Learning to work with interdependencies effectively: the case of the HRM forum of the suppliers teams at Volvo Cars Gent

Frank Lambrechts, Tharsi Taillieu, Koen Sips
  • Supply Chain Management An International Journal, March 2010, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/13598541011028705

Learning to work with interdependencies: the HRM forum of the suppliers teams at Volvo Cars Gent

What is it about?

This article profiles the way in which Volvo Cars Gent (VCG) Belgium and its suppliers succeed in managing their interdependencies on HRM issues through a shared HRM collaborative, called the Suppliers Team Volvo Cars HRM forum (STVC-HRM). It was found that the critical success factors concern the way STVC-HRM members enacted trust, common ground, leadership, shared responsibility, and representative-constituency dynamics.

Why is it important?

The work suggests how to build and maintain deep mutually beneficial manufacturer-supplier relationships through the VCG suppliers case. Other organisations that want to develop those much-needed relationships may learn from the successful VCG-suppliers way of doing things.

Perspectives

Professor Frank Lambrechts
University of Hasselt

This case study based paper offers unique insights into the concrete manner in which Volvo Cars Gent (VCG) Belgium and its suppliers succeed in managing their interdependencies on HRM issues through a shared HRM collaborative.

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