The Global Sourcing Advantage

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9780071843904: The Global Sourcing Advantage

This practical guide describes how to develop, implement, and manage processes in global sourcing and supply chain management.

Global sourcing is the practice of obtaining goods or services from anywhere in the world, regardless of geopolitical boundaries, usually to take advantage of efficiencies, costs, and other factors. But there can be significant disadvantages, including having to overcome different cultures and time zones, exposures to foreign financial and political risks, and difficulty with monitoring quality from a distance.

The Global Sourcing Advantage fills a distinct gap in the information available to guide organizations toward successful global sourcing. It provides organizations and their associated stakeholders with the substantive knowledge, skills, and tools required for effective global sourcing. It can also be used as a text for advanced undergraduates and graduate programs in Business, Supply Chain Management, and Strategic Global Sourcing.

  • Includes information for both goods producing and service firms
  • Covers overarching issues such as social responsibility, governance, political requirements with current trading, and sourcing statistics
  • Case studies from a variety of industry sub-sectors, including hospitality, fashion, electronics, and automotive
  • Access to tools (checklists, links to Internet resources, customizable Excel spreadsheets), planning techniques, mathematical models, and supply chain analytics on a companion website

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About the Author:

John M. McKeller is director of the supply chain management programs in the executive education unit of the Wisconsin School of Business, as well as a senior lecturer in the school's Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management. His many years of experience in the supply chain management field included positions with Ralston Purina Company, General Dynamics-Convair, and Eli Lilly and Company. McKeller is the author of Supply Chain Management Demystified.

Mohamed Ezzat is a retired manufacturing and quality engineer. He had a long career both in and out of academia, teaching at Weber State University in the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Department, and working at the Las Vegas Sands Corp., Ford Motor Company, Navistar International, and John Deere, among others.

Ingo Gestring, Ph.D., has experience in both academics and private industry, both in the US and Germany. He is currently a professor for materials management and production logistics at the HTW Dresden-University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

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