Enterprise Resource Planning and Supply Chain Management

Operations management is an intricate web of internal and external interrelationships of people, processes, and resources. Identifying and assessing these relationships can help keep operational strategies and development headed in the right direction. What is Supply Chain Management (SCM), and why is it important to business operations? In what ways is SCM for a manufacturer similar or different than that of a service provider? What is Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and how is it related to SCM? Does this relationship introduce any specific issues or complexities into managing business operations? If so, how? If not, why?