Coping with rising supply chain complexity: Conceptualising a supply network map structure model to address that challenge

Antonia Kappel*, Holger Schiele, Wolfgang Buchholz

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Abstract

The complexity in supply networks is increasing and influences the competitive position of the focal company. Traditional approaches like supply chain mapping only show the focal company’s relationships with suppliers and customers along the vertical supply chain, but are not capable to map any horizontal buyer-supplier relationships with other companies. Hence, this paper introduces a new supply network map structure model that extends the multi-tier view towards suppliers and customers along the vertical supply chain also to the complementors and competitors across the horizontal supply chain. Thus, the model enables the development of the existing supply chain mapping theory further into a holistic supply network mapping method. The model has been conceptualised with the help of 13 semi-structured interviews and is based on relevant models from the strategic management and the purchasing and supply management (PSM) literature. According to design science, it has been refined in several iterations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)794-817
Number of pages24
JournalInternational journal of procurement management
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Conceptual research
  • Design science
  • Semi-structured interviews
  • Supply chain complexity
  • Supply chain mapping
  • Supply network
  • Theory development
  • 22/2 OA procedure

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