Title: Assessing the rigour of empirical research in supply chain risk management

Authors: Shoufeng Cao; Kim Bryceson; Damian Hine

Addresses: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane, 4072, Australia ' School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane, 4072, Australia ' UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane, 4072, Australia

Abstract: The objective of this paper is to provide in-depth guidance on conducting and/or developing solid empirical research in supply chain risk management (SCRM). A meta-synthesis approach was employed to assess empirical research in SCRM retrieved from 17 leading journals over the last 14 years in terms of research evolution and research process. It was found that empirical investigations of SCRM in multi-tier supply chains for global insights are relatively scarce and many empirical studies failed to justify the trustworthiness of their research. The findings could guide researchers to develop solid empirical methodologies to address industry issues and advance SCRM theory.

Keywords: supply chain risk management; SCRM; meta-synthesis; empirical research; research process; methodological rigour.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSCOR.2020.109168

International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience, 2020 Vol.4 No.2, pp.123 - 149

Received: 22 Feb 2019
Accepted: 05 Aug 2019

Published online: 07 Aug 2020 *

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