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Lean and proactive liquidity management for SMEs

: Zwissler, Frank; Okhan, Eftal; Westkämper, Engelbert


International Academy for Production Engineering -CIRP-, Paris:
46th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, CMS 2013 : Held in Setúbal, Portugal, on May 29th-30th, 2013,
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2013 (Procedia CIRP 7.2013)
Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS) <46, 2013, Setubal>
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Kleine und mittlere Unternehmen KMU; Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME); Ursache-Wirkungsbeziehung; Finanzkraft; Kleinbetrieb; Kostenplanung; Materialwirtschaft; Materialfluss

The liquidity requirements and the available liquidity are aspects that are influenced by order-independent and order-specific business processes; they represent dynamic parameters over time, making it difficult for many companies to plan and ensure liquidity. Apart from the complexity of material and financial flows, it is the time gap in the flows of the order fulfillment process which complicates the determination of future liquidity requirements.
This paper presents a causal model based on cause-and-effect networks, which takes an integrated look on the material and financial flows derived from the value creation process to identify future liquidity requirements.