Toward the theory of the supply chain

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As our discipline has matured, we have begun to develop theories of supply chain management. However, we submit that a major omission of theory development in the supply chain management discipline is that we have failed to develop a theory of what we are managing-a theory of the supply chain. Using a conceptual theory building approach, we introduce foundational premises about the structure and boundary of the supply chain, which can serve as the basis for much needed, additional development of the theory of the supply chain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-97
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Supply Chain Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • Boundaries
  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Conceptual theory building
  • Networks
  • Theory of the supply chain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Marketing


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