Quality and Power in the Supply Chain

Author: James Lamprecht
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780080515496
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Quality and Power in the Supply Chain reconciles two divergent worlds for the beleaguered quality manager. The first is that of quality and managerial fads, promoted by quality professionals and the quality 'industry' - with its seminars, certification programs and the pressures of an ever increasing number of international standards, state and national legislation and powerful corporations. The second is a virtual antithesis to this world of mission statements, quality policies, procedures and statistical techniques, and is embodied in the international phenomenon that is the Dilbert (TM) cartoon strip. Across America and Europe millions of ordinary employees revel in the truths that are exposed concerning corporate absurdities and a blind reliance upon acronym-laden quick-fixes. Here you will find the gap bridged between the vast literature of quality fads (including the recent tranche of international standards) and that more humorous portrayal of these worlds. The origins of today's quality ideology and industry is traced, followed by a description of how the quality profession popularizes, promotes and ultimately benefits from the fads that come and go. Finally it is shown that despite the propaganda of the profession, there is a separate reality to "quality" and that management principles in this field can only ever be a small limiting factor in corporate success. Addresses a vital aspect of Supply-chain Management, one of todays hottest management topics From a widely and internationally published quality author and professional The "Emperors Clothes" for the Quality profession

Supply Chain Management

Author: René de Koster
Publisher: Copenhagen Business School Press DK
ISBN: 9788763001489
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The popularity of Supply Chain Management in theory and practice is still increasing. This book provides a unique overview of current research trends and practices in the field from European scholars.

An Introduction to Quality Assurance for the Retailers

Author: Pradip V. Mehta
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595313620
Format: PDF
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"This book is a wonderful resource with extensive references. It outlines proven, practical techniques to reduce costs, improve quality and enhance customer satisfaction. It's a MUST HAVE for retailers and consumer products manufacturers as well as a terrific educational resource."-Kenneth L. Wilson, Director, Quality Assurance(Retd.), Army & Air Force Exchange Service(AAFES) "Not only retailers but all manufacturers and importers should closely study this important work. It offers practical step by step guidance on all aspects of Quality Assurance in an easy to read format that anyone can understand and implement."-Thomas F. Bennett, Director of Quality Assurance, J. C. Penney Company, Inc. "This is a comprehensive text that explains in simple terms the complex business of product quality assurance. Pradip Mehta shares his years of experience in this field making this book an excellent reference for novice and expert alike."-Donald L. Mays, Vice President, Retail & Consumer, Product Services, ETL SEMKO Division, Intertek, Testing Services(ITS) and Former Technical Director, Good Housekeeping Institute "Pradip Mehta breaks new ground as he examines the world of Retail Quality Assurance. The author sheds light on this fascinating subject and does this in style that is eminently readable. A must-read for Retailers setting up a QA function, Suppliers, professionals in the areas of Quality Assurance and Certification and Inspection services."-Ram Ramaswamy, Global Program Manager, Commercial Inspection and Testing Services, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

First Time Right Procurement

Author: Oliver Münch
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3658086203
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Based on more than 10 years of practical experience in the field of supply chain management, Oliver Münch indicates that in favor of sustainability within the supply chain the paradox purchasing savings can and should be substituted with the approach of the First-Time-Right Procurement. This dissertation subjects the monetary measurement of purchasing savings to a critical examination and questions whether it still applies. It indicates that monetary purchasing savings exert a negative impact on sustainable company success. In order to achieve a long-term sustainable success, it is proposed that the monetary measurement of purchasing savings can be replaced by measuring process times within the procurement organization.

On Competition

Author: Michael E. Porter
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 1422155625
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For the past two decades, Michael Porter's work has towered over the field of competitive strategy. On Competition, Updated and Expanded Edition brings together more than a dozen of Porter's landmark articles from the Harvard Business Review. Five are new to this edition, including the 2008 update to his classic "The Five Competitive Forces That Shape Strategy," as well as new work on health care, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and CEO leadership. This collection captures Porter's unique ability to bridge theory and practice. Each of the articles has not only shaped thinking, but also redefined the work of practitioners in its respective field. In an insightful new introduction, Porter relates each article to the whole of his thinking about competition and value creation, and traces how that thinking has deepened over time. This collection is organized by topic, allowing the reader easy access to the wide range of Porter's work. Parts I and II present the frameworks for which Porter is best known--frameworks that address how companies, as well as nations and regions, gain and sustain competitive advantage. Part III shows how strategic thinking can address society's most pressing challenges, from environmental sustainability to improving health-care delivery. Part IV explores how both nonprofits and corporations can create value for society more effectively by applying strategy principles to philanthropy. Part V explores the link between strategy and leadership.

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