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Andreas Wieland
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  • March 23, 2015
  • 06:33 AM
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Sustainability: Do Supply Management and Global Sourcing Matter? (Guest Post by Jury Gualandris, UCD)

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Is it possible to achieve high environmental and social performance in global supply chains? I am happy to share the following guest post by Dr. Jury Gualandris, shedding some light on this problem. Thank you for contributing to my blog. Increasing demand from a variety of stakeholders has pushed firms to improve environmental and social […]... Read more »

Gualandris, J., Golini, R., & Kalchschmidt, M. (2014) Do Supply Management and Global Sourcing Matter for Firm Sustainability Performance?. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 19(3), 258-274. DOI: 10.1108/SCM-11-2013-0430  

  • March 2, 2015
  • 03:04 AM
  • 107 views

A Theory of Robust Supply Chains

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Strategies and practices to achieve supply chain resilience have been at the heart of supply chain management practice and research for almost a decade. However, such efforts have often focused on ways to make supply chains more reactive to turbulence and disruptions. In our recent article, Antecedents and Dimensions of Supply Chain Robustness, my co-authors, Christian […]... Read more »

  • February 10, 2015
  • 02:17 AM
  • 142 views

A Theory of the Supply Chain

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

In their very insightful essay, Toward the Theory of the Supply Chain, Carter, Rogers & Choi (2015) argue that “before we continue to build theories of supply chain management, we must first develop a theory of the supply chain – the phenomenon that we purport to manage”. I could not agree more with their argument. […]... Read more »

Carter, C.R., Rogers, D.S., & Choi, T.Y. (2015) Toward the Theory of the Supply Chain. Journal of Supply Chain Management. info:/10.1111/jscm.12073

  • January 26, 2015
  • 04:42 PM
  • 128 views

More Complexity = More Disruptions?

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Trends in management towards a concentration on core competencies and outsourcing of non-core activities have created complex networks, i.e., global supply chains. At the same time, it has been discussed that this increased complexity has also made companies more vulnerable. An interesting paper, Structural Drivers of Upstream Supply Chain Complexity and the Frequency of Supply […]... Read more »

  • January 12, 2015
  • 03:21 AM
  • 179 views

Citations of Excellence Awards 2014

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Like every year (see my previous post), Emerald rewards authors of exceptional papers covered in its extensive Emerald Management Reviews database with a Citation of Excellence Award (full list). I went through the latest list of the Citations of Excellence Top 50 papers. This time, the list contains at least two papers from related disciplines […]... Read more »

Locke, R., Qin, F., & Brause, A. (2007) Does Monitoring Improve Labor Standards? Lessons from Nike. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 61(1), 3-31. info:/

  • November 26, 2014
  • 02:42 AM
  • 228 views

Design for Postponement

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Today, I would like to draw your attention to one of my favorite articles in the field of supply chain management: Design for Postponement by Swaminathan & Lee (2003). The article identifies three key postponement enablers: First, process standardization, where the initial steps of a process are standardized across a product line and distinct personalities […]... Read more »

Swaminathan, J.M., & Lee, H.L. (2003) Design for Postponement. Handbooks in Operations Research and Management Science, 199-226. DOI: 10.1016/S0927-0507(03)11005-5  

  • November 12, 2014
  • 09:19 AM
  • 243 views

Human Rights in the End-to-End Supply Chain

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

“Certification programs have their merits and their limitations. With the growing availability of social media, analytics tools, and supply chain data, a smarter set of solutions could soon be possible”, as Robert Handfield and I argue in our paper, just published in Supply Chain Management Review. We believe that an evolution from company thinking to […]... Read more »

Wieland, A., & Handfield, R.B. (2014) The Challenge of Ensuring Human Rights in the End-to-End Supply Chain. Supply Chain Management Review, 18(6), 49-51. info:/

  • September 23, 2014
  • 04:23 AM
  • 280 views

SCM Best Paper Award Winners 2014

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

This year, the CSCMP’s Annual Global Conference 2014 was held in San Antonio, Texas. The Educators’ Conference, which provides academics and students a forum to hear the latest in our research field, has become an integral part of it. As every year (see my previous post from Denver last year), several leading supply chain management […]... Read more »

Corsi, T.M., Grimm, C., Cantor, D., & Wright, D. (2014) Should Smaller Commercial Trucks Be Subject to Safety Regulations?. Transportation Journal, 53(2), 117-142. DOI: 10.5325/transportationj.53.2.0117  

Kull, T.J., Barratt, M., Sodero, A.C., & Rabinovich, E. (2013) Investigating the Effects of Daily Inventory Record Inaccuracy in Multichannel Retailing. Journal of Business Logistics, 34(3), 189-208. info:/10.1111/jbl.12019

  • August 16, 2014
  • 03:52 AM
  • 347 views

The Mechanisms of Supply Chain Resilience

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Two ingredients are needed to create supply chain resilience: robustness, which is proactive, and agility, which is reactive. Robustness builds on anticipation “to gain knowledge about potential changes that might occur in the future” and preparedness “to maintain a stable situation”. Agility builds on visibility “to gain knowledge about actual changes that are currently occurring” […]... Read more »

Wieland, A., & Wallenburg, C.M. (2013) The Influence of Relational Competencies on Supply Chain Resilience: A Relational View. International Journal of Physical Distribution , 43(4), 300-320. info:/10.1108/IJPDLM-08-2012-0243

  • August 10, 2014
  • 01:30 AM
  • 324 views

Reducing Risk and Creating More Resilient Supply Chains

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

That does a supply chain risk researcher’s heart good: MIT Sloan Management Review has recently published two interesting case studies about the interface between risk and supply chain management. First, in the magazine’s spring issue, Chopra and Sodhi call attention to a dilemma faced by most managers: “Solutions to reduce risk mean little unless they […]... Read more »

Chopra, S., & Sodhi, M.S. (2014) Reducing the Risk of Supply Chain Disruptions. MIT Sloan Management Review. info:/

  • July 5, 2014
  • 02:21 AM
  • 312 views

A Trail Guide to Publishing Success

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Are you currently conducting conceptual, qualitative, or survey research? Are you also aiming to publish the results in a top journal? Then I have some tips for you that could bring you one step closer to your goal. These tips can be found in a recent JBL editorial: A Trail Guide to Publishing Success: Tips […]... Read more »

  • June 24, 2014
  • 01:15 PM
  • 328 views

The Science of Sustainable Supply Chains (Guest Post by Dara O’Rourke, UC Berkeley)

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

My guest post today comes from Dara O’Rourke. In his recent Science article, The Science of Sustainable Supply Chains, Dara argues that the field of supply chain management needs to significantly improve and integrate sustainability measurement systems and decision-support tools. The science of sustainability measurement has progressed alongside efforts to advance supply chain traceability, impact […]... Read more »

  • May 9, 2014
  • 06:05 AM
  • 353 views

The Governance of Global Value Chains

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

It can be very insightful to see how supply chains are viewed in other research fields. Gereffi, Humphrey and Sturgeon (2005) take a transaction-based political economy perspective to explain The Governance of Global Value Chains. To do so, three variables (complexity of transactions, ability to codify transactions, capabilities in the supply base) are identified, and […]... Read more »

Gereffi, G., Humphrey, J., & Sturgeon, T. (2005) The Governance of Global Value Chains. Review of International Political Economy, 12(1), 78-104. DOI: 10.1080/09692290500049805  

  • February 14, 2014
  • 10:49 AM
  • 458 views

Climate Extremes Will Challenge Our Supply Chains (Guest Post by Anders Levermann, PIK)

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

In his recent Nature article, Climate Economics: Make Supply Chains Climate-smart, Anders Levermann argues that supply chains need to adapt to extreme weather. He discusses this topic in the following guest post. Extreme weather events are likely to intensify the more greenhouse-gases we emit – and these extremes are more than just a local risk. […]... Read more »

  • January 6, 2014
  • 12:43 AM
  • 425 views

Examining Transactions within a Supply Chain Context

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

In a previous post, I presented a discussion about the relationship between transaction cost economics (TCE) and supply chain management (SCM), which was started by Williamson (2008) and continued by Zipkin (2012). This discussion called attention to several theoretical gaps at the TCE/SCM interface. In their 2012 article, Supply Chain-Wide Consequences of Transaction Risks and […]... Read more »

  • December 20, 2013
  • 06:57 AM
  • 492 views

Eight Rules for Formal Conceptual Definitions

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Theory-building empirical research needs formal conceptual definitions. Particularly, such definitions are necessary conditions for construct validity. But what is a “good” formal conceptual definition? In his seminal JOM paper, A Theory of Formal Conceptual Definitions: Developing Theory-building Measurement Instruments, Wacker (2004) presents eight rules for formal conceptual definitions: (1) “Definitions should be formally defined using […]... Read more »

  • November 4, 2013
  • 03:07 AM
  • 494 views

SCM Best Paper Award Winners 2013 (2/2)

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Three more leading journals of our field have announced the winners of their best paper awards. First, the Decision Sciences Journal has selected the article Managing Differentiation-Integration Duality in Supply Chain Integration by Terjesen, Patel and Sanders for its Best Paper Award for 2012. Second, the article The Competitive Determinants of a Firm’s Environmental Management […]... Read more »

  • October 21, 2013
  • 01:24 AM
  • 501 views

SCM Best Paper Award Winners 2013

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

This year’s CSCMP Annual Global Conference is currently taking place in Denver, Colorado. It has become a good tradition that some of the leading journals of our field announce their best paper awards during the CSCMP’s Supply Chain Management Educators’ Conference, the academic part of the CSCMP Conference (see my previous post from Atlanta last […]... Read more »

  • October 6, 2013
  • 04:15 AM
  • 421 views

Collaboration Networks, Structural Holes, and Innovation

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Recently, I discovered an article by Ahuja (2000), Collaboration Networks, Structural Holes, and Innovation: A Longitudinal Study, which was published in Administrative Science Quarterly. It contains a framework that “relates three aspects of a firm’s ego network—direct ties, indirect ties, and structural holes (disconnections between a firm’s partners)—to the firm’s subsequent innovation output.” The author […]... Read more »

  • September 25, 2013
  • 04:15 AM
  • 437 views

Interesting × Important = Impact

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

“What is interesting research?” I recently read an essay by Cachon (2012), What Is Interesting in Operations Management?, published in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, which starts with just this question. The essay discusses Cachon’s view of “the essential characteristics of interesting research in general and in operations management in particular”. According to him, “[i]nteresting […]... Read more »

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