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Management of Supply Chains

How can concentrated clusters enhance the management of supply chains and improve overall firm performance? How might this management concept vary between international firms and domestic firms? What are the negatives of the concentrated cluster theory?

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DeWitt, T., Giunipero, L. C., & Melton, H. L., (2006). Clusters and supply chain management: the Amish experience. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management. Bradford: 36(4).

You should have 3-4 pages of written text plus a cover sheet and reference page. Use at least three different sources of information and annotate your sources of information appropriately on your reference page and within the text if necessary. You will be assessed on how well you apply your understanding of various location strategies, particularly with respect to the cluster theory. Research the many resources on the Internet to make your points and be sure to differentiate between international and domestic situations.

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Here are some references that might help with the development of your answer to the question 'how concentrated clusters can enhance the management of supply chains and improve overall firm performance?'

Business cluster

A business cluster is a network of connected businesses, suppliers, and associates in a specific field that are all located in the same geographical area. Clusters are thought to provide increased efficiency and productivity so businesses can be competitive on a national and global scale.

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Supply chain

Entire network of entities, directly or indirectly interlinked and interdependent in serving the same consumer or customer. It comprises of vendors that supply raw material, producers who convert the material into products, warehouses that store, distribution centers that deliver to the retailers and retailers who bring the product to the ultimate user. Supply chains underlie value-chains because, without them, no producer has the ability to give customers what they want, when and where they want, ...

Solution Summary

The management of supply chains are given. International firms and domestic firms for management concepts are given.