Understanding and development of supply chain agility and flexibility: a structured literature review

Fayezi, Sajad, Zutshi, Ambika and O'Loughlin, Andrew 2016, Understanding and development of supply chain agility and flexibility: a structured literature review, International journal of management reviews, In Press, pp. 1-29, doi: 10.1111/ijmr.12096.

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Title Understanding and development of supply chain agility and flexibility: a structured literature review
Author(s) Fayezi, Sajad
Zutshi, AmbikaORCID iD for Zutshi, Ambika orcid.org/0000-0002-0982-5303
O'Loughlin, Andrew
Journal name International journal of management reviews
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 29
Total pages 29
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1460-8545
Summary This paper provides a review of the literature while contributing to academic understanding of the concepts of agility and flexibility within the supply chain. The research identified 83 peer-reviewed articles through a structured review technique, which is based on a three-stage refinement process. Data reduction procedures using codification, sentence strings and a review of keywords, title, abstract and conclusion were used in the search. The papers identified focused on organizational and supply chain agility and flexibility. The acknowledged gaps in understanding and development of agility and flexibility in supply chains were identified and categorized in terms of conceptual, contextual and methodological gaps. Subsequent to the gap analysis, this paper argues that effective relationship integration with key partners is a fundamental mechanism for mitigating the problem of control dissipation, which has hindered academic understanding with respect to development and application of agile and flexible capabilities in supply chains. The findings in this paper will help academics to gain a better understanding and to develop the concepts of supply chain agility and flexibility. In addition, the findings indicate that supply chain stakeholders need to address the issue of relationship integration when undertaking, or participating in agility and flexibility development programmes, so as to maximize supply chain performance. The paper concludes by highlighting implications for managers and researchers, and proposes a number of areas for future investigation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/ijmr.12096
Field of Research 150309 Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, British Academy of Management and John Wiley & Sons
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