Title: An initial research agenda for SCM information systems

Authors: Alberto Caldelas-Lopez, Joan A. Pastor, Jatinder N.D. Gupta

Addresses: Information Systems and Software Engineering Research Group, UPC – Technical University of Catalonia, c/ Jordi Girona, 1–3 Edificio Omega UPC, Campus Nord, S210, Barcelona, 08034, Spain. ' Information Systems and Software Engineering Research Group, UPC – Technical University of Catalonia, c/ Jordi Girona, 1–3 Edificio Omega UPC, Campus Nord, S210, Barcelona, 08034, Spain. ' College of Administrative Science, University of Alabama Huntsville, Huntsville, AL 35899, USA

Abstract: In recent years, Supply Chain Management (SCM) in general and SCM information systems in particular have raised growing interest among researchers from various knowledge areas, such as information systems, artificial intelligence, simulation, telecommunications, economics and business management, among others. Based upon a recent academic literature analysis that we have undertaken, and which updates a prior one, in this paper we provide a focused analysis of previous research in SCM systems, before providing an initial tentative list of potential research issues that we consider worth studying. To our knowledge, there is no published research agenda on SCM systems that contrasts with the mentioned research interest in the area and with the big amounts of projects and money that companies around the world are dedicating to SCM projects. For better understanding, we have classified the emerging research topics along the lines of a proposed life cycle framework.

Keywords: research agenda; supply chain management; SCM information systems; literature review; life cycle framework.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNVO.2007.013542

International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, 2007 Vol.4 No.2, pp.180 - 188

Published online: 04 May 2007 *

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