Contact: Phil Ciciora
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Caption: The lack of contact between firms at either end of a supply chain prevents companies from gaining efficiencies in costs, design and materials, says Anupam Agrawal, a professor of business administration at Illinois.
Credit: L. Brian Stauffer
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