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Towards a theoretical foundation of supply network interdependence and technology‐enabled coordination strategies

Joseph B. Skipper (Department of Management, College of Business, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA)
Christopher W. Craighead (Supply Chain Management Program, Auburn, Alabama, USA)
Terry Anthony Byrd (Department of Management, College of Business, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA)
R. Kelly Rainer (Department of Management, College of Business, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 1 February 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to provide a conceptual/theoretical foundation to enhance the body of knowledge related to supply chain interdependence and technology‐enabled coordination.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper heavily engaged itself in the theory/literature related to coordination theory, interdependence theory, interdependence, coordination and supply chain technologies to formulate the theoretical propositions.

Findings

From the literature/theoretical bases, the paper derived a total (include sub‐components) of eight theoretical propositions related to interdependence, coordination and technology enablers.

Research limitations/implications

While technology enabled‐coordination is central to supply chain management, there is a lack of a prescriptive view present in the literature. By deriving insights from the rich literature related to coordination theory and interdependence theory, we provide a theoretical foundation for future research to enhance the body of knowledge related to the systematic application of technology to foster the appropriate coordination strategy.

Practical implications

Although empirical support is warranted, the proposed concepts related to technology‐enabled coordination offer pragmatic advice to managers.

Originality/value

The paper provides a theoretical foundation for future research to enhance the body of knowledge related to the systematic application of technology to foster the appropriate coordination strategies.

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Citation

Skipper, J.B., Craighead, C.W., Byrd, T.A. and Kelly Rainer, R. (2008), "Towards a theoretical foundation of supply network interdependence and technology‐enabled coordination strategies", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 38 No. 1, pp. 39-56. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600030810857201

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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