Theories underpinning supply chain collaboration: a literature review

Lau, C and Gu, M 2015, 'Theories underpinning supply chain collaboration: a literature review', in KS Pawar, H Rogers and E Ferrari (ed.) Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2015), Bologna, Italy, 5-8 July 2015, pp. 173-180.


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Title Theories underpinning supply chain collaboration: a literature review
Author(s) Lau, C
Gu, M
Year 2015
Conference name ISL 2015: Reflections on Supply Chain Research and Practice
Conference location Bologna, Italy
Conference dates 5-8 July 2015
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL 2015)
Editor(s) KS Pawar, H Rogers and E Ferrari
Publisher Nottingham University Business School
Place of publication Nottingham, United Kingdom
Start page 173
End page 180
Total pages 8
Abstract This paper reviews the current literature on the various theories underpinning supply chain collaboration (SCC) and contributes a set of findings that capture the state-of-the-art in the field. A total of 89 articles on SCC have been systematically reviewed with respect to the objective(s) of the study and the underpinning theories employed. The findings reveal that management theories, such as resource based view (RBV), transaction cost economics (TCE) and network theory (NT), are often used to underpin SCC. Nevertheless, social theories, such as agency theory (AT), social exchange theory (SET) and institutional theory (IT), have also been applied. The choice of underpinning theories tends to depend upon whether the focus of the study is placed on the outcome or the process of collaboration. This study provides valuable reference to researchers who intend to apply management or social theories to account for the need for collaboration among supply chain (SC) members. It highlights the appropriateness of the various theories for underpinning certain aspects of SCC and their respective inadequacies. The study also reveals that SCC is such a complex and diverse activity that a single or unified theory to underpin the behaviour is currently unavailable.
Subjects Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Keyword(s) Literature review
Supply chain collaboration
Underpinning theories
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