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Challenges in relating supply chain management and information and communication technology: An introduction

Dirk Pieter van Donk (Department of Operations, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Article publication date: 21 March 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The paper's purpose is to provide a motivation for investigating the relationship between supply chain management (SCM) and information and communication technology (ICT), to describe associated theoretical and practical problems and to introduce the papers of the special issue.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is partly based upon a short literature review, including the papers of the special issue.

Findings

An important finding is that the relationship and integration of SCM and ICT in all papers of this special issue are strongly intertwined with managerial and organizational theory related issues.

Research limitations/implications

The paper suggests three possible avenues for building theory in the joint field of SCM and ICT on the one hand and organizational theory on the other hand.

Practical implications

Implicitly the paper argues for a better use of organizational and managerial insights to increase the usage and implementation of ICT in the context of SCM.

Originality/value

The paper offers a research agenda for incorporating organizational theory to develop the integration of SCM and ICT.

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Citation

Pieter van Donk, D. (2008), "Challenges in relating supply chain management and information and communication technology: An introduction", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 28 No. 4, pp. 308-312. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443570810861534

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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