Supply chain integration strategies in fast evolving industries

Ehsan Sabet*, Nahid Yazdani, Sander De Leeuw

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to define the "fast evolving industry" (FEI) and its supply chain management (SCM) challenges. The authors review and structure the literature regarding integration strategies and implementation methods to develop a strategic decision-making framework for SCM in the FEI. Design/methodology/approach - The authors conduct a review of SCM literature, including supply chain strategy, supply chain integration (SCI), agile and responsive supply chain and SCM for innovative and fastchanging industries. The authors develop a conceptual model and a decision-making framework and use four mini cases to provide support for the model and framework. Findings - The FEI, characterised by a high level of innovation and differentiation, short products/services lifecycle and high variety, is yet to be fully defined. Inherent uncertainty in FEI supply systems makes SCM in these industries a complex but strategic task for their managers. The framework and the model offered in this study, which employ a core competency concept and provide risk management strategies, offer a strategic tool for managers and scholars in the field to optimise their integration strategies and to operationalise integration decisions. Originality/value - Little research has been published on transferable and cross-industrial SCM in FEIs. This paper defines the FEI and its resource-related concerns and then offers a conceptual model and a strategic decision-making framework for SCI in FEIs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-46
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Agile supply chain
  • Fast evolving industries
  • Responsive supply chain
  • Supply chain integration
  • Supply chain management
  • Supply chain strategy


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