Turnaround across diverse global supply chains using shared metrics and change methodology: The case of Amer Sports Corporation

Patrik Appelqvist, Valérie Chavez-Demoulin, Ari-Pekka Hameri, Jussi Heikkilä, Vincent Wauters

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to document the outcome of a global three-year long supply chain improvement initiative at a multi-national producer of branded sporting goods that is transforming from a holding structure to an integrated company. The case company is comprised of seven internationally well-known sport brands, which form a diverse set of independent sub-cases, on which the same supply chain metrics and change project approach was applied to improve supply chain performance. Design/methodology/approach: By using in-depth case study and statistical analysis the paper analyzes across the brands how supply chain complexity (SKU count), supply chain type (make or buy) and seasonality affect completeness and punctuality of deliveries, and inventory as the change project progresses. Findings: Results show that reduction in supply chain complexity improves delivery performance, but has no impact on inventory. Supply chain type has no impact on service level, but brands with in-house production are better in improving inventory than those with outsourced production. Non-seasonal business units improve service faster than seasonal ones, yet there is no impact on inventory. Research limitations/implications: The longitudinal data used for the analysis is biased with the general business trend, yet the rich data from different cases and three-years of data collection enables generalizations to a certain level. Practical implications: The in-depth case study serves as an example for other companies on how to initiate a supply chain improvement project across business units with tangible results. Originality/value: The seven sub-cases with their different characteristics on which the same improvement initiative was applied sets a unique ground for longitudinal analysis to study supply chain complexity, type and seasonality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)622-647
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Operations and Production Management
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Inventory management
  • Key performance indicators
  • Make and buy supply chains
  • Seasonal and non-seasonal demand
  • Supply chain management


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