Digital Integration of Operations and Supply Chain Management in Lower Saxonian Craft Firms

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Digital Integration of Operations and Supply Chain Management in Lower Saxonian Craft Firms

Digital Integration of Operations and Supply Chain Management in Lower Saxonian Craft Firms

The research project focuses on craft firms and questions why such firms are barely using the instruments of operations and supply chain management (OSCM), especially when the deployment of such concepts has been shown to generate substantial value for the firms. To date, OSCM concepts tend to address large companies that can employ dedicated OSCM experts to make their production more efficient, and reduce waiting times and scrap rates. However, due to the ongoing digital change, ever more technical and organizational possibilities emerge for adopting OSCM within small firms. This project aims to identify barriers that have prevented craft firms in Lower Saxony from adopting OSCM within their operations. The project is supposed to make both scientific and managerial contributions. With respect to theory, the goal is to study and explain the (lack of) applicability of established OSCM concepts in small and micro-enterprises. Concerning corporate practice, craft firms in Lower Saxony are supposed to gain direct operational benefits from increased OSCM implementation. Moreover, developers of digital OSCM applications might benefit from scientifically supported suggestions for designing or improving the relevant tools.

Project Management: Prof. Dr. Christian Busse

Scientific Assistant: Eva Osteresch, B.A.

Funding: Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony

Funding Programme: "Pro*Niedersachsen" with the funding line "Research Projects in the Humanities, Cultural and Social Sciences".

Duration: 01.10.2020 until 30.09.2023

(Changed: 2021-03-31)