The globalized economy is increasingly affecting also manufacturing SMEs. As markets and growth are moving outside Europe, SMEs need to find new global customers and build their distribution networks to remote locations which often have different cultures, regulations and practices. This paper discusses the risks and challenges related to this transformation, based on the observations from case companies of a Finnish national research project TARVO. The main theoretical framework is taken from supply chain risk management and research on collaborative networked organizations. Applying these approaches the paper presents a categorization and discussion of the risks identified in case SMEs.
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|MoE publication type||Not Eligible|
|Event||20th EurOMA Conference. Operations Management at the Heart of the Recovery - Dublin, Ireland|
Duration: 7 Jun 2013 → 12 Jun 2013
|Conference||20th EurOMA Conference. Operations Management at the Heart of the Recovery|
|Abbreviated title||EurOMA 2013|
|Period||7/06/13 → 12/06/13|
- distribution network
- entry modes
Hietajärvi, A-M., & Karvonen, I. (2013). Challenges and risks in global distribution networks. Paper presented at 20th EurOMA Conference. Operations Management at the Heart of the Recovery, Dublin, Ireland.