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Network Master Project

This provides reference and results from this research project:

This project intended to develop a vision of how supply chains would coordinate in the future. The work brought the research team to consider the role of supply chains in competition as well as new methods for coordination among an extended supply chain or network. The researchers put forth the concept of the 'network master' which would have several variations. Downloads of several papers describing our work are available below.

We invite you to review our work and offer your feedback on these concepts. Please send any comments or input to Jim Rice at <jrice@mit.edu>


I'm a PDF fileProject Introduction Presentation

These slides introduce the research study to prospective participants.

  I'm a PFD File.Supply Chain Vs. Supply Chain: The Hype and the Reality
This is an article that the researchers published which resulted from this research study. The article was published in Supply Chain Management Reveiw - September/October, 2001 and examines common assertions about competition and supply chains.

I'm a PDF FileNetwork Master: Three Dimensions of Supply Network Coordination

This working paper by Jim Rice and Richard Hoppe introduced the concept of the Network Master and proposes new methods of supply network coordination (v25 Sept. 2002).


I'm a PDF FileOutlining a Future of Supply Chain Coordination: Coordinated Supply Networks

This thesis by Richard Hoppe was funded by ISCM and it presents a comprehensive overview of the project work, complete with details on the project methodology, preliminary analysis, analytical frameworks, literature reviews and summaries of supply chain coordination and governance. The thesis introduces some, but not all of the research findings.






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Comments and questions to Christopher A. Barajas