A Comparison of Supply Integration and End-to-End Communication Theory and Practice - An Australian Perspective

14 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2012

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Fadi Kotob

University of Wollongong - Sydney Business School

Lee Styger

University of Wollongong - Sydney Business School

Date Written: November 11, 2012

Abstract

The concept of supply chain integration and end-to-end communication are well established in supply chain theory. Typically, because of the depth of publications, an axiom has developed that all supply networks are fully integrated and have end-to-end communication protocols. Recent research into Australian supply networks has highlighted a somewhat different scenario, where many networks are fragmented and lack the connectivity that would be expected.

This paper offers a comparison of theoretical supply chain management and the actual practices found in Australian businesses. As a result of this grass root research, a scenario is offered that suggest there is a significant gap between the theory and practice of supply integration and communication that in turn, generate risk in these supply networks.

Keywords: communication, end-to-end communication, supply chain integration, supply chain management, supply integration

Suggested Citation

Kotob, Fadi and Styger, Lee, A Comparison of Supply Integration and End-to-End Communication Theory and Practice - An Australian Perspective (November 11, 2012). Proceedings of 19th International Business Research Conference 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2174202 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2174202

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Lee Styger

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