ENTERPRISE FUNDAMENTALS – Supply Chain Management in the Global Economy

EMIS 7351/Fall 2015
24, 2015

Name: ____________________________

25 total points.
Due via Blackboard on December 7, 2015.

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the following questions from the reading assignment: “Who Supplied My Cheese?
Supply Chain Management in the Global Economy.”
(15 points)

(a) Four supply
chain eras are described in the paper.
Comment on the appropriateness of these descriptions and the validity of
the dates used to organize the eras.
What other dates and labels could be used to describe the evolution of
supply chain management?

(b) How do China
and India and other low-cost providers in other nations that are responsible
for increased outsourcing and offshoring fit into what is being said in this

(c) Does this
paper present technology as a cure-all solution? Why or why not? Explain your answer.

(d) Are the
general themes in the paper still applicable today, or did the 2008 Great
Recession prove that the ideas in the paper are wrong? Explain your answer.

2. Ronald Coase wrote “The
Nature of the Firm” in 1937 on why firms exist in capitalist economies. His answer pointed to the importance of
transactions costs. Explain how new
information technologies may have impacted the nature of the firm today and how
these changes relate to each of the following four main market structures
(perfect competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, and monopoly). (10 points)

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