Information Sharing in the Supply Chain: An Exploratory Study

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The purpose is to explore if a potential gap exists between information sharing as recommended in academic literature and the information actually shared among companies and their supply chain partners.

The paper is based on an extensive literature review to structure the terminology for information sharing in supply chains and an in-depth interview study to explore what data, information and knowledge companies are sharing in supply chains. The empirical findings are compared with theory using content analysis.

First, the study indicates that information sharing in the extended supply chain (three or more organizations) is scarce. Second, actual information sharing is primarily dyadic and focused on information (rather than data or knowledge) at the operational level. Third, there is a lack of empirical research in this area of supply chain management and existing guidelines for information sharing are vague and general in nature. Thus, there is a need for more research to develop frameworks for information sharing in supply chains.

Research limitations
This study focuses on what data, information and knowledge companies share and with whom in supply chains. Future research could investigate how/why information is shared between companies, and explore differences between different categories of supply chains.

Practical implications
The result is a first step towards developing a realistic and applied framework for information sharing in the supply chain.

This paper contributes to literature by structuring the terminology for information sharing; defining an information sharing matrix which can be applied in future research; and pointing out a potential gap between theory and practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 23rd Annual NOFOMA Conference 9-10 June, Harstad, Norway: Logistics & Supply Chain Management in a High North Perspective
EditorsTrond Hammervoll
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event23rd annual NOFOMA conference, 2011 - Harstad, Norway
Duration: 2011 Jun 92011 Jun 10
Conference number: 23


Conference23rd annual NOFOMA conference, 2011

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Transport Systems and Logistics

Free keywords

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Information Sharing
  • Business Dyad
  • Extended Supply Chain
  • Contextual Factor


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