Title: The essence of supply chain collaboration: a consideration of information sharing types and benefits (SC-Info-Shr)

Authors: Loukas K. Tsironis; Stavros D. Dimitriadis; Jason Papathanasiou

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece ' Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece ' Department of Business Administration, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract: The goal of this paper is to identify the types of information that are shared in a supply chain (SC) and the benefits created when sharing. Additionally, to explore and classify the associations between information types and benefits. This will reveal which type generates most benefits. Three multicriteria decision making (MCDM) methods are applied to find the types of information that generate most benefits in a SC. MCDM methods can help evaluate the information in a complex problem like this. The results of all three methodologies showed an agreement on what information is most useful and most profitable for the success of the SC, when shared. The findings will benefit businesses and SCs on the development of new information management practices. Furthermore, the current paper will create a stimulus for new research on the SC coordination issue. Finally, it discusses SC's future in the digitisation era. This paper fills the literature gap by classifying the information types that are shared in a SC by linking them to the benefits of sharing.

Keywords: supply chain collaboration; information sharing; multicriteria decision making; fuzzy TOPSIS; PROMETHEE.

DOI: 10.1504/IJDSRM.2019.106914

International Journal of Decision Sciences, Risk and Management, 2019 Vol.8 No.4, pp.292 - 320

Received: 26 Jun 2019
Accepted: 03 Aug 2019

Published online: 22 Apr 2020 *

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