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Experimenting with Supply Chain Learning (SCL): Supplier Diversity and Ethnic Minority Businesses

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This paper reports on an innovative UK-based ‘Supply Chain Learning’ (SCL) initiative to encourage the corporate sector to consider supplier diversity in respect of ethnic minority businesses. This follows academic and policy interest in programmes to empower ethnic minority enterprises to achieve breakout to mainstream markets and business growth. The first phase of the initiative, entitled Supplier Development East Midlands (SDEM) is examined. By adopting an inter-organisational action learning approach, some of the key attributes of the programme are delineated, focusing on the recurrent action-reflection cycle taking place in a learning group comprising SDEM, LPOs (Large Purchasing Organisations) and small EMSs (Ethnic Minority Suppliers).

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Theodorakopoulos, N., Ram, M., Shah, M. et al. Experimenting with Supply Chain Learning (SCL): Supplier Diversity and Ethnic Minority Businesses. Entrepreneurship Mgt. 1, 461–478 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11365-005-4773-8

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Keywords

  • Supply Chain Learning
  • Supplier Diversity
  • Ethnic Minority Business Development