world today. Many aspects of business have been drastically changed by advancements in technology. New technologies are allowing us to communicate better and . . . All of these technological advances have greatly increased the speed and efficiency with which people do business. By taking full advantage of technology, businesses can achieve profits and success beyond their wildest dreams [3, p. 103], italics added.” So is SCM really just effective use of IT?

    Now, I personally believe that if it takes all the business functions (Marketing, Sales, Finance, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Logistics, R&D, etc.) to manage a single company, you should have all those functions involved managing a network of companies (which is what I believe a supply chain is). More and more companies are buying in to this approach that all functions should be involved in managing the supply chain. But I am asking myself…where is the cross-functional research in supply chain management? Where do you see marketing and finance researcher working together with logistics researchers on a supply chain problem? I for one did not see any good example to this.

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