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Process Analysis of Knowledge Production

Process Analysis of Knowledge Production
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Author(s): Raafat George Saadé (Concordia University, Canada) and Ali Ahmed (Concordia University, Canada)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 19
Source title: Technological Solutions for Modern Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): ZongWei Luo (The University of Hong Kong, China)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2773-4.ch005


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This paper presents an optimized supply chain for ‘knowledge products’. Based on the traditional logistics model for academic knowledge, knowledge creation and delivery are discussed. A new framework of an optimized supply chain for ‘knowledge products’ is developed. A semi-structured interview was undertaken to capture and analyze the knowledge logistics in a traditional publishing setup. Findings include the illustration of a new optimized supply chain for the manufacturing and distribution of ‘knowledge products’. Realised benefits are discussed showing a significant reduction in total supply chain processing. Research in this domain involves the actual knowledge creators (publishing companies). Connecting knowledge delivery systems to the supplier presents challenges including information sharing and openness to accessing their systems. More challenges are discussed with implications, primarily related to commitment, partnership and re-engineering of present systems. Publishing companies still follow the same traditional supply chain for knowledge creation. They have moved towards custom publishing, but their processes remain practically the same. Publishing companies have to change their mindsets and re-engineer their processes.

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