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Supply chain management integration: a critical analysis

Näslund, Dag LU and Hulthén, Hana LU (2012) In Benchmarking 19(4/5). p.481-501
Abstract
Purpose

The purpose is to examine various aspects of integration in order to structure and define the concept of supply chain management integration.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is based on an extensive literature review in three steps and a series of interviews with leading SCM consulting firms.

Findings

We found limited empirical research discussing SCM integration beyond the dyadic level and there is a lack of empirical evidence supporting the claimed benefits of supply chain management integration, especially beyond the dyadic level. There is also a lack of detailed frameworks and concrete recommendations for how supply chains can become more integrated. In fact, there is... (More)
Purpose

The purpose is to examine various aspects of integration in order to structure and define the concept of supply chain management integration.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is based on an extensive literature review in three steps and a series of interviews with leading SCM consulting firms.

Findings

We found limited empirical research discussing SCM integration beyond the dyadic level and there is a lack of empirical evidence supporting the claimed benefits of supply chain management integration, especially beyond the dyadic level. There is also a lack of detailed frameworks and concrete recommendations for how supply chains can become more integrated. In fact, there is significant confusion regarding the term SCM integration and thus we propose a definition of Supply Chain Management Integration.

Research limitations/implications

In terms of limitations, it is feasible that an extended literature review could have provided additional information. Similarly, additional interviews would have been preferable, yet given the level of expertise; and the access granted, we believe the current number of respondents is sufficient.

Practical implications

Our findings, and our effort to structure and define the term supply chain management integration, can facilitate organizational developments in this area.

Originality/value

Academic literature suggests that integration is a requirement for Supply Chain Management. However, integrated supply chain management is difficult to define and it seems hard to operationalize in practice. One could also argue that there has been a significant amount of hype regarding the potential as well as the results of SCM integration. (Less)
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Supply chain management, Integration, Information sharing, Collaboration
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Benchmarking
volume
19
issue
4/5
pages
481 - 501
publisher
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
external identifiers
  • other:10.1108/14635771211257963
  • scopus:84865362248
ISSN
1463-5771
DOI
10.1108/14635771211257963
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English
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yes
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  abstract     = {Purpose <br/><br>
The purpose is to examine various aspects of integration in order to structure and define the concept of supply chain management integration. <br/><br>
Design/methodology/approach <br/><br>
The study is based on an extensive literature review in three steps and a series of interviews with leading SCM consulting firms.<br/><br>
Findings <br/><br>
We found limited empirical research discussing SCM integration beyond the dyadic level and there is a lack of empirical evidence supporting the claimed benefits of supply chain management integration, especially beyond the dyadic level. There is also a lack of detailed frameworks and concrete recommendations for how supply chains can become more integrated. In fact, there is significant confusion regarding the term SCM integration and thus we propose a definition of Supply Chain Management Integration.<br/><br>
Research limitations/implications<br/><br>
In terms of limitations, it is feasible that an extended literature review could have provided additional information. Similarly, additional interviews would have been preferable, yet given the level of expertise; and the access granted, we believe the current number of respondents is sufficient.<br/><br>
Practical implications<br/><br>
Our findings, and our effort to structure and define the term supply chain management integration, can facilitate organizational developments in this area.<br/><br>
Originality/value<br/><br>
Academic literature suggests that integration is a requirement for Supply Chain Management. However, integrated supply chain management is difficult to define and it seems hard to operationalize in practice. One could also argue that there has been a significant amount of hype regarding the potential as well as the results of SCM integration.},
  author       = {Näslund, Dag and Hulthén, Hana},
  issn         = {1463-5771},
  keyword      = {Supply chain management,Integration,Information sharing,Collaboration},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4/5},
  pages        = {481--501},
  publisher    = {Emerald Group Publishing Limited},
  series       = {Benchmarking},
  title        = {Supply chain management integration: a critical analysis},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14635771211257963},
  volume       = {19},
  year         = {2012},
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