Teaching Note | HBS Case Collection | June 2001

Role of Intermediaries in Supply Chains TN

by Ananth Raman

Abstract

Describes the role of intermediaries in the Coordinating and Managing Supply Chains elective course at HBS. Contrary to many observers' predictions, intermediaries have continued to survive and even grow. This module examines the ways in which intermediaries can add value to a supply chain. Also closely examines how intermediaries reduce labor and capital costs and align incentives in supply chains.

Keywords: Cost of Capital; Cost Management; Labor; Supply Chain Management; Motivation and Incentives;

Citation:

Raman, Ananth. "Role of Intermediaries in Supply Chains TN." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 601-151, June 2001.