Supply Chain Management: What is Our Inventory of Theories?

Andreas Wieland, Robert B. Handfield

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Supply chain management has made great strides in becoming a discipline with a standalone body of theories. As part of this evolution, researchers have sought to embed and integrate observed supply chain management phenomena into theoretical statements. In our review, we explore where we have been, and where we must travel for the discipline to continue to evolve. Unlike previous reviews of SCM theory, we pursue a novel approach that is based on an analysis of explorative survey data collected from academics. This research presents an overview of the prevailing theories in terms of their relevance and their empirical support.
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
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  • Theories
  • Survey
  • Theory building
  • Supply chain management

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