Gestão & Produção
Print version ISSN 0104-530X
COELHO, Leandro Callegari; FOLLMANN, Neimar and RODRIGUEZ, Carlos Manuel Taboada. The bullwhip effect in the supply chain - indicator proposal. Gest. Prod. [online]. 2009, vol.16, n.4, pp. 571-583. ISSN 0104-530X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-530X2009000400007.
The objective of this paper is to emphasize the importance of sharing data in a supply chain, as a strategy to reduce the bullwhip effect. To achieve this effect, its causes, the ways it shows itself and the means to avoid it are presented. In order to facilitate the understanding about the damages caused by its influence, a hypothetical scenario is suggested, in which the components of a supply chain try to align its offer to its demand. Next, based on a bibliographical research, the solution - the strategic alignment and the information sharing - are shown, thus creating the synergy needed for developing competitive advantage for the company and/or for the chain. Finally, to support this solution, we created an indicator based on a supply chain, simulated several times in the classroom using software, which demonstrated the positive effects of sharing data.
Keywords : Bullwhip effect; Supply chain management; Competitive advantage; Bullwhip effect indicator.