Messy supply chains

Schiffling, Sarah, Piecyk, Maja and Caldwell, Nigel (2014) Messy supply chains. In: EurOMA Conference 2014, 20.-25.06.2014, Palermo, Italy.

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Extant research has made many advances in our understanding of how relatively stable, repetitive supply chains (SCs) can be run effectively. This study focuses on the less researched SCs that are not stable or repetitive. To capture the management challenges of this type of SC, a definition of "messy supply chains" (MSCs) for SCs presenting "wicked" (Rittel and Webber, 2007) or "messy" problems (Ackoff, 1981) is proposed. A conceptual framework is explored in the context of the literature on humanitarian operations. This framework will form the foundation of an in-depth examination of MSCs to aid research and managerial practice.
Keywords: supply

Keywords:supply chain management, messy problems, wicked problems, humanitarian logistics
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:16359
Deposited On:06 Jan 2015 11:57

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