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Supply-chain management/Cross Functional/Cross Organiztional

1. In what way does the Nokia supply chain management approach foster cross-functional and cross-organizational communications?

2. What makes e-based systems more effective than electronic data interchange (EDI) systems?

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1. In what way does the Nokia supply chain management approach foster cross-functional and cross-organizational communications?

Nokia sources its components and manufacturing process globally due to their high volume of sales around the world. Because of this it is able to make changes quickly while making a wide array of products at different locations. Nokia can do this because has a firm handle on its' inventory and supply chain at all times. It uses standardized processes around the world and this enables it to make changes quickly. Nokia's supply chain management works to make sure the right products are available at the right time to deliver to the customer. In order to foster cross-functional and cross-organizational communications this takes visionary executives who manage risk and embrace change. They empower an organization to search for solutions and use consensus and collaboration to make decisions.

Nokia prides itself on its' close co-operation with customers and suppliers, and according to its' website this allows "end-to-end efficiency and speed- key success factors for the entire supply chain."(http://www.nokia.com/corporate-responsibility/supply-chain/overview). The website goes on to state that by working with other stakeholders like NGO's, government and industry organizations Nokia is ...

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This detailed solution outlines how the Nokia supply chain management approach fosters cross-functional and cross-organizational communications. It also discusses what makes e-based systems more effective than electronic date interchange (EDI) systems. It includes links and examples.

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