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Relationship Management and Lean Analysis in Maintaining Horticulture Supply Chains with Micro-businesses in Wales

Symons, David and Skydmore, David (2017) Relationship Management and Lean Analysis in Maintaining Horticulture Supply Chains with Micro-businesses in Wales. International Journal on Food System Dynamics, 8 (3). pp. 192-207. ISSN 1869-6945

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Abstract

The horticulture sector is characterised by variability in production volumes and quality, fluctuating prices and goods of short shelf life. ‘Lean’ analysis is used to identify strengths and weaknesses in relationships between micro-businesses in horticulture. Three case studies of small horticultural enterprises, a scale prevalent in the sector in Wales, describe relationships and supply structures. A model for the generic application of relationship management to smaller enterprises is proposed in which the effects of continued adherence in inter-company relationships, and supply system configuration, are examined in relation to the effectiveness of collaborations. Relationship management needs to be a priority in these small enterprises. Buyer dominance over suppliers may decrease the effectiveness of relationships in small and micro-enterprises in Welsh horticulture.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: lean, power, business relationships, food supply systems, horticulture
Divisions: Social and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Stewart Milne
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2017 16:38
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 14:17
URI: http://glyndwr.collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/17258

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