Supply Chain Management

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Professionalization of Supply Chain & Operations management Practices in West Michigan Family Owned Businesses

Pellathy, Dan

Not Yet Published



A Case Study Analysis of Logistics and Supply Chain Management Strategies in Small and Medium Enterprise Family Owned Businesses in India

Jayaram, Jayanth - University of South Carolina
Motwani, Jaideep - Grand Valley State University
Dixit, Mita - BITS Pilani University

Supply chain management capability of small and medium sized family businesses in India: A multiple case study approach

International Journal of Production Economics

January 2014

Supply chain management has emerged as a vital capability of operational excellence for companies in India, which is currently one of the fastest growing emerging economies. Indian business is dominated by small and medium sized enterprises (SME). With a smaller size, narrow span of operations, and scarce resources, these businesses tend to be less advanced in their supply chain management (SCM) capabilities compared to large organizations. SMEs are predominantly owned and managed by families. Owners make strategic decisions, control and manage operations and therefore their attitude towards growth, risk appetite, and level of professionalism has a huge impact on the business. This research attempts to explore the relationships that “family-business” characteristics has on supply chain management capabilities of small and medium sized family businesses (SMFBs) in the Indian context. Our research framework is based on the interaction of two independent disciplines of research which makes a hermeneutic interpretative studies approach an appropriate lens to examine the intersection of family business and supply chain management. We use a within-case interpretive analysis of six manufacturing companies in diverse sectors to identify key constructs in the domain of “family-business” and “supply-chain management”. We then analyze the level of these constructs through across-case interpretive analyses. Finally, we use the pattern of across-case analyses to develop a set of propositions that link the relationships between the constructs of family business and supply chain management capabilities. Implications of these propositions for theory building and managerial practice are offered.

Case Study Analysis 


Dynamic Capabilities in Family Firms: A Knowledge-Based Approach

Chirico, Francesco - University of Lugano
Salvato, Carl - University of Bocconi – Italy

Knowledge Internalization and Product Development in Family Firms: When Relational and Affective Factors Matter


January 2014

Understanding the forces that support and inhibit product development (PD) in family firms is central to explaining their long‐term success and survival. Our study reveals that social capital and relational conflict among family members do not affect PD directly, as existing theory suggests, but only through the internalization of knowledge among family members. In contrast, family members’ affective commitment to the family firm is so powerful that it has both a mediated and a direct effect on PD. These results differ across generations of the controlling family, therefore offering an extension of existing theories of knowledge and PD in family firms.

Dynamic Capabilities in Family Firms: A Knowledge-Based Approach


The Impact of Lean Manufacturing on Family Firm Performance and Internal Stakeholder Relationships

Robinson, Alan G. - University of Massachusetts
Wooldridge, Bill - University of Massachusetts

Not Yet Published


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