Complementary Theories to Supply Chain Management

Arni Halldorsson, Juliana Hsuan, Herbert Kotzab

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference abstract for conferenceResearch

778 Downloads (Pure)


Borrowing from complementary theories has become an important part of theorizing SCM. We build upon principal-agent theory (PAT), transaction cost analysis (TCA), network theory (NT), and resource-based view (RBV) to provide insights on how to structure a supply chain and manage it. Through extensive literature review, we identified 76 articles of which a content analysis was performed on their appropriateness for PAT, TCA, NT and RBV. Our findings suggest that the integrative and multi-layered nature of SCM sets the conditions for “theorizing SCM” that can take place through various forms: theory application, new theoretical combinations and sensitivity to managerial practice.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event5th World Conference on Production and Operations Management. P&OM 2016 - Havana International Conference Centre, Havana, Cuba
Duration: 6 Sept 201610 Sept 2016
Conference number: 5


Conference5th World Conference on Production and Operations Management. P&OM 2016
LocationHavana International Conference Centre
Internet address


  • Supply chain management
  • Theories
  • Theorization

Cite this