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Definitions

Value Chain Analysis (VCA) – a method of analyzing value chain of an organization or industry.

Value Chain/Value Creation – the process or activities by which a company adds value to a product or service.

Value Chain Optimization –  defines the extent and limits of the processes to be optimized.

Value Chain Analysis in Finance – the analysis of the financial products, services, and functions in a value chain that enable investments that increase the growth, returns, and competitiveness of the chain.

Value Chain Analysis in HR – the analysis of human functions in a value chain, including insights into the value creation of employees and possibly in relation to activities performed by the HR department.

Value Chain Analysis in IT – the analysis of information technology in a value chain, providing insights into value creation via IT solutions (e.g. ERP, automation, etc.)

Value Chain Analysis in Tax & TP – the analysis of a MNE’s value chain, including its international operations and various tax relevant data points (e.g. margins, costs, FTEs, income and profit allocation, risks etc.)

Supply Chain – the flow and logistics of goods and services from point of origin to point of consumption, including raw materials, work-in-process inventories, and finished goods.

Return on Investment -the benefit to an investor resulting from the investment of a particular resource.

Data Factories – the technological infrastructures that allow businesses to improve already existing services and recognize new opportunities through the use of data.

Return on Data – how efficiently a business is able to generate profits from its inventory of data.