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Information sharing in supply chains: a review of risks and opportunities using the systematic literature network analysis (SLNA)

Claudia Colicchia (Hull University Business School, University of Hull, Hull, UK)
Alessandro Creazza (Hull University Business School, University of Hull, Hull, UK)
Carlo Noè (School of Industrial Engineering, Carlo Cattaneo University-LIUC, Castellanza, Italy)
Fernanda Strozzi (School of Industrial Engineering, Carlo Cattaneo University-LIUC, Castellanza, Italy)

Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 1359-8546

Article publication date: 31 December 2018

Issue publication date: 4 March 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify and discuss the most important research areas on information sharing in supply chains and related risks, taking into account their evolution over time. This paper sheds light on what is happening today and what the trajectories for the future are, with particular respect to the implications for supply chain management.

Design/methodology/approach

The dynamic literature review method called Systematic Literature Network Analysis (SLNA) was adopted. It combines the Systematic Literature Review approach and bibliographic network analyses, and it relies on objective measures and algorithms to perform quantitative literature-based detection of emerging topics.

Findings

The focus of the literature seems to be on threats that are internal to the extended supply chain rather than on external attacks, such as viruses, traditionally related to information technology (IT). The main arising risk appears to be the intentional or non-intentional leakage of information. Also, papers analyze the implications for information sharing coming from “soft” factors such as trust and collaboration among supply chain partners. Opportunities are also highlighted and include how information sharing can be leveraged to confront disruptions and increase resilience.

Research limitations/implications

The adopted methodology allows for providing an original perspective on the investigated topic, that is, how information sharing in supply chains and related risks are evolving over time because of the turbulent advances in technology.

Practical implications

Emergent and highly critical risks related to information sharing are highlighted to support the design of supply chain risks strategies. Also, critical areas to the development of “beyond-the-dyad” initiatives to manage information sharing risks emerge. Opportunities coming from information sharing that are less known and exploited by companies are provided.

Originality/value

This paper focuses on the supply chain perspective rather than the traditional IT-based view of information sharing. According to this perspective, this paper provides a dynamic representation of the literature on the investigated topic. This is an important contribution to the topic of information sharing in supply chains is continuously evolving and shaping new supply chain models.

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Citation

Colicchia, C., Creazza, A., Noè, C. and Strozzi, F. (2019), "Information sharing in supply chains: a review of risks and opportunities using the systematic literature network analysis (SLNA)", Supply Chain Management, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 5-21. https://doi.org/10.1108/SCM-01-2018-0003

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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