From Seedlings to Ships: Supply Chain Management in the Venice Arsenale, 1320-1800

Wilson, J. M. and Favotto, A. (2016) From Seedlings to Ships: Supply Chain Management in the Venice Arsenale, 1320-1800. British Academy of Management Conference (BAM2016), Newcastle, UK, 06-08 Sep 2016. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The Venice Arsenale was one of the earliest large industrial complexes, started in 1104 with expansions in 1320 and after 1660. It made many of the warships and much of the commercial shipping used by Venice. It is reputed to have innovated producing standardized parts enabling the mass-production of galleys. Preliminary investigations show a rich data set for the period 1665-1779 revealing how the Arsenale was managed. This research provides a significant insight into one aspect of the Arsenale’s activities: the management of the wood used and the forests supplying it. A historical investigation will show how its production activities were planned, organized and controlled from the Arsenale’s inception until Napoleon’s conquest of Venice in 1797 and its independent operations gradually ceased. We anticipate finding historic management policies and processes that were effective and compatible with modern theory and practice, and observe how those evolved over time.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Additional Information:This paper won the "Best developmental Paper" award for the Business & Management History division of the BAM.
Keywords:Venice arsenale, supply chain management, manufacturing, assembly line.
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilson, Dr James
Authors: Wilson, J. M., and Favotto, A.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DG Italy
T Technology > TS Manufactures
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Accounting and Finance
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 British Academy of Management
First Published:First published in British Academy of Management Conference (BAM2016)
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Publisher
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
684811Management of the Venice ArsenaleJames WilsonThe Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (CARNEGTR)70082BUS - MANAGEMENT