1. Full Bibliographic reference
Author: Stephan Vachon, Alain Halley and Martin Beaulieu
Title: Aligning competitive priorities in the supply chain: the role of interactions with suppliers
Journal Name: International Journal of Operation Production Management
Volume: Vol. 29, No. 4, 2009
Page Number: 322-340
2. Introduction: Objectives, Article Domain and Audience
The objective of this article is to study the linkage between the degree of alignment of competitive priorities in the supply chain, based on the traditional competitive priorities such as cost, quality, ﬂexibility and delivery. This article also examine the type of interactions with suppliers either an arm’s length approach or a more cooperative approach.
The article’s intended audience is focus for academia and organization that have background on operation management so that they can understand and using this article for their references.
3. Very brief Summary
The issue that motivates this article is due to the success of organizations in the global marketplace based on strategic alignment in the supply chain, assessed by the degree of matching between supply management and market requirements as nowadays, organizations are competing not only with their internal capabilities but also on their abilities to leverage capabilities in the supply chain.
Based on this article, to solve the issue is by designing a responsive supply chain that should be mainly focus on speed and ﬂexibility when selecting suppliers while the adoption of an efficient supply chain that lead to supplier selection based on cost and driven by demands from the market and the customers. The authors also used an arm’s length approach, in the interaction with suppliers which is primarily used to maintain competition in the supply base, therefore putting pressure on suppliers to reduce their prices. In the other words, it is expected that this kind of approach would be linked to a supply chain that aims to be...