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The study of inter-organizational collaboration by cluster supply chain

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3 Author(s)
Xiao Xue ; National CIMS Engineering Research Center, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University Beijing, P.R. China ; Biqing Huang ; Tianyuan Xiao

This paper introduces the concept of cluster supply chain. Cluster supply chain is a set of networks comprised of horizontal ties between firms within a particular industrial cluster, which are sequentially arranged based on vertical ties between firms in different layers. Cluster supply chain analysis integrates supply chain and network perspectives on inter-organizational collaboration with particular emphasis on the value creating and coordination mechanism. We posit that sources of value and coordination mechanisms correspond to distinct types of collaborations: vertical, pooled horizontal and reciprocal horizontal. It is further argued that there may be many challenges in the construction of cluster supply chain.

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2009 IEEE International Conference on Automation and Logistics

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5-7 Aug. 2009