SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.22 número1An empirical study of factors and cognisant measures for project quality in the design phase: A case of building projects in the Department of Building and Engineering Services of BotswanaImplementation of modular manufacturing in the clothing industry in KwaZulu-Natal: A case study índice de autoresíndice de assuntospesquisa de artigos
Home Pagelista alfabética de periódicos  

Serviços Personalizados



Links relacionados

  • Em processo de indexaçãoCitado por Google
  • Em processo de indexaçãoSimilares em Google


South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

versão On-line ISSN 2224-7890
versão impressa ISSN 1012-277X

S. Afr. J. Ind. Eng. vol.22 no.1 Pretoria  2011


An exploratory study of long supply chain competition: Selected cases in the South African aerospace sector



L.J. RichardsonI; D.R. SnaddonII

ISchool of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa,
IISchool of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa,




This article investigates how supply chains, especially long supply chains, compete in the South African aerospace industry. A multiple case study methodology is employed, involving six selected firms. Semi-structured interviews provide the primary source of data. Multiple case analysis identifies similarities in competitive dimension criteria for supplier-firm and customer-firm units in the supply chain. Results indicate that supplier-firm units compete on the basis of speed, dependability, quality, flexibility, and cost. Customer-firm units compete on the basis of speed, quality, and flexibility. The results also identify focus areas for future research into how long supply chains compete in the South African aerospace industry.


Hierdie artikel ondersoek hoe voorsieningskettings, veral uitgerekte kettings, meeding in die Suid-Afrikaanse lugvaartindustrie. 'n Meervoudige gevallestudie-metodologie is gevolg waartydens ses ondernemings bestudeer is. Semi-gestruktureerde onderhoude was die primêre bron van data. Meervoudige gevalle-analise identifiseer ooreenkomste in die mededingingskriteria vir leweransiers- en kliëntefirmas. Die resultate toon dat leweransiers kompeteer op spoed, betroubaarheid, kwaliteit, aanpasbaarheid en koste. Kliëntefirmas ding mee op grond van spoed, kwaliteit en aanpasbaarheid. Die resultate identifiseer fokusareas vir verdere navorsing op hierdie terrein.



“Full text available only in PDF format”





[1] Bales, R.R., Maull, R.S. & Radnor, Z. 2004. The development of supply chain management within the aerospace manufacturing sector. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Volume 9, Number 3, pp. 250-255.         [ Links ]

[2] Haupt, P. 2005. Assegai: A strategy for a sustainable, economical and growing aerospace industry., last accessed June 17, 2008.         [ Links ]

[3] Snaddon, D.R. & Reid, R. 2007. Diagnosis of selected composite manufacturers using 'In-site': An evaluation. Unpublished.         [ Links ]

[4] Yin, R.K. 2003. Case study research: Design and methods, 3rd ed. Sage Publications.         [ Links ]

[5] Snaddon, D.R. 1996. The manufacturing mix, Technovation, Vol. 16 No 8, pp. 385-396.         [ Links ]

[6] Harland, C.M., Lamming, R.C. & Cousins, P.D. 1999. Developing the concept of supply strategy, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol 19 No.7, pp. 650-673.         [ Links ]

[7] Stevens, J. 1989. Integrating the supply chain, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Materials Management, Vol. 19, No. 8, pp. 3-8.         [ Links ]

[8] Jain, V. & Benyoucef, L. 2008. Managing long supply chain networks: Some emerging issues and challenges. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 469-496.         [ Links ]

[9] Hayes, R.H. & Wheelwright, S.C. 1984. Restoring our competitive edge: Competing through manufacturing, John Wiley and Sons, New York.         [ Links ]

[10] Slack, N. 1991. The manufacturing advantage, Mercury, Chatham.         [ Links ]

[11] Gunasekaran, A. & Mcgaughey, R. 2002. Information technology/ information systems in 21st century manufacturing. International Journal of Production Economics, 75, pp. 1-6.         [ Links ]

[12] Slack, N., Chambers, S. & Johnston, R. 2007. Operations management, 5th ed, Prentice Hall.         [ Links ]

[13] Upton, D.M. 1994. The management of manufacturing flexibility. California Management Review, Winter, 36, 2, pp. 72 -89.         [ Links ]

[14] Stalk, G. Jr. & Hout, T.M. 1990. Competing against time - how time based competition is reshaping global markets, The Free Press, New York, NY.         [ Links ]

[15] Garvin, D.A. 1988. Managing quality. New York, Free Press.         [ Links ]

[16] Crosby, P.B. 1996. Quality is still free, McGraw-Hill.         [ Links ]

[17] Juran, J.M. & Godfrey, A.B. 1999. How to think about quality. Juran's quality handbook, 5th ed., McGraw-Hill.         [ Links ]

[18] Donovan, J.A. & Maresca, F.P. 1999. Supplier relations. Juran's quality handbook, 5th ed., McGraw-Hill.         [ Links ]

[19] Godfrey, A.B. 1999. Total quality management. Juran's quality handbook, 5th ed., McGraw-Hill, pp. 14.1-14.35.         [ Links ]

[20] Sako, M. 1991. The role of trust in Japanese buyer-supplier relationships, Ricerche Economiche, Vol. 45, pp. 449-474.         [ Links ]

[21] Ghosh, A. & Fedorowicz, J. 2008. The role of trust in supply chain governance. Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 14, No. 4 pp. 453-470.         [ Links ]

[22] Dyer, J.H. & Nobeoka, K. 2000. Creating and managing a high performance knowledge-sharing network: The Toyota case. Strategic Management Journal, 21, pp. 345-36.         [ Links ]

[23] Gupta, Y.P. & Goyal, S. 1989. Flexibility of manufacturing systems: Concepts and measurements. European Journal of Operational Research, 43, pp. 119-135.         [ Links ]

[24] Gerwin, D. 1993. Manufacturing flexibility: A strategic perspective. Management Science, Vol. 39, No. 4, pp. 395-410.         [ Links ]

[25] Vickery, S., Calantone R. & Droge C. 1999. Supply chain flexibility: An empirical study. Journal of Supply Chain Management, Summer, 35, 3 pp. 16-24.         [ Links ]

[26] Duclos, L.K., Vokurka, R.J. & Lummus, R.R. 2003. A conceptual model of supply chain flexibility. Industrial Management and Data Systems, 103/6, pp. 446-456.         [ Links ]

[27] McCutcheon, D.M. & Meredith, J.R. 1993. Conducting case study research in operations management. Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 11, pp. 239-256.         [ Links ]

[28] Miles, M.B. & Huberman, A.M. 1994. Qualitative data analysis: An expanded sourcebook. 2nd ed., Sage, Thousand Oaks, California. 166        [ Links ]



* Corresponding author.
1 The author was enrolled for an MSc Eng (Industrial) degree in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering, University of Witwatersrand.

Creative Commons License Todo o conteúdo deste periódico, exceto onde está identificado, está licenciado sob uma Licença Creative Commons