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Lean Supply Chain Management: A Handbook for Strategic Procurement

By Jeffrey P. Wincel

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Lean Supply Chain Management provides procurement and supplier development professionals with a powerful method and the associated tools for strategic procurement to transform from a cost center into a profitable organization. Lean methodologies are incorporated as the key factor in the supply chain strategy. The main premise of the book is that supply chain management is an enabler for successful lean implementations. Supply chain management and its practices should be treated as an extension of the organization and not considered separate.

A key factor that sets this book apart from other strategic procurement guides is that it considers the organization’s business condition as a contributing factor when developing the strategic procurement strategy. Approaches do not necessarily fit all organizations. The author recognizes this and provides a more individualized approach that is specific to organizations operating in standard or crisis environments.

Wincel begins by discussing the basic environmental foundation required for an integrated supply chain management and company strategy to survive and flourish. The second section examines the approaches and tools used when an organization is in a crisis environment. He discusses various change concepts to link short-term economic focus into long-term sustaining efforts. The short term demands and strategy can be developed without losing sight of long-term strategy.

The third section discusses tools and strategy for an integrated supply chain management effort in a normal economic environment. The tools offer a more balanced approach to cost, quality, and delivery and encompass a larger portion of the total supply chain management discipline. The final section integrates the broader supply chain elements with the implementation of lean manufacturing tools.

Wincel begins by discussing the basic environmental foundation required for an integrated supply chain management and company strategy to survive and flourish. The second section examines the approaches and tools used when an organization is in a crisis environment. He discusses various change concepts to link short-term economic focus into long-term sustaining efforts. The short term demands and strategy can be developed without losing sight of long-term strategy. The third section discusses tools and strategy for an integrated supply chain management effort in a normal economic environment. The tools offer a more balanced approach to cost, quality, and delivery and encompass a larger portion of the total supply chain management discipline. The final section integrates the broader supply chain elements with the implementation of lean manufacturing tools.

Highlights of this book include:

  • Methods for developing and tracking strategic procurement initiatives.
  • Planning in the "standard" and "crisis" environments.
  • Coordinating supply chain management and lean manufacturing.
  • Performance measurement tools.

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