Implementation of supply chain management theory in practice: a questionnaire survey in the United Kingdom

Witold Bahr, Edward Sweeney

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of the research described in this paper is to disentangle the rhetoric from the reality in relation to supply chain management (SCM) adoption in practice. There is significant evidence of a divergence between theory and practice in the field of SCM.
Research Approach: The authors’ review of the extant SCM literature highlighted a lack of replication studies in SCM, leading to the concept of refined replication being developed. The authors conducted a refined replication of the work of Sweeney et al. (2015) where a new SCM definitional construct – the Four Fundamentals – was proposed. The work presented in this article refines the previous study but adopts the same three-phase approach: focussed interviews, a questionnaire survey, and focus groups. This article covers the second phase of the refined replication study and describes an integrated research design of a questionnaire research to be undertaken in Britain.
Findings and Originality: The article presents an integrated research design of a questionnaire research with emphases on the refined replication of previous work of Sweeney et al. (2015) carried out in Ireland and adapting it to the British context.
Research Impact: The authors introduce the concept of refined replication in SCM research. This allows previous research to be built upon in order to test understanding of SCM theory and its practical implementation - based on the Four Fundamentals construct - among SCM professionals in Britain.
Practical Impact: The article presents the integrated research design of a questionnaire research that may be used in similar studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st Annual Logistics Research Network Conference
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2016
Event21st Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Logistics Research Network (LRN) - Hull, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20169 Sep 2016

Conference

Conference21st Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Logistics Research Network (LRN)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityHull
Period7/09/169/09/16

Bibliographical note

-Published by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Logistics Research Network. Bahr, W & Sweeney, E 2016, 'Implementation of Supply Chain Management Theory in Practice: A Questionnaire Survey in the United Kingdom'. in Proceedings of the 21st Annual Logistics Research Network Conference. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport , 21st Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Logistics Research Network (LRN), Hull, United Kingdom, 7-9 September.

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    Radio frequency identification and time-driven activity based costing: RFID-TDABC application in warehousing

    Bahr, W. & Price, B. J., 7 Sep 2016, Proceedings of the 21st Annual Logistics Research Network Conference.

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    Bahr, W., & Sweeney, E. (2016). Implementation of supply chain management theory in practice: a questionnaire survey in the United Kingdom. In Proceedings of the 21st Annual Logistics Research Network Conference