A decade of supply chain collaboration and directions for future research

Soosay, Claudine & Hyland, Paul (2015) A decade of supply chain collaboration and directions for future research. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 20(6), pp. 613-630.

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This paper aims to conduct a systematic review of the literature on supply chain collaboration published over a 10-year period from 2005 to 2014. It explores the nature and extent of research undertaken to identify key themes emerging in the field and gaps that need to be addressed.


The authors review a sample of 207 articles from 69 journals, after using an iterative cycle of defining appropriate search keywords, searching the literature and conducting the analysis.


Key themes include the meaning of collaboration; considerations for supply chain collaboration theory; emerging areas in collaboration for sustainability, technology-enabled supply chains and humanitarian supply chains; and the need for a more holistic approach, multi-tier perspectives and research into B2C collaborations.

Research limitations/implications

The paper provides discussion and scope for future research into the area which would contribute to the field tremendously.


There have been very few reviews in the past on supply chain collaboration, and this is one of the first extensive reviews conducted to address how well the body of knowledge on supply chain collaboration corresponds with our contemporary society.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 89565
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Relationships, Collaboration, Partnership
DOI: 10.1108/SCM-06-2015-0217
ISSN: 1359-8546
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Logistics and Supply Chain Management (150309)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
Deposited On: 27 Oct 2015 23:05
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 21:49

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