Collaborative Inventory Management in Chinese Hospital Supply Chain: Barriers and Implementation

Wang, Yingfei (2012) Collaborative Inventory Management in Chinese Hospital Supply Chain: Barriers and Implementation. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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With the development of supply chain, the collaborative supply chain management has increasing popular worldwide in recent years. There are many advanced method of achieving supply chain collaboration, such as VMI and CPFR, which focus on inventory management. In addition, it has been adopted by many industries such as manufacture (Dell) and retail (Wal-Mart).

With the dramatically increasing of China drug market, more and more supply chain problems have appeared recent years. Due to redundant structure and complex network of pharmaceutical supply chain with high supply-related cost, it is necessary and urgent to integrating supply chain and developing collaborative inventory management (CIM). However, there are many problems block the implementation of CIM. This aims of this research is to find the current issues existing in hospital pharmacy inventory management as well as the barriers of implementing CIM in the whole pharmaceutical supply chain. Finally, combining with the capacity of pharmaceutical industry and the culture of China, the solution would be given at the end with some discussions.

In this research, there are two methodology applied, interview and case study. The interview focus on understanding the current issue and barriers from different members involved in hospital supply chain. It includes 11 interviewees from 4 aspects of the supply chain (manufacturer, wholesaler/distributor, hospital and government).

In order to analyse specific problem of hospital pharmacy inventory management, one wholesaler/distributor company is selected from the previous interviewees with its upstream suppliers and upstream hospital. The customised modification is raised by using VMI and CPFR. In addition, combining with the outcome of interviews, the implementation of CIM in future China would be discussed at the end.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
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Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2014 12:28
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2022 16:10

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