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The new supply chain agenda: a synopsis and directions for future research

Theodore P. Stank (Department of Marketing and Logistics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)
J. Paul Dittmann (Department of Marketing and Logistics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)
Chad W. Autry (Department of Marketing and Logistics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Publication date: 8 November 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is first, to summarize the findings from the book The New Supply Chain Agenda (Slone, Dittmann, and Mentzer 2010). Second, it reviews associated academic research, identifies critical knowledge gaps, and suggests areas for future academic research that will aid scholars and managers in improving supply chain management (SCM) performance.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper summarizes and extends The New Supply Chain Agenda and juxtaposes the major elements of that book with a content review of existing literature in logistics and SCM to align gaps in knowledge with a call for future research.

Findings

The findings deepen understanding of the complexities and interrelationships prevalent among the five pillars and help identify new ways to improve the performance impact of SCM initiatives.

Research limitations/implications

Major areas for future research within the broad topics of talent management, technology, internal integration, external collaboration, and change management are identified. Academic research related to each area or pillar is summarized, gaps are identified, and future research directions are suggested to provide avenues in which theoretical grounding and scientific rigor may be applied to each pillar of The New Supply Chain Agenda.

Practical implications

Many of the proposed solutions to the challenges faced by supply chain professionals have not been subjected to the scholarly scrutiny that would determine their validity. This paper presents areas for meaningful academic research to help supply chain practitioners separate truth from hype.

Originality/value

The paper seeks to stimulate thinking and suggest new areas in which to do research related to the book's key premises.

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Citation

Stank, T.P., Paul Dittmann, J. and Autry, C.W. (2011), "The new supply chain agenda: a synopsis and directions for future research", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 41 No. 10, pp. 940-955. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600031111185220

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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