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Supply Base Reduction : Development and Application of a possible Reduction Process

Schönau, J. (2018) Supply Base Reduction : Development and Application of a possible Reduction Process.

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Abstract:With the increased importance of the purchasing department, supply management has evolved into a strategic function that has an important stake at the company’s success. For an efficient purchasing department, the supply base needs to be managed carefully and wisely and thus, many companies have concluded to keep the supply base small but qualitative. Thus, the term supply base reduction has increased its awareness in the past years. This study aims to create a supply base reduction process for a case company. The case company is a high-quality press manufacturer and the industry leader. Currently, the company is facing a too large supply base with the associated disadvantages, like high administrative cost and an unclear structure. Consequently, the firm tries to reduce its supply base in an efficient way but struggles in finding a solution. The purpose of this thesis is hence to create a process guideline that explores the possibility of a supply base reduction based on the example of one commodity group. The chance of reducing the supply base offers advantages, among others a restructuring of the supply base, so that the purchasing department can work in a more efficient way.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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