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Collaborative Principles for Better Supply Chain Practice

Collaborative Principles for Better Supply Chain Practice

Value Creation Up, Down and Across Supply Chains

Norman McLennan

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Adopt new supply chain practices and ways of thinking with this thoroughly researched cross-industry manual for collaboration.

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About the book

Hyper competition and globalization mean that markets are changing. There is aggressive competition, shortening product life cycles, financial pressures and ever more demanding customers and consumers. Companies need to adopt new practices and new ways of thinking, so they are looking at collaboration across supply chains to become more sustainable, efficient and economical. Collaborative Principles for Better Supply Chain Practice looks at behavioural and commercial collaborative business principles and their application by means of case studies which showcase collaboration success across the private, public and 3rd sectors.

Collaborative Principles for Better Supply Chain Practice covers different perspectives: the client looking down the supply chain, the suppliers looking up the supply chain and the inter-dependencies of organizations horizontally across the supply chain. The book explores operational and project-type environments in different industry sectors, which will help you think about your supply chain differently and optimize your processes to achieve supply chain excellence.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: Introduction - the rationale for collaborative business practices across supply chains and why collaboration can be the jewel in the crown
    • Chapter - 02: Collaborative arrangements - different supply chain perspectives, drivers and interdependencies;
    • Chapter - 03: Raising the game - ISO 44001 - the evolution and emergence of a new global standard for collaborative working;
    • Chapter - 04: The importance of stakeholder engagement in harnessing the benefits of collaborative working practices;
    • Chapter - 05: Pan industry supply chain collaboration - an exemplar of solutions developed by the industry for the industry;
    • Chapter - 06: Commercial risk and pricing considerations associated with collaborative versus traditional contracting arrangements;
    • Chapter - 07: The team marine story - putting logic back into logistics;
    • Chapter - 08: Captain - the impossible dream;
    • Chapter - 09: Building supply chain functional excellence through collaboration with internal partners;
    • Chapter - 10: Envoi - value creation through collaborative outsourcing of acquisition and divestmest (A&D) in upstream exploration and production (E&P) sector
    • Chapter - 11: Humanitarian relief - food for the hungry (daring to be different through collaborative innovation);
    • Chapter - 12: The oil and gas technology centre (OGTC);
    • Chapter - 13: All together now: improvements in collaboration in the pharmaceutical & biomedical life science sectors;
    • Chapter - 14: The emergence of digital procurement in the IT sector;
    • Chapter - 15: Referencing;
    • Chapter - 16: Further reading;
    • Chapter - 17: Index


Provides some powerful insight into the latest supply chain practices. A great guide for supply chain professionals across the energy sector.
Professor Paul de Leeuw, Director, Oil and Gas Institute, Robert Gordon University

Competition now in the energy industry is fierce and key industry buyers are seeking smarter supply chains and focussing on strategic long-term partnerships. This book is a must-read for those forward-looking businesses who realize a change in mindset is key to future success.
Joanne Leng MBE, Deputy Chief Executive, NOF Energy

Norman's book combines pragmatism and clarity in providing an extremely helpful 'tool box' for business practitioners built on his decades of observation and delivery to facilitate and realise the rewards of turning 20/20 hindsight into 20/20 foresight
John Best, Founder/CEO East of England Energy Group, UK

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749480493
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd September 2018
  • Paperback
  • Format: 233x155
  • 296 pages

About the Author

Norman McLennan is a cross-industry leader in the area of supply chain management and business improvement. He is a visiting professor with the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. His professional industry experience spans over 30 years split between the oil and gas/energy, engineering and traditional construction sectors working in the UK, Europe and internationally with extensive supply chain management and commercial project management experience. The author is regularly invited to speak at related industry and professional bodies' events and conferences.

Norman McLennan

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