Title: Frame conditions, mindsets and skills in supply chain management from Taylorism to industry 4.0

Authors: Kumaraguru Mahadevan; Ilja Bäumler; Herbert Kotzab

Addresses: School of Business and Law, Central Queensland University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia ' General Business and Logistics Management, Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany ' General Business and Logistics Management, Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany; General Business and Logistics Management, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

Abstract: Supply Chain Management (SCM) as a concept has grown in leaps and bounds since 1982. Historically, it started off as a simple operations management function. However, over time, due to globalisation, industry and technology revolution, and changes in the world economy, it has gone through many transformations. The paper will take the reader through time from the 1920s to the present era, presenting the supply chain mindsets of managers, tools, techniques and education applied in executing the Supply Chain (SC). The authors conclude that there is a lack of a single theory that explains SCM, and a lack of a single agreed definition for SCM. We see that the frame conditions affected the way how SCM is understood as we observed a broadening and widening of the nature of SCM. SC managers need to have a multitude of various skills to take on the challenges of the future's SC.

Keywords: supply chain management; supply chain collaboration; chief supply chain officer; BRICS; CIVETS; mindsets; skills; Taylorism; industry 4.0; operations management; technology revolution; transformation; frame condition; supply chain manager; supply chain challenges.

DOI: 10.1504/WRITR.2021.119535

World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research, 2021 Vol.10 No.4, pp.305 - 324

Received: 23 Apr 2021
Accepted: 25 Aug 2021

Published online: 08 Dec 2021 *

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