A gestão da logística em empresas de rochas ornamentais: um estudo de caso comparativo
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This dissertation attempts to reach four goals: 1) to characterize the logistics development stage in two firms from the stone industry, an export firm and a non-export firm; 2) to identify the logistics functions performed by the firms themselves and the activities that are outsourced and also the reasons; 3) to describe the supply chain of the stone industry; 4) to apply a model called Leading Edge Logistics (BOWERSOX et al. 1992) to evaluate the current gaps between these firms in terms of organizational structure, information technology and performance system. This study has demonstrated that the export firm presented more adherence to the model compared to the non-export one, showing better entrepreneurial and operational performance. Furthermore, it has also confirmed the expectations generated by the conceptual model, as follow: the export firm, due to the more complex operational environment, represented by its involvement in a more competitive and demanding sector, i.e. the foreign trade market, has developed a greater level of sophistication of the logistical organization than the non-export one, achieving a better level of flexibility and therefore becoming more competitive.