To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

Interaction: a new focus for supply chain vs supply chain competition

Imoh Antai (Department of Supply Chain Management and Corporate Geography, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland)
Hans Olson (Brains and Bricks Research Center, University of Linkoping, Norrkoping, Sweden)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 2 August 2013




Although the supply chain (SC) competition concept has emerged during the past decade as the way firms will compete in future, there is scant academic research on actual mechanisms through which such competition can occur. The purpose of this paper is to proposes interaction as the means by which competition between supply chains may be undertaken.


The paper investigates a Swedish logistics center via case study methodology to develop the idea of interaction for SC vs SC competition.


Results suggest that interaction points along organizations ' supply chains may present enough breadth to assume a role in determining how SC vs SC competition may be played out in reality.

Research limitations/implications

Interaction, as proposed here, implies an emphasis on all points at which supply chains meet to request goods and services, including various points where such supply chains converge, e.g. service providers, original equipment manufacturers, etc.


Most studies dealing with competition between supply chains fall short of exploring the link between theory and corresponding practice of this evolving competition mode. Such a link is provided with the use of logistics centers.



Antai, I. and Olson, H. (2013), "Interaction: a new focus for supply chain vs supply chain competition", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 43 No. 7, pp. 511-528.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited