Structuring and managing supply network: A review of current literature and conceptual framework

Zheng Liu*

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The concept of supply network has extended supply chain across national borders towards globalization. The aim of this chapter is to provide researchers, business practitioners and university students a picture of the architecture of supply networks. By analyzing two main trends of studies in the field of supply network management, components of supply network are classified into structural and infrastructural factors. Also a comparison is made to identify the difference between supply network and traditionally factory-based manufacturing system. Based on the literature review, a conceptual framework is further proposed which describes the supply network from four essential perspectives: Role/function, Relationship/ alliance, Configuration/reconfiguration, and Risk and crisis management. After presenting detailed models and decision making areas of each perspective, suggestions are given on some emerging topics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Global Supply Chain Management
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781466696402
ISBN (Print)1466696397, 9781466696396
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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