Chapter 13 case study: supply-chain challenges in post-earthquake

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Chapter 13 Case Study: Supply-Chain Challenges in Post-Earthquake Japan

  1. What are some of the advantages of the supply chain used in the Japanese auto industry before the March 11 earthquake and tsunami? What were some of its disadvantages?
  2. Is Toyota’s plan for a “foolproof” supply chain consistent with the Lean production philosophy? Explain.
  3. Can you think of any additional ways Toyota (and its competitors in the Japanese auto industry) can improve upon the company’s plan to create a “foolproof” supply chain?
  4. What impact do you think Toyota’s plan will have on the way it handles relationship management in its supply chain?