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Collaborative tracking and tracing: the value of a composite design

Vahid Mirzabeiki (Division of Logistics and Transportation, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden)
Jan Holmström (Division of Logistics and Transportation, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden)
Kary Främling (School of Science and Technology, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Article publication date: 4 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose a collaborative tracking and tracing (T&T) system that enables supply chain actors to join and leave the system in run-time without disrupting the function of the system.

Design/methodology/approach

A collaborative T&T system is introduced using a conceptual approach. Supporting empirical data are collected through a deductive case study of a Swedish automotive supply chain.

Findings

A collaborative T&T system based on composite and observer design patterns is an appropriate solution for inter-organizational T&T.

Research limitations/implications

This research contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of logistics T&T. The conceptually developed collaborative T&T system needs to be validated empirically.

Practical implications

The collaborative T&T system developed conceptually here could be used as a model for the practical development of inter-organizational T&T systems.

Originality/value

The introduction of a collaborative T&T system, adopting the theories of software engineering and product data management, represents an original contribution to the field of T&T in logistics and transportation.

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Citation

Mirzabeiki, V., Holmström, J. and Främling, K. (2014), "Collaborative tracking and tracing: the value of a composite design", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 25 No. 3, pp. 522-536. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLM-07-2012-0056

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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