Paper info: Portfolios In Supply Network Management: An Analysis Of A Finnish Company In The Electro Technical Industry.
Portfolios In Supply Network Management: An Analysis Of A Finnish Company In The Electro Technical Industry.
Helsinki School of Economics
Place of Publication
The paper was published at the 19th IMP-conference in Lugano, Switzerland in 2003.
The aim of this study is to analyze the use of portfolios in supply network management. We discuss briefly the literature on supply network strategies and supplier portfolios, but we focus on analyzing empirically one case: a Finnish company in the electro technical industry. We also resort to some survey information on purchasing of ten companies in the field. We conclude that the companies have been active in developing close cooperative relations with their suppliers. However, both a more extensive supplier network analysis and a portfolio view that considers the variety in supplier relations are largely missing.Keywords: purchasing strategies, supplier relations, portfolios.