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The emerging big data analytics and IoT in supply chain management: a systematic review

Arun Aryal (College of Business and Economics, California State University, Los Angeles, California, USA)
Ying Liao (Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA)
Prasnna Nattuthurai (California State University, Los Angeles, California, USA)
Bo Li (College of Business and Economics, California State University, Los Angeles, California, USA)

Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 1359-8546

Article publication date: 28 December 2018

Issue publication date: 24 February 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to provide insights into the way in which understanding and implementation of disruptive technology, specifically big data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), have changed over time. The study also examines the ways in which research in supply chain and related fields differ when responding to and managing disruptive change.

Design/methodology/approach

This study follows a four-step systematic review process, consisting of literature collection, descriptive analysis, category selection and material evaluation. For the last stage of evaluating relevant issues and trends in the literature, the latent semantic analysis method was adopted using Leximancer, which allows more rapid, reliable and consistent content analysis.

Findings

The empirical analysis identified key research trends in big data analytics and IoT divided over two time-periods, in which research demonstrated steady growth by 2015 and the rapid growth was shown afterwards. The key finding of this review is that the main interest in recent big data is toward overlapping customer service, support and supply chain network, systems and performance. Major research themes in IoT moved from general supply chain and business information management to more specific context including supply chain design, model and performance.

Originality/value

In addition to providing more awareness of this research approach, the authors seek to identify important trends in disruptive technologies research over time.

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Citation

Aryal, A., Liao, Y., Nattuthurai, P. and Li, B. (2020), "The emerging big data analytics and IoT in supply chain management: a systematic review", Supply Chain Management, Vol. 25 No. 2, pp. 141-156. https://doi.org/10.1108/SCM-03-2018-0149

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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