A transaction cost approach to supply chain management

Jill E. Hobbs (Jill E. Hobbs is based at Excellence in the Pacific Research Institute, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada, and Faculty of Management, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada)

Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 1359-8546

Publication date: 1 August 1996


Observes that supply chain management is a rapidly‐evolving subject which offers many insights into how industries are organized and into the efficiency gains which can be made under different organizational structures, pointing out that it is an interdisciplinary concept, drawing on aspects of marketing, economics, logistics, organizational behaviour, etc. Presents a framework from the economics literature which may be useful for those interested in understanding and exploring the concept of supply chain management. Describes the origins and development of transaction cost analysis and explains the key concepts of the framework. Discusses the potential effects of transaction costs on vertical co‐ordination within an industry and, hence, on supply chain management. Finally, suggests methods for empiricizing transaction cost analysis, resulting in recommendations for closer co‐operation between researchers and business managers.



Hobbs, J.E. (1996), "A transaction cost approach to supply chain management", Supply Chain Management, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 15-27. https://doi.org/10.1108/13598549610155260

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