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Case Studies in Information Technology : Toyota Motor Corporation of Australia’s (TMCA) Supply Chain

Case Studies in Information Technology : Toyota Motor Corporation of Australia’s (TMCA) Supply Chain

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The purpose of this case study is to analyse Toyota Motor Corporation of Australia’s (TMCA) supply chain. It also focuses on how Information Technology (IT) is currently being utilized to support its operations.

The history of Toyota since its introduction into Australia is covered in detail, followed by a thorough description of the organisation’s current business and its context. Within the case detail description the supply network is also analysed.

These details include the description of the upstream and downstream entities, and how procurement and selling arrangements are done within the organisation. Material and financial flows, logistics and shipping arrangements are also reviewed. Additionally details on the current involvements of the organisation with any e-Marketplace are being highlighted.

Within each of the subcategories of the supply chain being discussed, each of them has been provided with information of how IT is being utilised to support and improve legacy supply chain operations. The strengths of the supply chain are being highlighted, while discussing its weaknesses derived from the previous information.

In summation there is no perfect solution for any supply chain, as all legacy systems have their own weaknesses. With the implementation of IT though, a large scale company can come close to reaping the benefits of a solution that aims at excellence, but not perfection.
The purpose of this case study is to analyse Toyota Motor Corporation of Australia’s (TMCA) supply chain. It also focuses on how Information Technology (IT) is currently being utilized to support its operations.

The history of Toyota since its introduction into Australia is covered in detail, followed by a thorough description of the organisation’s current business and its context. Within the case detail description the supply network is also analysed.

These details include the description of the upstream and downstream entities, and how procurement and selling arrangements are done within the organisation. Material and financial flows, logistics and shipping arrangements are also reviewed. Additionally details on the current involvements of the organisation with any e-Marketplace are being highlighted.

Within each of the subcategories of the supply chain being discussed, each of them has been provided with information of how IT is being utilised to support and improve legacy supply chain operations. The strengths of the supply chain are being highlighted, while discussing its weaknesses derived from the previous information.

In summation there is no perfect solution for any supply chain, as all legacy systems have their own weaknesses. With the implementation of IT though, a large scale company can come close to reaping the benefits of a solution that aims at excellence, but not perfection.

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Published by: Hazman Aziz on Jun 07, 2009
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With the advent of the technology and the development of Information Technology,

computer mediated processes have undoubtedly change the traditional supply chain

management through the Toyota Australia to conduct their supply chain operations in the

automotive industry. The analysis of the supply chain has improved drastically over the

period of time, within the implementation of IT. Nevertheless, the utilization of the IT on

supply chain operation still result weaknesses, in spite of the benefits. It appears that

while the technology is willing or has the intrinsic capability of effecting this utopian

transformation, the reengineer supply chain process simply still need improvement to its

current configuration.

51 DSSResource.com, (2005), “Decision Support Basics”, Online, Available: http://dssresources.com/

[Accessed: 16 August 2005].

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