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International Supply Chain Relationships
Creating Competitive Advantage in a Globalized Economy
Multinational corporations have developed networks of production that stretch across the globe. They have done this in order to maximize their ability to service their customers in markets worldwide, exploit greater opportunities for growth, maximize their profitability and increase their business value. It is the strength and quality of the relationships and connections that we build with other players that will ultimately determine the effectiveness and the success of our business. International Supply Chain Relationships looks at these complex connections, covering long-term inter-organizational relationships, situational inter-organizational relationships, multi-disciplinary global engineering teams, technologies and innovations, supply chain communication, supply chain coordination, and future trends.
International Supply Chain Relationships aims to provide supply chain practitioners in any type of business with ideas, tools and strategies that they can readily access, interpret and put into practice speedily and pragmatically to create value for their own international business. In many instances, supply chain projects bring together people from different disciplines who may come from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Add in long distances and different time zones and the complexities and challenges of sustaining successful working relationships increase even more. This book provides case studies which illustrate how to manage these arrangements effectively.
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"The outcome of the 2016 UK Brexit referendum sent shockwaves throughout the Irish manufacturing sector, but particularly through Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) focussed on a single market. As sterling plunged, the certainties of making a living out of the British market evaporated to be replaced by the anxieties of building business further afield. For anyone facing into these challenges, Patrick Daly's new book is invaluable. Not only is it an easy to read that encourages SME exporters to try harder and smarter, but it also alerts them to the threats to their own business from firms previously not interested in their local market. In a rapidly changing world of new trade deals, IT and logistics platforms, this book could run to several editions."--Howard Knott, MA, FCILT Logistics consultant to the Irish Exporters Association and columnist for Fleet Transport "Patrick Daly has written an understandable roadmap for business people working to navigate the complexities of globalization and international supply chains. It simplifies, but is in no way simplistic. Read this book - and learn from one of the best."--Rebecca Morgan, President, Fulcrum ConsultingWorks Inc, Cleveland OH, USA "International Supply Chain relationships are in flux, with the rise of nationalistic sentiment and looming trade wars. It is critical that professionals that understand and appreciate the economic and social benefits of global supply chain relationships champion their evolution. This book is a very valuable contribution to this complex topic. Very few possess Patrick's deep understanding of International Supply Chains, from the basic nuts and bolts of how supply chains function to the global strategies that enable them. This book is very timely, and a must read for all engaged or interested in International Supply Chain Relationships."--Joseph Heffernan, Merck KGaA, Head of Production & Materials Planning "It is critical that professionals that understand and appreciate the economic and social benefits of global supply chain relationships champion their evolution. This book is a very valuable contribution to this complex topic. Very few possess Patrick's deep understanding of International Supply Chains, from the basic nuts and bolts of how supply chains function to the global strategies that enable them. This book is very timely, and a must read for all engaged in International Supply Chain Relationships"--Joseph Heffernan, Merck KGaA, Head of Production & Materials Planning "Patrick has 3 decades of successful project completion on several continents which includes my own previous employer, Procter & Gamble. His learning has been gleaned from those experiences and is reflected all through this book. It is my pleasure to recommend this excellent publication."--Liam Cassidy, Managing Director, LCL Consult.com, Dublin and Shanghai "We tend to acknowledge globalization and inter-connectedness, but when asked for details tend to describe some kind of Rubik's Cube that can only be solved by a savant. In this intriguing book, Patrick Daly provides the clear, pragmatic reality of international supply chains and how to create and exploit them toward greater profit and success. Forget the puzzle and listen to the expert."--Alan Weiss, PhD, author, Million Dollar Consulting and over 50 other books in 15 languages, Rhode Island, USA "The increasingly global complexion of supply chains brings myriad challenges for firms across all sectors. This book's publication is very timely in this context. International Supply Chain Relationships brings Patrick's unique insights from his extensive international experience to his fellow supply chain professionals in a highly accessible manner."--Dr. Edward Sweeney, Professor of Logistics and Systems at Aston University, UK "Patrick Daly has proved his expertise on many occasions and his advice has always been of great help in everything related to logistics regardless of whether the interested party was a large corporation or a SME. In this book, Patrick puts part of his expertise and experience within reach of anyone who needs to improve the value chain of their products and services. He provides a clear view of the opportunities that are available to all anywhere in the world. Thank you Patrick for shining some light into the deep, dark world of globalization."--Miguel Diaz, Zalia Logistics Platform, Asturias, Spain, CEO (retired) "Patrick eloquently captures the reality that the modern world is a highly connected place that operates as an integrated system, and the associated trade related cause and effects. He offers some interesting food for thought in a world where increasingly the politics of national self-interest is usurping the politics of mutual interest and challenges some of the misconceptions of globalization, the most positive effect of which is, in my opinion, to help lift approximately one billion people out of abject poverty in the developing world over the last 20 years, and create new future global markets for goods and services."--Kevin Martin, Global Procurement Director, Pharmaceuticals/ FMCG.