ORIGO; Norwegian Companies as Centre for Global Supply Chain Management
The essential topics for the project are supply chain strategy, design of global supply chains, developing control models that integrate local and global control and exploiting state-of-the-art information systems. The concept is visualized as a Global Control Center that help make companies to get improved control over the flow of goods and information through production and distribution.
Figure: ORIGO concept: Global Control Centre
Global supply chains – new challenges for controlIn recent years there has been a trend of Norwegian companies moving more of their production abroad in order to lower costs and access new markets. Such international expansion gives the companies more complex supply chains as the production, distribution and sales activities takes place across numerous sites and markets. One of the main challenges in managing global supply chains is related to the control aspect. Controlling global supply chains includes among other:
Several factors contribute to increased risk and complexity in management of global supply chains: variation in the demand, geographical distances, foreign exchange, increased competition and cultural differences. At the same time, the focal company shall maintain and strengthen its competence in value adding activities. At the present, companies are lacking tools and methodologies for global supply chains that handle decisions about strategy, design, control and IT systems in a satisfactory way.
ORIGO – global supply chain managementThe project’s aim is to find an effective way for managing global supply chains. Local production management will be integrated to the global supply chain through a concept which ensure the strategic, tactical and operative aspects. The following five research challenges are targeted:
Published October 2, 2006
A research project supported by the Research Council of Norway