Title: Collaboration stimulation through supply chain simulation

Authors: Desiree Knoppen, Maria Jesus Saenz

Addresses: Zaragoza Logistics Centre, Avda. Gomez Laguna 15, 1ª Planta, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain. ' Zaragoza Logistics Centre, Avda. Gomez Laguna 15, 1ª Planta, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain; School of Engineering, University of Zaragoza, c/ Maria de Luna, 3, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain

Abstract: This paper aims to develop the theoretical framework underlying the Supply Chain Management Laboratory (scmLAB) set up by the authors. The overall aim of the scmLAB is to stimulate collaboration between the participating companies while, at the same time, study collaborative learning and decision-making in a laboratory setting. The method of the scmLAB combines action research and tailor-made simulation models. The theoretical model integrates conceptual, relational and action-driven components. Situated cognition causes behavioural processes to be distinct within the laboratory setting compared to the natural setting. Therefore, research questions have been developed that set the stage to explore these differences. The paper discloses that further supply chain improvement may only take place through the joint effort of the companies involved and that an intervention method such as the one described may facilitate an effective approach to change.

Keywords: supply chain relationships; supply chain collaboration; interorganisational learning; learning laboratory; action research; supply chain simulation; supply chain management; SCM; collaborative learning; decision-making.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2009.026071

International Journal of Procurement Management, 2009 Vol.2 No.4, pp.403 - 414

Published online: 26 May 2009 *

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