ORIGO; Norwegian Companies as Centre for Global Supply Chain Management
About the project
ORIGO is a three year research project supported by the Research Council of Norway. The project consortium consists of Mustad, Hydro, Stokke and SINTEF. The companies face common challenges in operating global supply chains. The goal of the ORIGO project is to develop methodologies and tools which strengthen Norwegian companies ability in 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 control
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 management