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Introduction to Supply Chain Management [Paperback]

Robert B. Handfield , Ernest L. Nichols Jr.
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12 Jun 1998 0136216161 978-0136216162 1

  • This is a core textbook for courses in Supply Chain Management, or a supplementary text for courses in Purchasing, Materials Management, and Logistics- all in the college of business.
  • Supply Chain Management is the culmination of discussions with procurement, logistics, and operations managers in a number of different industries. This text provides an introduction to the core tasks and challenges required to effectively manage a supply chain. This book is intended to provide students and managers with a topical discussion of what supply chains are, why they are important, and the types of challenges implicit in managing supply chains.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (12 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136216161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136216162
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 726,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The integration of organizations within a single supply chain is becoming recognized as a core competitive strategy that will distinguish the winners from the losers beyond the year 2000. As organizations seek to continuously service customers faster, cheaper, and better, managers have come to realize that they cannot do it alone, but that they must align themselves with the best organizations upstream and downstream in order to jointly reap the rewards. The authors of this book share unique insights gained from discussions with engineers, purchasing managers, operations managers, logistics managers, and sales personnel in several different industries. These experiences have been synthesized to create a managerial perspective of the core tasks and challenges required to effectively develop supply chains in the future. This text is unique, in that it describes a strategy that is evolving as we speak. While prior books have dealt with the individual processes associated with developing new products, buying materials, transforming them, and shipping them to customers, none have dealt with the integration of information and material flows across multiple organizations. Because supply chains involve members from every single function within organizations, the book has been written for a general audience, and is intended to provide insights into what a supply chain is, why it is becoming important, and the future challenges that lie ahead for managers.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview for Managers 26 July 1998
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I think this is a good introduction to Supply Chain Management. I would have enjoyed a more in-depth discussion of some of the competing products and technology. Important areas such as warehouse management, ERP and middleware, CSM and transportation were sorely missed but then again it is only 183 pages so it was not meant to be comprehensive. Not a bad book but not enough for those with a serious interest in this topic.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to SCM 29 Sep 1999
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The book provides an introduction to SCM. The three parts on information and material flows and partnerships cover basic issues of SCM well, but stay brief as intended by the authors. The separation of the three issues works out well. Still, the integration and interdependence of material and information flows might be presented clearer. The management of partnerships addresses a different conceptual framework, that really makes the difference of SCM to traditional relations to suppliers or customers. Students or managers looking for a first introduction to SCM will benefit from the book. Being concise always means to neglect certain aspects. Still, the covered topics provide the introduction, the book aims for. I plan to adopt parts of it for a course in SCM.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A must have SCM book but you need more! 21 Sep 1999
By Sarawoot Chittratanawat - Published on Amazon.com
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I finally decide to give a comment of this book after had it for a couple of year. Handfield and Nichols wrote this book *too* general and not emphasize in any research/application trend of Supply Chain Management(SCM). As a student, I found this book is the first -but not only one- book for anyone who doesn't know about the SCM. IF you do know and need a "concise book" that you can finish in a night, get this one. Another disadvantage is no technical definition and implementation issues. Case studies are ok -but again, too general.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview for Managers 26 July 1998
By masstech@home.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I think this is a good introduction to Supply Chain Management. I would have enjoyed a more in-depth discussion of some of the competing products and technology. Important areas such as warehouse management, ERP and middleware, CSM and transportation were sorely missed but then again it is only 183 pages so it was not meant to be comprehensive. Not a bad book but not enough for those with a serious interest in this topic.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Primer! 18 Sep 2000
By "frankkr" - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're looking for a place to start to understand Supply Chain Management--this is the book. The authors, who have done an outstanding job on the research--lots of research, have explained in a very down to earth and articulate way--the great need for SCM, the challenges, the roadmap to begin the journey, and what the future holds. A great "why to and how to book".
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very very introductory indeed! 11 Jan 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I found the book a (loose) collection of short descriptions of concepts. If you are looking for a "dictionary" of supply chain concepts, this is probably the cheapest way to obtain one. For an introductory course in SCM however, this book is way to basic. The authors have tried to make the book more serious by including some case studies (very superficial) with simulation experiments in chapter 5, but this make the whole book even less coherent. SO you have guessed by now I did not find the book worth the (low amount) of money.
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