Title: Cost-benefit sharing in healthcare supply chain collaboration

Authors: Jirawan Niemsakul; Sardar M.N. Islam; Duangpun Singkarin; Tuanjai Somboonwiwat

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, Mahidol University, Nakornpathom, Thailand ' VISES, College of Business, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia ' Department of Industrial Engineering, Mahidol University, Nakornpathom, Thailand ' Department of Industrial Engineering, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand

Abstract: This paper proposes a framework for the cost-benefit sharing in healthcare supply chain collaborations. Collaboration in a supply chain can lead to cost reductions, risk management and performance improvements. The key to a successful collaboration is that the costs and benefits are shared by all, in that the costs are taken from the entire system and mutual benefits are provided for all parties. Our literature review and interviews with experts investigated the following three processes. Firstly, the cost and benefit parameters are defined as coordinate costs and benefits by a cost-benefit analysis. Secondly, the cost-benefit sharing characteristics are classified as two-echelon, three-echelon, and multi-echelon. Thirdly, the collaboration levels are categorised into four levels: data sharing, information sharing, knowledge sharing and cost-benefit sharing. Consequently, the cost-benefit sharing scenarios are presented.

Keywords: cost-benefit sharing; CBS; healthcare supply chain; collaboration; logistics systems.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLSM.2018.092624

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 2018 Vol.30 No.3, pp.406 - 420

Received: 11 Aug 2016
Accepted: 10 Feb 2017

Published online: 18 Jun 2018 *

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