Sentiment analysis of behavioural attributes for effective supply chain relationships: a fuzzy goal-setting approach
by Margaret F. Shipley; Ray Qing Cao; Rob Austin McKee
International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling (IJBPSCM), Vol. 11, No. 2, 2020

Abstract: Sentiments expressed through social media can reflect behavioural attributes of trust, commitment, collaboration, and information sharing between or among actors in supply chain management (SCM) relationships. These four attributes are generally considered to enhance SCM performance if each is at a high level. In this study, sentiment mining was undertaken using three different web crawler algorithms focusing on blog, forum, and Twitter sources. After classifying the mined sentiment data, scores were evaluated using a fuzzy model to address uncertainty and ambiguity. The least degree of fit of each attribute and combination of attributes was determined by industry for pharmaceuticals, software, retailing, and healthcare. Results indicate that the importance attributed to levels of interactions for the behavioural attributes necessitated in SCM relationships differs for the industries studied. However, overall, the most consequential attribute seems to be trust between the individuals involved. This work contributes to SCM research through the utilisation of techniques to focus on human attributes for decision making that may improve SCM performance; specifically for the industries studied.

Online publication date: Tue, 01-Sep-2020

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