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e‐SCM: internet's impact on supply chain processes

Cristina Giménez (Department of Operations and Innovation Management, ESADE Business School – Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain)
Helena R. Lourenço (GREL‐IET, Department of Economics & Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Article publication date: 7 November 2008

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyse the interaction of two topics: supply chain management (SCM) and the internet. Merging these two fields is a key area of concern for contemporary managers and researchers. They have realised that the internet can enhance SCM by making real time information available and enabling collaboration between trading partners.

Design/methodology/approach

A literature review in prestigious academic journals in Operations Management and Logistics has been conducted for the period 1995‐2005. The objective is to collect, organise and synthesise existing knowledge relating to SCM and the internet.

Findings

The paper describes the impact that the internet has on the different processes that SCM embrace. The literature review undertaken on the topic has shown that e‐SCM has been acknowledged as an outstanding topic in the supply chain literature in the most prestigious operations management and logistics journals, especially after year 2000. The main topics have been e‐procurement, e‐fulfilment and information flows.

Originality/value

The value of this paper is to define e‐SCM, to analyse how research in this area has evolved during the period 1995‐2005 and to identify some lines of further research.

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Citation

Giménez, C. and Lourenço, H.R. (2008), "e‐SCM: internet's impact on supply chain processes", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 309-343. https://doi.org/10.1108/09574090810919189

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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