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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

9 - Supply Chain Management and Native American Entrepreneurs

from Part III - Learning from Business Scholars


“One of the core functions of business is managing its operations and that includes its supply chain. The supply chain includes the decisions around who should be the suppliers of raw materials, parts, services, and products and the customers of those services and products, including the end user. Although the decisions about who to buy from and who to sell to seem straightforward, it may not be as trivial for Native American entrepreneurs. Moreover, for a Native American entrepreneur, there may be specific influencing factors due to federal and tribal input that affect the selection of suppliers for a business. Although each Native tribe is distinct, we consider the general influential factors in supply chain decisions for Native American entrepreneurs that help decisions align with business strategy and Native identity.

Specifically, we connect the supply chain decisions of a Native American entrepreneur by adapting a recent supply chain framework.”

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