Title: Learning platform for supply chain system optimisation

Authors: Zdravko Zekić; Nataša Rupčić; Marijana Jakopič

Addresses: Faculty of Economics, University of Rijeka, Ivana Filipovića 4, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia ' Faculty of Economics, University of Rijeka, Ivana Filipovića 4, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia ' Polytechnic of Rijeka, Trpimirova 2/V, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia

Abstract: Fierce competition, dynamic market conditions and resource scarcity pose a constant demand on companies to redefine their business models in order to achieve competitive advantages. The paper offers a review of development trends in modern supply chain management with emphasis on strategic learning partnerships as a means for achieving supply chain competitive advantage. Organisational learning has been proposed as a technology for achieving long-term sustainability in strategic supply chain partnerships. However, in practice supply chain partnerships inadequately exploit established forms of cooperation as vehicles for learning and building knowledge repositories. This can be improved by introducing and optimising the process of organisational learning in every partnership member as well as a joint partnership activity. The study is aimed at proposing a conceptual model of the learning platform for supply chain optimisation. Potentials for its introduction have been estimated by using the case study of Agrokor, Croatian largest food concern.

Keywords: supply chain partnerships; learning partnerships; organisational learning; logistics system optimisation; Croatia; supply chain management; SCM; strategic partnerships; supply chain cooperation; knowledge repositories; food industry.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2016.073297

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2016 Vol.23 No.1, pp.53 - 75

Received: 17 Apr 2014
Accepted: 09 Sep 2014

Published online: 30 Nov 2015 *

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