List of Forthcoming Journals

The journals in the list below have been accepted for publication in Operations and Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. We are currently in the process of assigning each of these entries into our upcoming issue. Once published, you can access the corresponding article for free through our repository. Please feel free to contact us via Contact Us page or our email for any inquiries.

1. Supply Chain Risk Assessment: a fuzzy AHP approach

Kunal K. Ganguly (Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur),
Gopal Kumar (Indian Institute of Management, Raipur)

Managing supply chain risk is a big challenge for any organization. The purpose of the paper is to provide a methodology for assessing supply chain risk using the Fuzzy based Analytic Hierarchy Process (Fuzzy AHP). This study presents a comprehensive study to identify the Risk Factors (RFs) in supply chain and evaluate them. In this paper, sixteen risk factors were identified based on extensive literature survey. To limit the scope of the work, focus was on transaction and infrastructural risk and avoiding the demand risk. The RFs are formulated as hierarchy structure and Fuzzy AHP as a Multi Attribute Decision Making (MADM) tool applied to judge the viable candidates. A revised risk matrix with a continuous scale was proposed to assess the RFs classes. The result classifies the RFs in different categories (Extreme, High, Medium and Low). Based on this result, some management implications and suggestions are proposed. The revised risk matrix with continuous scale for risk assessment in supply chain is a novel approach.

2. Supply Chain Integration, Learning, and Agility: Effects on Performance

Habibullah Khan (Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan),
Joel D. Wisner (University of Nevada, Las Vegas , USA)

This study examines the interrelationships among supply chain integration, learning, agility and organizational performance. Survey data were collected from 257 publicly-owned companies in Pakistan, and the hypothesized framework was tested using a structural equation model. It was found that supply chain integration had a significant impact on external and internal learning. Additionally, supply chain integration was found to have an insignificant impact on firm performance and supply chain agility. Finally, internal learning was found to have an insignificant impact on supply chain agility, but a significant direct impact on firm performance, while external learning had an insignificant impact on firm performance both directly and indirectly.

3. Shelf-space allocation model with demand learning

Kazuki Ishichi (Waseda University, Japan),
Shunichi Ohmori (Waseda University, Japan),
Masao Ueda (Waseda University, Japan),
Kazuho Yoshimoto (Waseda University, Japan)

In this paper, we studied the shelf-space allocation problem (SSAP). It is quite common recently to implement product design during a selling season and drastically change assortment decisions based on shelf-space allocation in response to up-to-date demand observations. While there are many literatures related to SSAP, However, existing literature assume that the demand is stationary. In this paper, we propose a dynamical framework to make shelf-space display decisions, in which space elasticity and potential demand are sequentially estimated using the latest data containing display space and sales for each product.

4. Analysis Of The Job Preferences For Undergraduate Supply Chain Students

Michael S. Garver (Central Michigan University),
Sean P. Goffnett (Central Michigan University),
Zachary Williams (Western Michigan University),
Richard L. Divine (Central Michigan University),
Connor F. Davis (Independent)

The development of an effective recruitment strategy that attracts and secures entry-level logistics talent is essential to maintain corporate performance. To accomplish this, firms need to understand the attribute importance as well as the preferences of job applicants so that information can be used to develop more attractive job offers. To better understand job choice, choice based conjoint analysis was used. Key variables and their corresponding levels of interest in job choice were determined and presented to job seekers. Results of the current study indicate that for university undergraduate supply chain students, the three most important attributes used to evaluate entry level job positions are starting salary, fit with company culture and proximity of the worksite to friends and family. The results also show a preference for worksites located in the suburbs, in an office setting and for manufacturing firms. Below average preference was expressed for worksites in rural areas, those with lots of travel and firms in the retail and wholesale sectors. Implications for firms, educators and students are discussed.

5. Inventory control policies for substitutable deteriorating items under quadratic demand

Nita H. Shah (Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India),
Urmila Chaudhari (Government Polytechnic Dahod, India),
Mrudul Y. Jani (Parul University, Gujarat, India)

In today’s busy life, no one has sufficient time to buy or bargain any type of products. It is common in such cases that customers, who are looking for purchasing a certain product, will be willing to substitute with a comparable product when facing a stock-out, rather than visiting a different store to bargain the original product. In this article, we study an inventory control problem in which demand is fulfilled by using two similar substitutable items. Retailer fulfilled demand of one product by other substitutable product when stock-out of the one of them. We consider inventory levels of both of the items and time dependent demand. The orders for both products are placed at the same time. Our objective is to maximize joint profit for two substitutable deteriorating items with respect to cycle time and a time at which one product is stock-out. The numerical analysis is carried out based on the analytical results. The critical inventory parameters are computed for the decision maker.

6. Supply Chain Integration: Does Organizational Culture Matter?

Mary G. Porter (University of Phoenix, USA)

The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to identify relationships between organizational culture types, supply chain integration, and firm performance. The study process included obtaining data from 201 supply chain professionals and procurement specialists working in various companies throughout the United States. Supply chain integration data and firm performance derived from results obtained from participants completing a 5-point Likert-type scale survey. The Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument was used to determine organizational culture types. Results indicated a significant correlation between supply chain integration and firm performance. All three integration variables, customer, supplier, and internal were significantly and positively correlated with total integration and firm performance. Results also indicated that supply chain integration increased when organizational flexibility was present. Unexpectedly, both clan and adhocracy cultures were significantly correlated to supply chain integration and firm performance. The results from this study added to literature and provided supply chain managers practical knowledge of the significant influence organizational culture can have on supply chain integration performance. Results of this study substantiate that a flexible organizational structure, as shown in the clan and adhocracy cultures, increases supply chain integration and firm performance. As competitive forces intensify, the need for firms to develop a flexible organizational structure to leverage supply chain integration practices will increase. The results of this research could provide organizational leaders more insights into increasing supply chain integration efforts and improved firm performance through flexible culture alignment.