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Determining supply chain practices and strategies of light vehicle manufacturers in South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Badenhorst-Weiss, J. A. (Johanna Adolphina) 1954- Ambe, Intaher Marcus 2013-04-04T11:41:47Z 2013-04-04T11:41:47Z 2013-04-04
dc.identifier.citation Ambe, Intaher Marcus (2013) Determining supply chain practices and strategies of light vehicle manufacturers in South Africa, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This study determined whether local manufacturers of light vehicles in South Africa employ supply chain best practices and strategies. The research design employed was a combination of exploratory and descriptive research design using qualitative and quantitative approaches based on a survey of light vehicle manufacturers in South Africa. A face-to–face, semi-structured interview questionnaire was used, based on purposive sampling. Descriptive statistics using SPSS software were used for the data analysis and interpretation. The findings of the study revealed that across the supply chain, best practices were implemented to a large extent by all manufacturers. Light vehicle manufacturers in South Africa, however face supply chain challenges, which include technological, infrastructural, cost, market/service and production/skills challenges. The most important supply chain performance indicator that contributes to optimisation of performance is quality, followed by final product delivery reliability, and then cost and supplier reliability. All the manufacturers followed a lean strategy for their inbound supply chain and some had a lean supply chain strategy for their outbound supply chain. A number of them also had an agile supply chain strategy in the outbound supply chain which suggests a leagile supply chain strategy. It was also found that in some instances there was a mismatch between strategies and practices in the area of product characteristics, manufacturing characteristics and the decision drivers of supply chain. One of the conclusions of the study was that local manufacturers of light vehicles do not always make decisions and implement practices in line with their chosen supply chain strategies. The study concluded by developing a framework for determining supply chain best practices in line with a chosen strategy that could guide supply chain managers (in locally manufactured light vehicles) in the automotive in South Africa in their decision making. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xx, 323 leaves) : illustrations
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights University of South Africa
dc.subject Supply chain management en
dc.subject Supply chain challenges en
dc.subject Supply chain practices en
dc.subject Lean supply chain strategy en
dc.subject Vehicles manufacturers en
dc.subject Supply chain strategies
dc.subject Agile supply chain strategy
dc.subject Leagile supply chain strategy
dc.subject Automotive industry
dc.subject Key performance indicators
dc.subject.ddc 658.70968
dc.subject.lcsh Lean manufacturing -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Continuous improvement process -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Delivery of goods -- South Africa -- Management en
dc.subject.lcsh Business logistics -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Automobile industry and trade -- South Africa en
dc.title Determining supply chain practices and strategies of light vehicle manufacturers in South Africa en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Business Management en D. Com. (Business Management)

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