A Multi-dimensional Framework of Rural Supply Chain Management: Moving towards New Research Perspectives

Günter Prockl, Bettina Williger, Maja Tampe, Daniel Hellström

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Purpose: This paper aims to present an exploratory view of rural supply chain management (RSCM) and furthermore, to provide a framework to facilitate further study and research. The paper also identifies future research directions derived from the framework.Design/methodology/approach: Based on the limited literature in the field, this paper adopts an inductive approach using an interdisciplinary panel of international experts.Findings: The findings pinpoint that RSCM is multi-faced and classifies the research area into four main dimensions and lenses, resulting in a holistic framework which brings together the wide-ranging character of the areas. The four proposed overarching dimensions of RSCM are; rural logistics, policy, community and innovation.Research limitations/implications: The research shows that there exists an explicit need for more research on RSCM. This paper provides a foundation for future examination of, and theory building in, this research area. Specifically, it highlights a significant number of opportunities for further research for scholars from various disciplines.Practical implications: This paper can support the development of rural markets and businesses while they cope with the logistical challenges (e.g. scale effects) particularly relevant to retail and service industries. It also enables leveraging opportunities (e.g. heterogeneity and identity) in these areas.Original/value: This work represents the first initiative to present a comprehensive view of RSCM, and expands supply chain management beyond focal firms to consider the ecosystem posited to be a requisite in the study of the concept of RSCM.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th Annual NOFOMA Conference : Relevant Logistics and Supply Chain Management Research
EditorsJan Stentoft
Number of pages17
Place of PublicationKolding
PublisherSyddansk Universitet. Institut for Entreprenørskab og Relationsledelse
Publication date2018
ISBN (Print)9788791070938
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe 30th NOFOMA Conference 2018: Annual Nordic Logistics Research Network Conference - SDU - University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark
Duration: 13 Jun 201815 Jun 2018
Conference number: 30


ConferenceThe 30th NOFOMA Conference 2018
LocationSDU - University of Southern Denmark
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  • Rural
  • Supply chain management
  • Logistics
  • Digitalisation
  • Sustainability
  • Expert panel

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