Title: Strategic decision support systems for short supply chain development in the agrifood sector

Authors: Fotis Kitsios; Chrysanthi Charatsari; Maria Kamariotou

Addresses: Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, 156 Egnatia Street, GR-546 36, Thessaloniki, Greece ' School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University Campus, GR-54124, Thessaloniki, Greece ' Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, 156 Egnatia Street, GR-546 36, Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract: There has been an interest in short food supply chain recently which has stemmed from the need of improving the flow both of products and information from suppliers to customers. Although, many tools have been developed in order to increase the performance of supply chain, they haven't succeeded in helping managers make strategic decisions concerning the operations of the short food supply one. In the agrifood sector, practitioners face short food supply chains as integrated systems that incorporate all the processes of traditional supply chains. Thus, decision support systems (DSSs) are required to help managers handle these processes properly. Most of the existing studies focus on the improvement of individual firms or processes more than on the design of an entire food supply chain. So, the purpose of this paper is to propose such a strategic DSS model that based on the Strategic information systems planning (SISP) process, could provide a holistic approach to effective decision making in short supply chain in the agrifood industry. This model supports product managers to improve the effectiveness of food supply operations.

Keywords: strategic information systems planning; SISP; decision support system; DSS; short food supply chains; logistics; agrifood sector.

DOI: 10.1504/IJDSS.2019.10026315

International Journal of Decision Support Systems, 2019 Vol.4 No.2, pp.115 - 129

Received: 06 Jan 2019
Accepted: 12 May 2019

Published online: 20 Jan 2020 *

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