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Integrating the spare parts supply chain: an inter-disciplinary account

Martin, H, Syntetos, A, Parodi, A, Polychronakis, Y and Pintelon, L 2010, 'Integrating the spare parts supply chain: an inter-disciplinary account' , Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 21 (2) , pp. 226-245.

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    Abstract

    Purpose: this paper aims to substantiate the need for additional research into a more holistic and multidisciplinary approach to managing the supporting supply chains that may also capture contextual information, also pointing out emerging avenues for further scholarly contributions. Design/methodology/approach: the supply chain is viewed from a spare part consumer as well as from a supplier perspective. Key to the discussion is an accurate description of the maintenance demand pattern (MDP) known at the consumer’s side as a valuable information source for the entire supply chain. Findings: solving the spare parts supply chain puzzle exceeds the realms of a single scientific discipline and involves hard and soft sciences. Besides, extending on the quantitative modelling aspects of MDPs, soft modelling and analysis is needed to define cooperative settings in which the supply chain parties can operate effectively. Practical implications: in this paper, the authors argue for the sharing of the appropriately balanced combination of quantitative and qualitative information that is currently hidden, or exists in isolation, within supply chains. Debatably, such information sharing may potentially generate substantial benefits for all “players” within a given supply chain. Originality/value: this contribution is unique in the sense that it provides a most accurate characterization of MDPs based on the proven maintenance concept design theory. In addition, the supply chain problem is analysed in a realistic context, with an open and broad mindset rather than approaching this issue from a single hard science perspective.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Spare parts, maintenance, supply chain management, inventory management
    Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Operations and Global Logistics Management
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management
    Publisher: Emerald
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1741-038X
    Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
    Depositing User: Professor Aris Syntetos
    Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 12:00
    Last Modified: 20 Jan 2014 20:53
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18302

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