An integrative framework for supply chain collaboration

Togar M. Simatupang (School of Business and Management, Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia)
Ramaswami Sridharan (University of Wollongong in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

International Journal of Logistics Management, The

ISSN: 0957-4093

Publication date: 1 December 2005



This paper proposes an integrative framework for supply chain collaboration which is based on the reciprocal approach.


A reciprocal approach is adopted to capture the interaction phenomenon of different features of collaboration in attaining overall supply chain performance.


A collaborative supply chain framework is composed of five connecting features of collaboration, namely collaborative performance system, information sharing, decision synchronization, incentive alignment, and integrated supply chain processes.

Research limitations/implications

Further research could be carried out to capitalize the framework for diagnosing and improving supply chain collaboration.

Practical implications

The proposed framework enables the chain members to scrutinize key features of supply chain collaboration before and during collaborative initiatives.


Previous research on supply chain collaboration mainly assume the unilateral phenomenon of collaboration that focuses on a single feature such as information sharing or co‐managed inventory. The proposed framework for the first time explicitly addresses the interaction of different connecting features of collaboration.



Simatupang, T. and Sridharan, R. (2005), "An integrative framework for supply chain collaboration", International Journal of Logistics Management, The, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 257-274.

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