Moving to the Next Level: Why Our Discipline Needs More Multilevel Theorization

Craig R. Carter, Gavin Meschnig, and Lutz Kaufmann (2015), “Moving to the Next Level: Why Our Discipline Needs More Multilevel Theorization,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, Vol. 51 No. 4.

20 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2015

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Craig Carter

Arizona State University (ASU)

Gavin Meschnig

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Lutz Kaufmann

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Date Written: July 14, 2015

Abstract

Numerous phenomena in supply chain management (SCM) involve more than one level of theory and analysis, such as individuals within groups, groups within organizations, and organizations in the supply chain. Furthermore, multilevel analysis has made the simultaneous testing of hypotheses at multiple levels a reality. However, while other disciplines have made steps toward adopting a multilevel perspective, the majority of SCM research still conceptualizes research questions at a single level. We provide theoretical reasoning for incorporating multilevel research into our discipline and a framework that outlines future research opportunities that would benefit from the incorporation of a multilevel approach. We also provide examples from the SCM literature to demonstrate how multilevel research can be used to enrich understanding of real-world SCM phenomena.

Keywords: multilevel phenomena, theory building

JEL Classification: J11

Suggested Citation

Carter, Craig and Meschnig, Gavin and Kaufmann, Lutz, Moving to the Next Level: Why Our Discipline Needs More Multilevel Theorization (July 14, 2015). Craig R. Carter, Gavin Meschnig, and Lutz Kaufmann (2015), “Moving to the Next Level: Why Our Discipline Needs More Multilevel Theorization,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, Vol. 51 No. 4., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2630897

Craig Carter (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) ( email )

Farmer Building 440G PO Box 872011
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

Gavin Meschnig

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

Burgplatz 2
Vallendar, 56179
Germany

Lutz Kaufmann

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

Burgplatz 2
Vallendar, 56179
Germany

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