Wright State University's own Dwight- Smith- Daniels was quoted in Dayton's B2B magazine in the August 2010 edition. "If you're an entrepreneur or business owner looking to take advantage of this [increased investment by major corporations in Dayton], Dwight Smith- Daniels, chair of Wright State University's Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, has some advice: Find out where your business fits in the 'integrated supply chain.'
Does your business provide raw materials? Are you a manufacturer? Can you provide labor or knowledge? Or do you fit at the end of a product's life cycle, say, recycling?
And what, exactly, is an integrated supply chain? Smith-Daniels offers one possible definition: "It can be found wherever businesses harness and link outside companies to supply their needs themselves. Often, that linking happens with a view toward improving individual companies and the supply process itself."