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Andreas Wieland
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  • May 26, 2016
  • 10:04 AM

Deductive, Inductive and Abductive Research in SCM

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Like it or not: Our discipline is very much dominated by positivism and the application of the scientific method, which assumes that new knowledge can be created by developing and testing theory or, in other words, by induction or deduction. Another type of inference is abduction. Spens & Kovács (2006) present an overview of the […]... Read more »

Spens, K., & Kovács, G. (2006) A Content Analysis of Research Approaches in Logistics Research. International Journal of Physical Distribution , 36(5), 374-390. DOI: 10.1108/09600030610676259  

  • May 17, 2016
  • 08:04 AM

Can Supply Chains Become Truly Sustainable?

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Our world is in crisis! Ten years ago, Time Magazine featured the headline: “Be Worried. Be Very Worried.” (about global warming). But things only got worse since. Leaked TTIP documents point to a race to the bottom in ecological standards between the EU and the U.S. New NASA figures show that April 2016 was the seventh […]... Read more »

Montabon, F., Pagell, M., & Wu, Z. (2016) Making Sustainability Sustainable. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 52(2), 11-27. DOI: 10.1111/jscm.12103  

  • March 31, 2016
  • 11:08 AM

The p-value Debate Has Reached SCM Research

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

We should not ignore that researchers – in general but also in supply chain management – are not always as properly trained to perform data analysis as they should be. A highly visible discussion is currently going on regarding the prevalent misuses of p-values. For example, too often research has been considered as “good” research, […]... Read more »

  • March 24, 2016
  • 06:12 AM

Creating Better Concept Definitions in SCM

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

I believe we all have already experienced this: The same concept can sometimes be defined in very different ways by different authors. Conceptual clarity would certainly be great, but how can we achieve it? Think, for example, about concepts such as trust, integration or dependence. So, what do we really mean when we are talking […]... Read more »

  • January 9, 2016
  • 04:23 PM

Multi-Methodological Research in Supply Chain Management

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Just like OM research, SCM research is dominated by three research methodologies: (1) analytical modelling research (optimization, computational, and simulation models etc.), (2) quantitative empirical research (surveys etc., and (3) case study research. There has been a recent trend towards multi-methodological research that combines different methodologies. A new article by Choi, Cheng and Zhao, titled […]... Read more »

Choi, T., Cheng, T., & Zhao, X. (2015) Multi-Methodological Research in Operations Management. Production and Operations Management. DOI: 10.1111/poms.12534  

  • October 1, 2015
  • 01:39 AM

Discriminant Validity – An Update

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

The AVE–SV comparison (Fornell & Larcker, 1981) is certainly the most common technique for detecting discriminant validity violations on the construct level. An alternative technique, proposed by Henseler et al. (2015), is the heterotrait–monotrait (HTMT) ratio of correlations (see the video below). Based on simulation data, these authors show for variance-based structural equation modeling (SEM), […]... Read more »

  • August 11, 2015
  • 05:32 AM

Redefining Some Methodological Criteria for Empirical Research

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

In their new editorial, the editors of the Journal of Operations Management highlight five important issues, “many of which continue to be reasons for rejections in the manuscript review process”. First, “it is time to take causality seriously”. Particularly, authors have to take steps toward correcting for endogeneity or demonstrating exogeneity. Second, “know which rules […]... Read more »

  • July 24, 2015
  • 03:13 AM

Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2015

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Some time ago, the winners of the annual Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2015 have been presented. Here comes a selection of this year’s outstanding papers related to supply chain management: First of all, it is noteworthy that several award-winning papers deal with sustainability; this includes papers written by Eng-Larsson & Norrman, Fabbe-Costes et […]... Read more »

  • July 4, 2015
  • 11:33 AM

The Smile of Value Creation

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Mudambi (2008) notes that “value-added is becoming increasingly concentrated at the upstream and downstream ends of the value chain” and that “activities at both ends of the value chain are intensive in their application of knowledge and creativity”. Value-added along the value chain is, thus, represented by a “smiling curve”. Mudambi, R. (2008). Location, Control […]... Read more »

  • June 18, 2015
  • 06:47 AM

Horizontal Alliances between Logistics Service Providers

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Supply chain research typically investigates phenomena that occur in vertical relationships, e.g., between suppliers and buyers. In our new article, The Interplay of Different Types of Governance in Horizontal Cooperations: A View on Logistics Service Providers, we take a look at horizontal relationships. For example, such relationships occur when two LSPs collaborate to complement their […]... Read more »

Raue, J.S., & Wieland, A. (2015) The Interplay of Different Types of Governance in Horizontal Cooperations: A View on Logistics Service Providers. International Journal of Logistics Management, 26(2). info:/

  • May 27, 2015
  • 04:07 AM

Supply Chain vs. Supply Chain Competition

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Many theory-testing efforts in our field are made by borrowing theories from other fields (e.g., transaction cost economics or resource-based theory), adapting them to a supply chain context and deriving hypotheses that are eventually tested statistically. By doing so, we have reached a lot! But we also need our own theories. For example, several years […]... Read more »

Rice, J.B., & Hoppe, R.M. (2001) Supply Chain vs. Supply Chain: The Hype . Supply Chain Management Review, 5(5). info:other/

  • May 15, 2015
  • 04:07 AM

2014 NOFOMA Special Issue

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

I am very happy to present the 2014 NOFOMA Special Issue, which I have recently co-edited for the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management. It contains some of the best research that has been presented at the 26th NOFOMA Conference, which took place at Copenhagen Business School last year. First, the article by […]... Read more »

  • March 23, 2015
  • 06:33 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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