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Integrating the value chain : a step-by-step approach for creating a world-class supply chain for Kodak professional digital cameras

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128116D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-14
Document File: 4 page(s) / 18K

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Software Patent Institute

Related People

Wala, Tomasz P: AUTHOR [+3]

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Abstract

Manufacturers of electronic equipment today face a new competitive battle. This battle does not just focus on the most efficient methods of production, but also the effectiveness of the entire supply chain. The next competitive advantage in manufacturing will shift from competition between leaner production systems to fully integrated and optimized supply chains. To assimilate the effectiveness of their supply chains, manufacturers must answer the following questions:

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Integrating the Value Chain: A Step-by-Step Approach for Creating a World-Class Supply Chain for Kodak Professional Digital Cameras

by

Tomasz P. Wala
B.S., Mechanical Engineering University of Kentucky, 1995 Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science] in Mechanical Engineering
Sloan School of Management

at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

June 1999
SIGNATURE OF author: [[signature omitted]]

Department of Mechanical Engineering

May 21, 1999
CERTIFIED BY: [[SIGNATURE OMITTED]]

Don Rosenfield Sr. Lecturer, Sloan School of Management Thesis Supervisor Anna Thornton

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Thesis Supervisor ACCEPTED BY: [[SIGNATURE OMITTED]]

Lawrence S. Abeln Director of Master's Program Sloan School of Management Ain Sonin
Chairman, Committee on Graduate Students Department of Mechanical Engineering ARCHIVES MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LIBRARIES JUN 16 1999

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Page 1 Dec 31, 1999

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Integrating the Value Chain: A Step-by-Step Approach for Creating a World-Class Supply Chain for Kodak Professional Digital Cameras

by

TOMASZ P. WALA

Submitted to the Sloan School of Management and the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degrees of Master in Business Administration and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

ABSTRACT

Manufacturers of electronic equipment today face a new competitive battle. This battle does not just focus on the most efficient methods of production, but also the effectiveness of the entire supply chain. The next competitive advantage in manufacturing will shift from competition between leaner production systems to fully integrated and optimized supply chains. To assimilate the effectiveness of their supply chains, manufacturers must answer the following questions:

What is the appropriate supply chain model for the type of product and volume? How should inventory levels be calculated and optimized for the entire supply chain? Is the distribution network designed toward the needs of the final customer?

How can communication in the supply chain be managed most effectively?

This thesis focuses on each question as they relate to the development of a more integrated supply chain. It is important to note that there is no one optimal solution because much depends on product characteristics. The thesis is based on research done at Eastman Kodak Company on the supply chain for the professional digital cameras. The...