A New Paradigm for Systematic Literature Reviews in Supply Chain Management

Christian F. Durach, Joakim Kembro, Andreas Wieland

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While systematic literature reviews (SLRs) have contributed substantially to developing knowledge in fields such as medicine, they have made limited contributions to developing knowledge in the supply chain management domain. This is due to the ontological and epistemological idiosyncrasies of research in supply chain management, which need to be accounted for when retrieving, selecting, and synthesizing studies in an SLR. Therefore, we propose a new paradigm for SLRs in the supply chain domain that is based on both best practice and the unique attributes of doing supply chain management research. This approach involves exploring existing studies with attention to theoretical boundaries, units of analysis, sources of data, study contexts, definitions and the operationalization of constructs, as well as research methods, with the goal of refining or revising existing theory. This new paradigm will push supply chain management research to the frontier of current methodological standards and build a foundation for improving the contribution of future SLRs in the supply chain and adjacent management disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Supply Chain Management
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)67-85
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

Bibliographical note

Published online: 15. July 2017


  • Literature review
  • Methodology
  • Guidelines
  • Paradigm
  • Bias

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