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Digital transformation of supply chain: a study on additive manufacturing practice in medical device in Australia

Md Maruf Hossan Chowdhury (Department of Management, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia)
Moira Scerri (Department of Management, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia)
Sajib Shahriar (University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia)
Katrina Skellern (University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia)

Journal of Enterprise Information Management

ISSN: 1741-0398

Article publication date: 1 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Drawing on a dynamic capability view, this study develops a decision support model that determines the most suitable configuration of strategies and challenges to adopt additive manufacturing (AM) to expedite digital transformation and performance improvement of the surgical and medical device (SMD) supply chain.

Design/methodology/approach

To investigate the research objective, a multi-method and multi-study research design was deployed using quality function deployment and fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis.

Findings

The study finds that only resilience strategies or negation (i.e. minimisation) of challenges are not enough; instead, a configuration of resilience strategies and negation of challenges is highly significant in enhancing performance.

Practical implications

SMD supply chain decision-makers will find the decision support model presented in this study as beneficial to be resilient against various challenges in the digital transformation of service delivery process.

Originality/value

This study builds new knowledge of the adoption of AM technology in the SMD supply chain. The decision support model developed in this study is unique and highly effective for fostering digital transformation and enhancing SMD supply chain performance.

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Acknowledgements

This Work was supported by the “APICS” which is currently known as Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM).

Citation

Chowdhury, M.M.H., Scerri, M., Shahriar, S. and Skellern, K. (2023), "Digital transformation of supply chain: a study on additive manufacturing practice in medical device in Australia", Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEIM-09-2022-0337

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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