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Supply chain knowledge management: A conceptual framework


  • Done, Adrian

    () (IESE Business School)


The supply chain literature still largely focuses on asset, alphanumeric data and information (in the form of documents and files) elements of exchange between supply chain partners, despite the fact that increased integration and collaboration clearly require development of more complex elements of expertise and knowledge. In this respect, this paper recognizes the knowledge management (KM) literature as a potential source of new insights to add conceptual depth and understanding to managing 21st century supply chains. Specific KM theories and constructs are identified as potentially contributing to theory and practice in supply chain contexts. An overall framework for supply chain knowledge management is developed, along with literature-based definitions of supply chain knowledge transfer, competence and maturity constructs. The "knowledge lens" theory building approach is applied to import these perspectives into supply chain domains, with efforts to maintain conceptual consistency across the two literature streams.

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  • Done, Adrian, 2011. "Supply chain knowledge management: A conceptual framework," IESE Research Papers D/900, IESE Business School.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0900

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    Knowledge Management; Supply Chains; Conceptual Framework;

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