Supply chain management integration and implementation: a literature review
Source TitleSupply Chain Management
PublisherEMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD
University of Melbourne Author/sPower, Damien
AffiliationManagement and Marketing
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsPower, D. (2005). Supply chain management integration and implementation: a literature review. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, 10 (3-4), pp.252-263. https://doi.org/10.1108/13598540510612721.
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to review a sample of the literature relating to the integration and implementation of supply chain management practices from a strategic viewpoint. Design/methodology/approach The literature is examined from three perspectives. First, supply chain integration covers issues relating to integration of core processes across organizational boundaries through improved communication, partnerships, alliances and cooperation. Second, strategy and planning examines supply chain management as a strategic matter for trading partners, along with factors relating to the amount of planning required. Third, implementation issues concern factors critical for successful implementation, as well as issues specific to inter and intra‐organizational aspects of supply chain initiatives are contained in this sub‐group Findings An important emergent theme from the literature is the importance of taking a holistic view, and the systemic nature of interactions between the participants. At the same time, it is also apparent that this requirement to take such an holistic and systemic view of the supply chain acts as an impediment to more extensive implementation. The strategic nature of adopting a supply chain wide perspective, on the one hand provides significant potential benefit, and on the other requires trading partners to think and act strategically. This is easier said than done within a stand‐alone organization, let alone across a diverse and dispersed group of trading partners. Research limitations/implications The scope of this review is by design limited to a cross‐section of the literature in this area. As such, it cannot, and does not, attempt to be an examination of the full range of the literature, but a sampling of important and influential works. Practical implications This review of the literature serves to highlight the inter‐dependence between integration (technologies, logistics, and partnerships), a strategic view of supply chain systems, and implementation approach. All three need to inform and underpin each other in order for management of supply chains to be able to deliver on the promise of benefits for all trading partners. Originality/value This study reviews a sample of recent and classic literature in this field, and in doing so provides some clear guidelines for the conduct of future research.
KeywordsBusiness and Management
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