Title: Supply Chain Management in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Language: English
Authors: Linder, Thomas
Qualification level: Diploma
Advisor: Kopacek, Peter
Issue Date: 2011
Number of Pages: 76
Qualification level: Diploma
This master's thesis evaluates different methods in Supply Chain Management with a special focus on their use in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Whereas there are lots of methods regarding Supply Chain Management which are already implemented in Large Enterprises such as the automobile industry and its suppliers and which are well documented in literature, only some of them are applicable to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises due to various restrictions. This work selects existing methods and evaluates them regarding their potential and their requirements for use in the limited and restricted environments of SMEs.
Although a large number of methods exist, only the most promising are selected and analyzed in a more detailed way. These methods include principles based on Lean Supply Chain Management, Agile Supply Chain Management, Kanban, Supply Chain Networks and Sustainable Supply Chain Management. The second part is dedicated to recent technologies (ERP, RFID) which can be used to support the task of Supply Chain Management.
These new trends can be implemented in SMEs without requiring too much personnel and support SMEs in their daily work not only regarding the supply chain. The reason for this work is to show SMEs how they can improve their supply chain processes to leverage additional potential.
This could result in new possibilities for SMEs without having to account for a large increase in staff and system knowledge which in turn reduces costs. The result of this work shows that there are methods which can be used effectively in SMEs, how they can be applied and which limitations exist.
URI: https://resolver.obvsg.at/urn:nbn:at:at-ubtuw:1-51749
Library ID: AC08863337
Organisation: E017 - Weiterbildungszentrum der TU Wien 
Publication Type: Thesis
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