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Supply chain integration strategies in fast evolving industries

Sabet, Ehsan; Yazdani, Nahid; De Leeuw, Sander


Ehsan Sabet

Sander De Leeuw


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 fast-changing 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.


Sabet, E., Yazdani, N., & De Leeuw, S. (2017). Supply chain integration strategies in fast evolving industries. International Journal of Logistics Management, The, 28(1), 29-46.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 8, 2016
Online Publication Date Jan 8, 2017
Publication Date Feb 13, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 22, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 23, 2018
Journal The International Journal of Logistics Management
Print ISSN 0957-4093
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 1
Pages 29-46
Keywords Supply chain management, Supply chain strategy, Supply chain integration, Agile supply chain, Fast evolving industries, Responsive supply chain
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