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Exploring Influences on Information Sharing in Supply Chains : A Scenario Planning Study

Grönvall, Karolin LU (2011)
Abstract
Many managers would argue that today’s business environment is both
rapidly changing and increasingly complex. To be able to deal with this
environment, organizations and supply chains need to be prepared to make
coordinated decisions on actions on how to handle possible future events.
To coordinate decisions in organizations and along supply chains,
information sharing is required. Practitioners are aware that the future holds
possibilities and challenges for information sharing in supply chains. Thus,
they need to ask themselves which possibilities and challenges the future
will bring for information sharing and how to handle them.
The overall purpose of this research is to provide practitioners... (More)
Many managers would argue that today’s business environment is both
rapidly changing and increasingly complex. To be able to deal with this
environment, organizations and supply chains need to be prepared to make
coordinated decisions on actions on how to handle possible future events.
To coordinate decisions in organizations and along supply chains,
information sharing is required. Practitioners are aware that the future holds
possibilities and challenges for information sharing in supply chains. Thus,
they need to ask themselves which possibilities and challenges the future
will bring for information sharing and how to handle them.
The overall purpose of this research is to provide practitioners and
academics with a sense of direction and preparedness for an uncertain
future regarding information sharing. The research is based on a single
study that uses an intuitive-logic scenario planning technique to identify
trends and create scenarios of plausible futures for information sharing in
supply chains.
In total 21 trends were identified in the domains of information and
communications technology (ICT), information, politics and opinion,
organization, and socio-economy. This research provides insights into these
trends and gives an indication of uncertainties that potentially will be
important to consider in the future. Moreover, the results indicate future
benefits and challenges for information sharing.
For practitioners, this research can be used as a means for understanding
plausible futures and coming events. It also provides practitioners with
scenarios that can be used as a foundation for decision support and
preparedness for an uncertain future, thus providing insights for risk
management, long-term planning and strategy building. The identification
of trends contributes to the limited existing literature dealing with trends in
logistics and supply chain management in general and information sharing
in supply chains in particular. Moreover, the developed scenarios indicate
potential future research foci. The research makes a methodological
contribution as it provides a glance into how to use intuitive-logic scenario planning to explore a given topic in logistics and supply chain management
research. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Many managers would argue that today’s business environment is both<br/>rapidly changing and increasingly complex. To be able to deal with this<br/>environment, organizations and supply chains need to be prepared to make<br/>coordinated decisions on actions on how to handle possible future events.<br/>To coordinate decisions in organizations and along supply chains,<br/>information sharing is required. Practitioners are aware that the future holds<br/>possibilities and challenges for information sharing in supply chains. Thus,<br/>they need to ask themselves which possibilities and challenges the future<br/>will bring for information sharing and how to handle them.<br/>The overall purpose of this research is to provide practitioners and<br/>academics with a sense of direction and preparedness for an uncertain<br/>future regarding information sharing. The research is based on a single<br/>study that uses an intuitive-logic scenario planning technique to identify<br/>trends and create scenarios of plausible futures for information sharing in<br/>supply chains.<br/>In total 21 trends were identified in the domains of information and<br/>communications technology (ICT), information, politics and opinion,<br/>organization, and socio-economy. This research provides insights into these<br/>trends and gives an indication of uncertainties that potentially will be<br/>important to consider in the future. Moreover, the results indicate future<br/>benefits and challenges for information sharing.<br/>For practitioners, this research can be used as a means for understanding<br/>plausible futures and coming events. It also provides practitioners with<br/>scenarios that can be used as a foundation for decision support and<br/>preparedness for an uncertain future, thus providing insights for risk<br/>management, long-term planning and strategy building. The identification<br/>of trends contributes to the limited existing literature dealing with trends in<br/>logistics and supply chain management in general and information sharing<br/>in supply chains in particular. Moreover, the developed scenarios indicate<br/>potential future research foci. The research makes a methodological<br/>contribution as it provides a glance into how to use intuitive-logic scenario planning to explore a given topic in logistics and supply chain management<br/>research.},
  author       = {Grönvall, Karolin},
  isbn         = {9789174731903},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {12},
  publisher    = {Division of Packaging Logistics, Lund University},
  school       = {Lund University},
  title        = {Exploring Influences on Information Sharing in Supply Chains : A Scenario Planning Study},
  year         = {2011},
}