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Business and Management.
Purpose - Empirical results are provided which suggest that there is a need for more widespread adoption of supply chain management among Irish firms.
Design/methodology/approach - The Republic of Ireland is a small, open, trade-dependent economy and is one of the fastest growing economies in the developed world. However, due to rising costs, there is an increasing trend in Ireland to outsource lower function manufacturing processes to lower cost locations but to retain high skill functions (such as R&D). This trend, together with other factors such as its peripheral location, suggests that supply chain management is critical from an Irish perspective. In order to gain unique insights of current levels of awareness / adoption of SCM and the potential impact SCM could have on the competitiveness, a survey was conducted among 776 Irish firms.
Huber, B., Sweeney, E.: The Need for Wider Supply Chain Management Adoption: Empirical Results from Ireland. Supply Chain Management, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 245-248. 2007.