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Title: Evaluation of the Northern Ireland egg supply chain and the development of an alternative framework for optimum sustainable supply chain management
Author: Graham , Stephen
Awarding Body: University of Ulster
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2011
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The commercial poultry egg production industry is one of the most important sectors of the NT Agri-Food industry. However, many egg producers are struggling to survive as they continue to face new welfare, management and economic challenges. This study seeks to address some of these issues through the examination and critique of the NI poultry egg supply chain and investigate any areas therein with the potential for improvement. The research detailed in this thesis was divided into three main areas: firstly an overview of the supply chain within the NI egg industry was established and potential areas for improvement identified. Stage II was based upon the findings of Stage I and investigated collaboration, innovation, co-innovation as possible means of developing these potential weaknesses. Finally, the findings of Stages I and II culminated in the development of a conceptual supply chain model for improving existing supply chains within the NI egg industry. The study utilised a qualitative data collection methodology comprising a two-stage in-depth interview and observation process with eight commercial egg producer/packing companies. The study made a nwnber of contributions to knowledge and practice. An overall picture of the main egg supply chains existing within NI was provided and insights were gained into the material and infonnation flow processes. A further contribution was the identification of areas within the supply chain with potential for significant improvement and included; improved communication between producer and end conswner; purchasing strategies for feed and packaging; developments within production operations. All study participants were in agreement with the findings and discussed collaboration and innovation/co-innovation to improve these specific areas of weakness within their chains. Consequently, eleven recommendations were proposed and incorporated into a fmal conceptual supply chain model that NI AgriFood Egg SME's could consult and implement for developing their supply chain strucntre and functions.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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