Towards a unified definition of supply chain management:the four fundamentals

Sweeney, Edward (2011). Towards a unified definition of supply chain management:the four fundamentals. International Journal of Applied Logistics, 2 (3), pp. 30-48.


A wide range of definitions of supply chain management (SCM) have been developed over the last three decades. The philosophy of SCM is based firmly on a recognition that it is only by working in a more integrated manner that competitive advantage can be maximised. However, for this to become a reality the development of common definitions and understandings between supply chain partners is a critical success factor. The corollary of this is that a lack of definitional consistency and a common understanding is an inhibitor to the successful adoption of SCM thinking in practice. This paper reviews a number of definitions of SCM, as well as discussions and analyses of such definitions. This leads to the central point posited in the paper – the need for a ‘unified definition’. Such a definitional construct, labelled the Four Fundamentals of SCM, is proposed with the core of the paper providing a narrative description of this construct based on a wide range of literature.

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Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering systems & management
Uncontrolled Keywords: construct,definitions,fundamentals,practitioner,supply chain management
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Published Date: 2011-07
Authors: Sweeney, Edward ( 0000-0002-8389-4446)

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