This report examines individual OEMs’ (Original Equipment Manufacturer) supplier management strategies, focusing on commonalities and differences in their approach to broadly similar problems associated with supply-chain rationalization.. While all the OEMs in the study aim at getting their products quicker to the customer by trimming supply chains, establishing closer relationships with suppliers, and assisting them in performance improvement, each OEM follows a different path, depending on its size, corporate structure, products, and markets. The report concludes with policy recommendations for the consortium.
Jeffrey Rickert, Joel Rogers, Darya Vassina, Josh Whitford, and Jonathan Zeitlin. Common Problems & Collaborative Solutions: OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)-Supplier Relationships and the Wisconsin Manufacturing Partnerships Supplier Training Consortium. COWS, 2000.