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Andreas Wieland
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  • August 16, 2014
  • 03:52 AM
  • 110 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
  • 117 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
  • 134 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
  • 147 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
  • 183 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
  • 290 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
  • 267 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
  • 359 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
  • 342 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
  • 358 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
  • 282 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
  • 311 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 »

  • September 5, 2013
  • 12:33 AM
  • 467 views

Supply Chain Management and Corporate Social Responsibility

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Two recent disasters in the garment industry, the Tazreen Fashions fire (2012) and the Rana Plaza building collapse (2013), have caused outrage over the lack of social responsibility across global supply chains. In our new article, The Socially Responsible Supply Chain: An Imperative for Global Corporations, Robert Handfield and I discuss three core principles that […]... Read more »

Wieland, A., & Handfield, R.B. (2013) The Socially Responsible Supply Chain: An Imperative for Global Corporations. Supply Chain Management Review, 17(5). info:/

  • August 21, 2013
  • 08:37 AM
  • 362 views

Resource Dependence Theory and Supply Chain Management

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

In their seminal publication, The External Control of Organizations, Pfeffer and Salancik (1978) have postulated resource dependence theory. Basically, it argues that organizations are “constrained and affected by their environment and act to attempt to manage these resource dependencies by setting up different forms of interorganizational arrangements”. However, the original theory has sometimes been criticized […]... Read more »

  • July 28, 2013
  • 12:25 AM
  • 333 views

Citations of Excellence Awards 2013

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Some of you may remember my last year’s post about the 2012 Citations of Excellence Awards. A year has passed since and Emerald Management Reviews has now announced the winners of the 2013 Citation of Excellence Awards. I went through the list of 50 awarded papers and discovered two papers which I think are particularly […]... Read more »

  • July 18, 2013
  • 03:36 AM
  • 326 views

Supply Chain Management and Bioinvasion

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

We all know that economic, ecological, social, and ethical aspects need to be considered when managing global supply chains. This includes topics such as resource scarcity, climate change, and labor conditions. So far, however, I did not associate bioinvasion with our field. This has changed now: An article by Seebens et al. (2013), recently published […]... Read more »

Seebens, H., Gastner, M.T., & Blasius, B. (2013) The Risk of Marine Bioinvasion Caused by Global Shipping. Ecology Letters, 16(6), 782-790. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12111  

  • July 10, 2013
  • 06:41 AM
  • 338 views

Toward a Theory of Supply Chain Management

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

We have to admit that there is still no such thing as a “theory of supply chain management”. A new article by Mena et al. (2013), titled Toward a Theory of Multi-Tier Supply Chain Management, might bring us one step closer to such a theory by taking into account that supply chains have become more complex, […]... Read more »

Mena, C., Humphries, A., & Choi, T.Y. (2013) Toward a Theory of Multi-Tier Supply Chain Management. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 49(2), 58-77. DOI: 10.1111/jscm.12003  

  • July 1, 2013
  • 08:21 AM
  • 317 views

Multi-item Scales Utilized in Logistics Research

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

A few months ago, I presented the Handbook of Management Scales, an online collection of previously used multi-item measurement scales (see post). Quite similar, the Journal of Business Logistics has now published a compendium of multi-item scales utilized in logistics research – a good complement to my collection. The authors, Keller et al. (2013), found […]... Read more »

  • June 15, 2013
  • 08:00 AM
  • 366 views

Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Every year, Emerald invites journal editors “to nominate what they believe has been that title’s Outstanding Paper and up to three Highly Commended Papers from the previous year”. These papers have now been announced as part of the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013. Papers by da Mota Pedrosa et al. on case study […]... Read more »

Pedrosa, A., Näslund, D., & Jasmand, C. (2012) Logistics case study based research: towards higher quality. International Journal of Physical Distribution , 42(3), 275-295. DOI: 10.1108/09600031211225963  

  • May 5, 2013
  • 07:43 AM
  • 369 views

Laboratory experiments in supply chain research

by Andreas Wieland in Supply Chain Management Research

Nobel laureates rarely publish articles in journals within the supply chain arena. Vernon L. Smith was awarded the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences “for having established laboratory experiments as a tool in empirical economic analysis, especially in the study of alternative market mechanisms”. In its recent issue, the Journal of Business Logistics had [...]... Read more »

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