The Digital Supply Chain of the Future: Applications, Implications, Business Models
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ItemIT-Enabled Sustainable Supply Chain Management Capability Maturity( 2021-01-05)The increasing importance of sustainability gives rise to the sustainable supply chain management (SSCM). To help organizations develop their SSCM capabilities with IT support, this paper proposes an IT-enabled sustainability supply chain management capability maturity model (SSCM CMM). Based on the previous literature, seven SSCM capabilities and four IT dimensions are identified. A five-level maturity model is then defined based on these two domains. The model is preliminarily examined through an in-depth case study with an Australian company. The case study reveals that the role played by IT is not fully recognized, the integration of IT function for sustainability into other organizational functions should be appropriately guided, and sustainability innovation capability deserves more attention. This study guides future research to systematically explore the role of IT and investigate the progression of IT-enabled SSCM implementation and provides a useful tool for organizations to develop their SSCM capabilities with the support of IT.
ItemHow Digital Platforms with a Social Purpose Trigger Change towards Sustainable Supply Chains( 2021-01-05)While digital platforms have been intensively researched, there has been little investigation into their role in sustainable change. Our study focuses on food supply chains and food waste and sustainable challenges. Using data collected from exploratory case studies of digital platforms and traditional actors in the food industry of a Nordic country, we categorized three major sustainable platform types: Alterationist, Redistributor, and Capability Builder. We view these as “Zebras,” a business serving profit and social purpose, and observe their emerging role in the food supply chain. We also identify key dimensions of governance and sustainability impact. With this study, we investigate how digital platforms contribute to sustainable change while also retaining their profit focus.
ItemBridging the Sustainability Leadership Chasm: A Case Study of the Sustainability Advantage Program of the NSW Government, Australia( 2021-01-05)Business operations worldwide have significantly impacted the environment, prompting organisations to consider how to align strategy and conduct to advance sustainability targets. Collaboration is critical for sustainability progress, thus organisations are becoming interested in the practices of supply chain partners. To incorporate sustainability across networks, leadership is critical in coordinating activities. Although the effectiveness of leadership for sustainability is widely discussed, there is a lack of empirical field studies on how organisations can develop this leadership capability. This research-in-progress paper presents preliminary findings from an industry level case study of a Government-run initiative. This initiative provides a platform for organisations to collaborate and access resources that supports the development of sustainability leadership capabilities. Preliminary analysis provides insight on the dynamic capabilities organisations must develop to influence its supply chain partners, the technologies used to progress sustainability initiatives and the role that the Government has in promoting collaboration and leadership. Implications to both research and practice, and future work are discussed in conclusion.
ItemA Platform Business Model for Collaborative Additive Manufacturing( 2021-01-05)Modern manufacturing is caught in a trade-off between maximizing efficiency and staying flexible in dynamic markets. Inter-organizational sharing of manufacturing capacities on a digital marketplace could contribute to gain flexibility, reduce cost and capital employed as well as provide further business opportunities. Although current research has already prepared the ground for its technical conceptualization, research on such a marketplace’s implementation in a business model is scarce. However, since an efficient matching of supply and demand requires a sufficient number of platform users, attracting corporate customers with a suitable business model is crucial. The present research aims to address this problem by developing and evaluating a business model for a marketplace provider, illustrated for the case of additive manufacturing.