ACADEMIC RESEARCH TODAY: ESTABLISHING A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AGENDA IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT BETWEEN PROCUREMENT, MARKETING, OPERATIONS, AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Science
Diane Parente, Thesis Supervisor Diane Parente, Thesis Supervisor Mark William Bestoso, Honors Advisor Randy Carl Brown, Faculty Reader
supply chain management SCM research procurement logistics
The primary objective of this study is to identify research opportunities in the procurement field using an interdisciplinary model linking research in the purchasing/logistics, operations, information technology (IT), and marketing fields. Since supply chain touches so many different parts throughout all stages of the business process, it is claimed by several different functions within a business. This means that researchers in multiple areas (such as operations, purchasing, marketing, and information technology) have an interest in investigating various aspects of the supply chain and supply chain management. In order to identify potential research opportunities in the supply chain, major procurement journals were chosen based on relevance and rating. Information was gathered from these journals issued from January 2005 through December 2008. The keywords “supply chain management” and “SCM” were utilized to identify relevant articles. The information gathered enabled the identification of research areas from each of the interdisciplinary areas, with purchasing being the focal point. The results provided overlapping research areas which are now being concurrently, but not necessarily collaboratively, investigated. Further, this study identifies areas that called for collaboration between each function and the purchasing field. Thus, the study identifies a collaborative research agenda for procurement researchers.