Case Study

Thomas Medical Systems outsourcing policy (A) (Abridged)

4 pages
October 2001
Reference: IMD-6-0223

A large medical electronics firm is refining its outsourcing policies and the new ways in which it needs to work with its suppliers. The firm begins with an objective to purchase assemblies instead of components. This objective evolves until the supplier takes over a large part of the engineering design as well as the product data base creation and maintenance. Many problems are encountered, but the product does come to maarket and is successful.

Keywords
Outsourcing, Purchasing, Medical Electronics, Production Management, Operations Management
Settings
Germany
Summer 1997
Type
Field Research
Copyright
© 2000
Available Languages
English
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Thomas Medical Systems outsourcing policy (A)
By Thomas E. Vollmann Carlos Cordon and Denyse Julien
Case reference: IMD-6-0205 ©1998
Summary
A large medical electronics firm is refining its outsourcing policies and the new ways in which it needs to work with its suppliers. The firm begins with an objective to purchase assemblies instead of components. This objective evolves until the supplier takes over a large part of the engineering design as well as the product data base creation and maintenance. Many problems are encountered, but the product does come to maarket and is successful.
1999 EFMD AWARD WINNER (Supply Chain Management)
Reference IMD-6-0205
Copyright ©1998
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Available Languages English
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Thomas Medical Systems outsourcing policy (B)
By Thomas E. Vollmann Carlos Cordon and Denyse Julien
Case reference: IMD-6-0206 ©1998
Summary
The lessons from the "A" case are applied to develop correct policies for outsourcing. The company develops non-core technology clusters, cluster teams to manage each cluster, and an evolutionary plan for how to interact with supplier partners.
1999 EFMD AWARD WINNER (Supply Chain Management)
Reference IMD-6-0206
Copyright ©1998
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Available Languages English
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Thomas Medical Systems outsourcing policy (C)
By Thomas E. Vollmann Carlos Cordon and Denyse Julien
Case reference: IMD-6-0207 ©1998
Summary
The policy developed in the "B" case is applied in the "C" case. It was found that the policy could not be applied as easily as the company expected. Some adjustments were necessary - depending upon the items purchased, the existing relationships with the suppliers, and the availability of alternative suppliers.
1999 EFMD AWARD WINNER (Supply Chain Management)
Reference IMD-6-0207
Copyright ©1998
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Available Languages English
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