The readings are presented in four distinct sections, focusing on: theoretical and conceptual issues; inter–organizational relationships within product systems; achieving change within organizations; and particular issues and challenges for micro, small, and medium–sized enterprises. An introductory chapter by the editors establishes a framework for advancing policy and practice across total products system. The readings are interdisciplinary and international , appealing to a world–wide audience.
Part I: Theoretical and Conceptual Issues.
From Supply Chains to Total Production Systems. (Ed Rhodes).
Supply Chain Management: Relationships, Chains and Networks. (Christine M. Harland).
Globalisation and Unequalisation: What Can Be Learnt from Value Chain Analysis? (Raphael Kaplinsky).
Lean Production and the Toyota Production System Or, the Case of the Forgotten Production Concepts. (Ian Hampson).
Lean Production in a Changing Competitive World: A Japanese Perspective. (Hiroshi Katayama and David Bennett).
Industrial Relations Implications in US Grocery Distribution. (John Lund and Christopher Wright).
Intangibles: The Soft Side of Innovation: Pim den Hertog, Rob Bilderbeek and Sven Maltha.
The Environmental Challenge for Supply–Chain Management. (Quentin Leiper, Paul Riley and Sally Uren).
Part II: Interorganizational Relationships.
Buyer Supplier Relationships: A Case Study of a Japanese and Western Alliance. (Shiran Cooray and Janek Ratnatunga).
Avoid the Pitfalls in Supplier Development. (Robert B. Handfield, Daniel R. Krause, Thomas V. Scannell and Robert M. Monczka).
Japanese Automakers, US Suppliers and Supply Chain Superiority. (Jeffrey K. Liker and Yen–Chun Wu).
Innovation and Competition in UK Supermarkets. (Mark Harvey).
The Similarity and Heterogeneity Theses in Studying Innovation: Evidence from the End–of–Life Vehicle Case. (Frank Den Hond).
Supply Chains and Management Accounting. (A. J. Berry, J. Cullen and W. Seal).
Approaches to Child Labour in the Supply Chain. (Diana Winstanley, Joanna Clark and Helena Leeson).
Part III: Change Within Organizations.
Manufacturing Strategy Regained: Evidence for the Demise of Best–Practice. (Alan Pilkington).
A Third–Culture Plant. (J. J. Fucini and S. Fucini).
Lean Production: A Study of Application in a Traditional Manufacturing Environment. (L. Bamber and B. G. Dale).
Lean Production and Sustainable Competitive Advantage. (Michael A. Lewis).
Supporting Small Businesses in their Transition to Lean Production. (M. L. Emiliani).
Change Processes Towards Lean Production: The Role of the Management Accounting System: Pär Åhlström and Christer Karlsson.
Target Costing as a Strategic Tool. (John K. Shank and Joseph Fisher).
Supply–Chain Management for Recoverable Manufacturing Systems. (V. Daniel R. Guide, Jr, Vaidyanathan Jayaraman, Rajesh Srivastava and W. C. Benton).
Part IV: Issues for SMEs.
The Secrets of Industry are in the Air or On the Jungle Drums in the Village : Traded and Untraded Knowledge and Expertise Interdependencies between SMEs. (J. R. Bryson and P. W. Daniel).
Global Production and Local Jobs: Can Global Enterprise Networks Be Used as Levers for Local Development? (Florence Palpacuer and Aurelio Parisotto).
The Role of an Integrator Organisation in a Virtual Supply Chain. (Frank Cave, Chris West and Alan Matthews).
Issues on Partnering: Evidences from Subcontracting in Aeronautics. (Fernand Amesse, Liliana Dragoste, Jean Nollet and Silvia Ponce).
Implementation of Just–in–Time Methodology in a Small Company. (Surendra M. Gupta and Louis Brennan).
Learning from Others: Benchmarking in Diverse Tourism Enterprises. (Michele Cano, Siobhan Drummond, Chris Miller and Steven Barclay).
E–business and E–supply Strategy in Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SMEs). (B. A. Wagner, Ian Fillis and U. Johansson).
James Warren is Staff Tutor in Technology at the Open University in the East of England, and is a member of CASCAID and the Energy and Environment Research Unit (EERU).
Ruth Carter is Staff Tutor in Technology at the Open University in Yorkshire, and is a member of CASCAID.