Define: Value Chain

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Definition: Value Chain


Quick Summary of Value Chain


The value chain is the chain of activities by which a good or service is produced, distributed, and marketed.



What is the dictionary definition of Value Chain?

Dictionary Definition


The value chain is the chain of activities by which a good or service is produced, distributed, and marketed.


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Full Definition of Value Chain


Each step of the chain creates different amounts of value for the consumer.

There are 5 value-creating activities:

Alongside 4 supporting activities:

  • Buying
  • Research & Development (R&D)
  • Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Infrastructure of the organisation

For management, the primary application of the value-chain concept is that a company should critically examine it’s costs and performance at each stage, and decide, amongst other things, whether it ‘s best to carry out a particular stage in-house or externally.

The value chain can provide the basis for a strategic analysis in terms of the identification of an competitive advantage.


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Synonyms For Value Chain


supply chain, value chains, value-added chain, value-chain, supply-chain


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Value Chain are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 4th May 2019.