Harley Davidson Motor Company has developed to become one of the leading motorcycles manufactures globally. Harley Davidson Motor Company produces about 28,000 motorcycles yearly, sold by merchants in more than 67 nations around the globe. The company has a determined plan to augment their production capacity considerably. Because of the enlarged global presence and company’s growth, the management has comprehended that the prospect calls for an incorporated management system, will not only develop the processes of the country but also fit within its financial plan and increase its returns expansion. This underlay the beginning of the process to recognize the most suitable information management scheme for Harley Davidson Motor Company.
The purpose of this case is to analyze the progression of selecting the modular ERP system to hold up supply chain organization for this large industrialized company. Identifying that the purchasing procedure for acquiring materials and parts is out of control, management has coordinated a project to realize its purchasing activities and process, seek response from the 800 populace who could be affected by the novel system, and generate an absolute transformation in action and thinking regarding the management and procurement of incoming supplies. Furthermore, management wants to move the company from a temporary transaction-purchasing basis to a lasting relationship with suppliers. (Joel, H., Heidi, S. & Markham, C., 2004)
In addition to choosing an ERP system, the company is interested in building supplier relationships with major vendors. They want the new system to ease this improvement. In this case, the management will go as far as making the difference between a supplier and vendors.
The case emphasizes the significance of building comprehensive buying operations teams, which is located along the company’s manufacturing counterparts at the facilities and plants. In addition, control and planning group located at the Company’s headquarters, with management being derived from a variety of purchasing managers from the various Harley-Davidson sites.
Joel, H., Heidi, S. & Markham, C., (April 23, 2004). Harley-Davidson, Inc. Case Study. BUS 755.