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Towards a theoretical foundation of supply network interdependence and technology‐enabled coordination strategies

Towards a theoretical foundation of supply network interdependence and technology‐enabled... Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to provide a conceptual/theoretical foundation to enhance the body of knowledge related to supply chain interdependence and technology‐enabled coordination. Design/methodology/approach – The paper heavily engaged itself in the theory/literature related to coordination theory, interdependence theory, interdependence, coordination and supply chain technologies to formulate the theoretical propositions. Findings – From the literature/theoretical bases, the paper derived a total (include sub‐components) of eight theoretical propositions related to interdependence, coordination and technology enablers. Research limitations/implications – While technology enabled‐coordination is central to supply chain management, there is a lack of a prescriptive view present in the literature. By deriving insights from the rich literature related to coordination theory and interdependence theory, we provide a theoretical foundation for future research to enhance the body of knowledge related to the systematic application of technology to foster the appropriate coordination strategy. Practical implications – Although empirical support is warranted, the proposed concepts related to technology‐enabled coordination offer pragmatic advice to managers. Originality/value – The paper provides a theoretical foundation for future research to enhance the body of knowledge related to the systematic application of technology to foster the appropriate coordination strategies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management Emerald Publishing

Towards a theoretical foundation of supply network interdependence and technology‐enabled coordination strategies

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0960-0035
DOI
10.1108/09600030810857201
Publisher site
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to provide a conceptual/theoretical foundation to enhance the body of knowledge related to supply chain interdependence and technology‐enabled coordination. Design/methodology/approach – The paper heavily engaged itself in the theory/literature related to coordination theory, interdependence theory, interdependence, coordination and supply chain technologies to formulate the theoretical propositions. Findings – From the literature/theoretical bases, the paper derived a total (include sub‐components) of eight theoretical propositions related to interdependence, coordination and technology enablers. Research limitations/implications – While technology enabled‐coordination is central to supply chain management, there is a lack of a prescriptive view present in the literature. By deriving insights from the rich literature related to coordination theory and interdependence theory, we provide a theoretical foundation for future research to enhance the body of knowledge related to the systematic application of technology to foster the appropriate coordination strategy. Practical implications – Although empirical support is warranted, the proposed concepts related to technology‐enabled coordination offer pragmatic advice to managers. Originality/value – The paper provides a theoretical foundation for future research to enhance the body of knowledge related to the systematic application of technology to foster the appropriate coordination strategies.

Journal

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 2008

Keywords: Supply chain management; Communication technologies; Integration

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