The purpose of this paper is to introduce a special issue that looks at how enterprises could build competitive advantage through supply chain management.
The paper provides an overview of competitiveness within a supply chain framework, introduces the issue papers and summarizes their major features.
Nowadays competition is increasingly between supply chains rather than individual companies. Thus, one would expect supply chain management to be a key in maintaining enterprises competitiveness. Through conceptual models and empirical studies this special issue's papers demonstrate how designing and operating efficient supply chains, through the effective use of information technology, can provide enterprises with a competitive advantage.
The paper implies that enterprises can associate with a supply chain and develop a mechanism to fairly share surpluses. The papers in the special issue offer insight in to how an enterprise can position itself within a supply chain and how risks and profits can be shared equitably.
The paper introduces articles that report on practical implementation issues of supply chain principles.
The paper suggests a unified framework for the special issue papers.