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Linking collaboration and integration to risk and performance in supply chains via a review of literature reviews

Florian Kache (Chair of Supply Chain Management, University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany)
Stefan Seuring (Chair of Supply Chain Management, University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany)

Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 1359-8546

Article publication date: 2 September 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to assess the links among these supply chain constructs by conducting a full-scale systematic review of all supply chain management (SCM) literature reviews published in ten leading logistics, SCM and operations management journals from 1989 to 2012. Collaboration and integration are as central to SCM as risk and performance management.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors apply content analysis to execute the systematic literature review on the sample of 103 articles, supplemented by contingency analysis. These approaches guarantee a replicable, rigorous and transparent research process and minimize researcher bias. The analytical categories required for the content analysis are defined along the constructs of collaboration/integration and risk/performance.

Findings

As can be expected, the review highlights the key role of the two constructs in SCM. In this light, the research claims to provide statistical evidence of a link between the constructs of collaboration/integration and risk/performance, most notably between collaboration and performance, information sharing and rewards sharing, as well as integration and supply chain performance.

Research limitations/implications

The study assesses the link between the constructs of collaboration/integration and risk/performance through research embedded in literature reviews, pinpointing research gaps and potential future research directions in the field. Contributing to SCM theory building, a thorough review provides statistical proof of the link between collaboration/integration and risk/performance.

Originality/value

Although numerous literature reviews have been conducted in the past on the SCM constructs of collaboration/integration and risk/performance, no full review of literature reviews aiming to test a theoretical link in the here presented form has yet been undertaken to the authors’ knowledge.

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Citation

Kache, F. and Seuring, S. (2014), "Linking collaboration and integration to risk and performance in supply chains via a review of literature reviews", Supply Chain Management, Vol. 19 No. 5/6, pp. 664-682. https://doi.org/10.1108/SCM-12-2013-0478

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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