Rural Supply Chain Management: A Multidimensional Framework for Future Research in Europe

Günter Prockl, Bettina Williger, Maja Tampe, Yulia Vakulenko, Daniel Hellström

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Innovations affect urban and rural areas differently. Although the supply chain management (SCM) literature recognises the interaction between urban and rural areas in terms of flow of products, people and communication, the rural perspective is clearly missing. An inductive approach was applied using an interdisciplinary panel of international experts to explore challenges and opportunities in the integral fields of rural development and SCM. Four key dimensions emerged that deal with rural logistics, policy, community and innovation. The results characterise rural SCM as multidimensional and classify the research field according to these four key dimensions. The resulting holistic framework brings the wide-ranging character of the research field together. The study provides foundations for the future research and theory building in this emerging research field. It also supports the development of rural markets and businesses in their efforts to cope with challenges that are particularly relevant to retail and service industries.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Business and Systems Research
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)701-726
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • Rural
  • Supply chain management
  • Multidimensional framework
  • Logistics
  • Innovation
  • Policy
  • Community
  • Expert panel
  • Europe

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