International Journal of Value Chain Management (4 papers in press)
3D printing: enabling customer-centricity in the supply chain
by Elisa Martina Martinelli, Martin Christopher
Abstract: Three-dimensional printing (3DP) is used for multiple purposes in many fields and it is attracting attention, both academically and managerially, in the context of a customer-centric approach to supply chain management. The purpose of this paper is to explore how 3DP enables supply chain customer-centricity through value co-creation by the analysis of a case study, the manufacture of an innovative 3D printed component in the aerospace sector. The research highlights that (1) the usage of 3DP enables the adoption of an external customer-centric supply chain orientation drawing on four sources of value co-creation (2) value co-creation network based on 3DP requires a particular form of collaboration and coordination, bringing specific benefits for all the partners involved. A conceptual framework, leading to propositions, is developed identifying the elements of a customer-centric supply chain based on the principles of co-creation. Finally, theoretical and managerial implications and future research directions are outlined.
Keywords: supply chain; SCM; value co-creation; value co-creation network; network reconfiguration; 3D printing; additive manufacturing; customer-centric.
Is Information Technology Valuable for Automotive Production Industries?
An empirical insight from Iranian automotive industries
by Mahdi Mahmoudsalehi, Kamran Feizi, Mohammad Taghi Taqhavifard, Iman Raeesi Vanani
Abstract: This research, aim to develop a model for measuring information technology business value in automobile production to clarify the findings of previous research in this regard. The research sample included an Iranian automobile producing company, which the process of supply, logistics, and production were selected as case of study. Given the research exploratory and descriptive nature of research, sequential qualitative mixed method was selected. Based on the research findings, the measurement model of information technology business value in automobile production included 6 categories of business value, strategic perspective, business capabilities, business process, information technology resources, and information technology impacts. Given the research propositions, relationships between different categories and the conceptual model of the research were developed. This article synthesizes the prior research, provides new empirical insights that gathered on the basis of IT business value concept, and proposes an innovative construct for IT business value.
Keywords: IT business Value; IT Value Chain; IT Contribution; IT Investment; Automotive Industries; Organizational Productivity; Sequential Qualitative Method.
Factors influencing the choice of marketing channels: Evidence from dairy farmers in Thailand
by Thitiya Jitmun, John K.M. Kuwornu
Abstract: This study assessed the factors influencing marketing channel choice of dairy farmers in Thailand using primary data obtained from 385 randomly selected dairy farmers in central and north-eastern regions of Thailand. Two types of farmers were surveyed: Members of dairy cooperatives (DCs) and members of private organizations (POs) representing the two key marketing channels. Descriptive statistics were used to identify the socio-economic characteristics of farmers, and a binary probit regression model was used to examine the factors influencing farmers decision regarding the choice of marketing channels. The study revealed that dairy farming experience, the number of years of membership in the milk collecting centers (MCCs), distance to the MCCs, milk price, payment period, access to market information, advisory service, credit service, and farm input service had positive influence whereas marketing experience had negative influence on the choice of selling to the DCs. The recommendations are presented.
Keywords: Binary probit regression; Dairy cooperatives; Smallholder farmers; Milk marketing channels; Thailand.
Antecedents of Logistics Integration and Firm Performance for Downstream Petroleum Supply Chain
by Ashutosh Sheel, Y.P. Singh, Vishnu Nath
Abstract: Supply chain integration is crucial for supply chain performance. The present study tries to expand the current body of literature on supply chain integration, by studying the antecedents of logistics integration and firm performance in the context of downstream petroleum supply chain in India. Data was collected from 348 petrol stations in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, India. Path analysis using structural equation modeling was performed to know the strength of relationship between the identified variables. The findings show that long-term relationship affects firm performance. In addition, information technology positively affects logistics integration, which positively affects firm performance. Based on these findings, the study proposes solutions to the issues being faced in the downstream petroleum supply chain in India. The current research applies past findings on supply chain integration in context of downstream petroleum supply chains in India and addresses the lack of academic research as well as provides certain courses of actions as implications for the issues of downstream petroleum supply chains in India.
Keywords: Operational performance; Supply chain integration; Logistics integration; Information technology; Information sharing; downstream petroleum supply chain; India; R; SEM.