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International Journal of Integrated Supply Management

International Journal of Integrated Supply Management (IJISM)

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International Journal of Integrated Supply Management (2 papers in press)

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  • Reasons for SMEs to engage in Multi-tier Supply Chain Management   Order a copy of this article
    by Silvia Dopler, Julian M. Müller, Monika Eick, Matthias Winter, Alexander Zeisler 
    Abstract: While large enterprises engage in multi-tier supply chain management (SCM), small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) tend to consider multi-tier SCM considerably less. To better understand how and why SMEs approach multi-tier SCM, the paper applies a social capital perspective. The paper builds upon 11 case studies with SMEs from bordering regions of Salzburg and Upper Austria (Austria) and Bavaria (Germany), presenting material from interviews with their executive personnel. All 11 SMEs emphasise the role of all three dimensions of social capital, shared vision, shared interaction, and trust for multi-tier SCM. Reliability, product and service quality, cost management, and sourcing are targets of pursuing all three dimensions of social capital regarding multi-tier SCM. In the case of trust, responsiveness is an additional target of pursuing social capital in multi-tier SCM. For shared vision, data and information availability are additional targets.
    Keywords: small and medium-sized enterprises; multi-tier supply chain management; SCM; social capital; case studies; qualitative research.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISM.2022.10052938
  • Decision Model for Prioritising Logistics Service Provider Selection Criteria with Sustainability Consideration in Manufacturing Industry   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohammad Akhtar 
    Abstract: Manufacturing firms outsource their logistics activities to logistics service providers (LSP) to enhance efficiency, fulfils the demands of transportation, packaging, warehousing, inventory management, and to reduce logistics cost. Logistics service provider evaluation and selection is challenging as it involves multiple quantitative and qualitative criteria, alternatives and decision makers. Most studies focused on economic and operational efficiency factors whereas environmental and social sustainability factors are mostly neglected. The triple bottom line sustainability criteria of economic, operational, environmental and social for LSP are identified from the literature and discussion with industry experts. The proposed novel stochastic step-wise weight assessment ratio analysis (S-SWARA) method for LSP selection criteria ranking takes into account the variability in criteria ratings by decision makers (DM). A case study of Indian manufacturing industry along with sensitivity analysis is demonstrated. The significance level plays important role on criteria ranking. Implication for researchers and practitioners also provided.
    Keywords: Logistics outsourcing partner selection criteria ranking; Logistics service provider selection criteria weight; Third-Party Logistics (TPL); Triple bottom line sustainability; Stochastic SWARA.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJISM.2023.10053958