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Does ICT influence supply chain management and performance? A review of survey‐based research

Xuan Zhang (School of Business Administration, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, China)
Dirk Pieter van Donk (Department of Operations, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands)
Taco van der Vaart (Department of Operations, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Article publication date: 18 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review and classify survey‐based research connecting information and communication technology (ICT), supply chain management (SCM), and supply chain (SC) performance. The review evaluates present empirical results and aims at detecting explanations for similarities and differences in reported findings in the current literature.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based upon a structured literature review of the major journals in the fields of operations management, logistics, and information systems.

Findings

The point of departure in this paper is the possible inconsistency in reported findings within this field of research. The paper finds that measurements and constructs in all three major variables (ICT, SCM, SC performance) are different and often incomparable, and contextual factors are not systematically considered. Surprisingly, despite these differences, the papers reviewed show that generally, there is a positive direct or indirect effect of ICT on performance and SCM.

Research limitations/implications

The paper aims at reviewing the survey‐based literature only. Findings from case studies and other types of studies are not considered. An implication of this paper might be to reconsider how future survey studies should be designed and what constructs and issues need to be incorporated. Specifically, the relationships between single technologies, aspects of SCM and performance dimensions need specific attention in future research.

Originality/value

The paper offers a systematic review that helps to further develop our understanding of the relationship of SCM, ICT, and SC performance.

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Citation

Zhang, X., Pieter van Donk, D. and van der Vaart, T. (2011), "Does ICT influence supply chain management and performance? A review of survey‐based research", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 31 No. 11, pp. 1215-1247. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443571111178501

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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