Encouraging small firm up-take of SCM using education: a future research agenda
Parker, Craig, Chan, Caroline and Saundage, Dilal 2007, Encouraging small firm up-take of SCM using education: a future research agenda, in SCMIS 2007 : Proceedings of Fifth International Conference on Supply Chain Management and Information Systems, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria.
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The success of supply chain management (SCM) practices often depends on small firms in the supply chain adopting these practices, yet they are often reluctant to do so. The existing literature mostly explores SCM adoption barriers rather than approaches to encourage adoption. This paper argues that an educational perspective has promise, and proposes a research agenda which should guide future studies by all researchers studying small firm SCM up-take. The agenda encompasses the diversity of small firms, the major educational players, appropriate types of education approaches and the theoretical framework to underpin this research. The paper then gives an example of how this research agenda can be applied to a specific research project which will explore the impact of the Supply Chain Knowledge Centre (SCKC), a state of the art SCM education facility developed by GS1 Australia, on small firm SCM up-take.
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