Creating Entrepreneurial Supply Chains: A Guide for Innovation and Growth

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J. Ross Publishing, Jan 15, 2012 - Business & Economics - 408 pages
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"I enthusiastically recommend this book for your company to study, teach, and implement the ideas, concepts, tools, and techniques contained herein. The new concept of supply chain elements being used in an entrepreneurial manner is a commanding thought that deserves to be looked at carefully.”
F. Robert Jacobs, Ph.D., Chase Faculty Fellow, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

“I highly recommend that every company with supply chains pays particular attention to this book and seek to implement its ideas. It is destined to be recognized as a pioneering work.” 
Michael R. Katzorke, CEO, Bryce Consulting Group

The most obvious form of entrepreneurship is that of starting a new business; however, in recent years, the term has been extended to include other forms of entrepreneurial activity. Corporate entrepreneurship is the process by which teams within an established company conceive, foster, launch, and manage a new business that is distinct from the parent company but leverages the parent’s assets, market position, capabilities, or other resources. A new, but similar form of entrepreneurial activity is the entrepreneurial supply chain. A supply chain connects customers with suppliers. An entrepreneurialsupply chain is an innovative portion of that connection. The entrepreneurial supply chain usually consists of a new venture that is developed out of new and innovative ideas. The venture is responsible for resources, takes on risks, and is accountable for the payoffs.

Most organizations view their supply chains merely as cost centers, not recognizing the fact that supply chains are well positioned to be the entrepreneurial drivers of the company. Entrepreneurial supply chains can look for innovation and revenue opportunities wherever they may be found: upstream on the supply side, downstream on the demand side, or with competitors in the middle. This book focuses on unexplored opportunities for growth and innovation through entrepreneurial supply chains. It shows how entrepreneurial supply chains can enhance the value of a business regardless of its form. Creating Entrepreneurial Supply Chains: A Guide for Innovation and Growth takes the reader through the entire process of opportunity identification, due diligence, writing the business plan, managing risks, integrating the entrepreneurial supply chain venture, and reaping the payoff.

 

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Contents

Why Entrepreneurial Supply Chains
37
Utilizing Customers and Suppliers as Sources
75
How We Know We Have Opportunities
105
Managing the Risks of Entrepreneurial
143
Due Diligence and the Business Plan
179
Implementing Entrepreneurial Supply Chains
207
Reaping the Payoff
233
Visioning Entrepreneurial Supply Chains
265
Sample Business Plan for an Entrepreneurial
297
Sample Education and Training Programs
319
Glossary of Entrepreneurial Supply
353
Index
363
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Dr. William B. Lee is presently an active educator, consultant, and author. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MBA from Rollins College, and a BSEE from Vanderbilt University. Bill has had notable careers in industry, academia, and consulting. He has consulted and taught in over 50 countries around the world. Bill spent 10 years on the faculty of the College of Business Administration at the University of Houston and was chair of the Department of Systems and Operations Management. He also held positions at Rice University as Associate Dean of Executive Education and Director of Energy Programs. Dr. Lee is the author of over 75 books, articles, and academic presentations and is a sought-after speaker.