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The value creation network of Canadian wood fibre. 2012. Lehoux, N.; Marier, P.; D'Amour, S.; Ouellet, D.; Beaulieu, J. Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise networks, Logistics and Transportation.Quebec, Québec.Scientific Report CIRRELT-2012-33. 210 p.

Year: 2012

Available from: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 34821

Language: English

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Abstract

The scientific report entitled The Value Creation Network of Canadian Wood Fibre is aimed at managers or decision-makers who want to learn more about the overall operations involved in the forest industry while expanding their knowledge in terms of the design, planning and management of network activities.

The first key issue centres on the idea of a value creation network. What is a network? What do we mean by value creation? The paper attempts to describe the concept of a network as applied to the Canadian forest industry by breaking down its individual components (business units and product/information/financial flows), and describing the best way to represent it. The second key issue concerns the short-, medium- and long-term planning of network activities. How do you effectively plan all of the operations? What are the challenges? The paper presents the various business processes underlying the planning process, as well as the planning decisions that particularly affect forest and forest operations management, pulp and paper, timber, and bioenergy operations. The third part of the paper explores the relationships among network business units and the proper synchronization of activities among these units. Lastly, a series of decision-support tools is proposed to assist in the planning of forest activities.

Throughout the paper, case studies are presented regarding Canadian forest companies that have looked for ways to modify their operating procedures in order to significantly streamline processes involving production and distribution synchronization, supply optimization, sales and operations planning, inter-firm collaborations, etc.

Reading this paper will provide a better understanding of:

  • What The Value Creation Network of Canadian Wood Fibre consists of
  • The short-, medium- and long-term planning decisions required to deliver the right product, to the right customer, at the right time
  • The key business processes to build upon for a high-performing network
  • Proven collaborative approaches that facilitate the synchronization of network operations
  • Technologies available today that help to better plan and monitor activities in the forest industry

Plain Language Summary

The scientific report entitled The Value Creation Network of Canadian Wood Fibre is aimed at managers or decision-makers who want to learn more about the overall operations involved in the forest industry while expanding their knowledge in terms of the design, planning and management of network activities. Throughout the paper, case studies are presented regarding Canadian forest companies that have looked for ways to modify their operating procedures in order to significantly streamline processes involving production and distribution synchronization, supply optimization, sales and operations planning, inter-firm collaborations, etc.

Also available under the title:
Le réseau de création de valeur de la fibre de bois canadienne (French)

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