Unveiling the structure of supply networks: Case studies in Honda, Acura, and DaimlerChrysler

Thomas Choi, Yunsook Hong

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Three complete supply networks have been mapped in this study. These supply networks pertain to the center console assembly and come from three different product lines - Honda Accord, Acura CL/TL, and DaimlerChrysler (DCX) Grand Cherokee. Based on these three cases of supply networks, propositions are built concerning how the structure of supply networks operates. Based on the extant literature, we frame structure in three dimensions - formalization, centralization, and complexity. As an underlying methodology, we first conduct the within-case analysis and then expand the analysis to cross-case context. The three structural dimensions affect one another progressively, and the cost consideration appears to be the overarching force that shapes the supply-network structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-493
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Operations Management
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2002


  • Case study research
  • Operation strategy
  • Supplier management
  • Supply chain
  • Supply networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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