Exploring Information Sharing in Supply Chains 2025: A Scenario Planning Study

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The purpose of this study is to develop scenarios exploring information sharing in supply chains in 2025.
An intuitive-logic scenario planning technique was used to create images of plausible futures for information sharing in supply chains. A salient feature of this qualitative study is its inductive reasoning where empirical data was collected from semi-structured interviews with thirteen selected respondents.
The analysis resulted in identifying three unpredictable trends influencing information sharing, i.e. increased co-operation beyond supply chains, continued economic growth of Asia, and decreased social contact and reluctance to organisational change. These trends are used in three scenario crosses, each generating four scenarios. To support these 12 scenarios a base scenario is developed describing information sharing conditions in 2025 from that vantage point.
Research limitations/implications
The applicability of the developed scenarios need to be tested in organisations by creating visions of desired futures, identifying development areas and strategies, and taking actions on developed plans.
Practical implications
For practitioners this study can be used as a means for understanding plausible futures and coming events. Moreover, it provides a foundation for decision support and preparedness for an uncertain future, thus providing insights for risk management and long-term planning and strategy building.
This study develops scenarios offering insights into plausible futures, events, and developments that can impact information sharing in supply chains in 2025.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Other Mechanical Engineering


  • Scenario development, Information sharing, Scenario planning, Supply chain, packaging logistics
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication23rd Annual NOFOMA Conference
EditorsTrond Hammervoll
PublisherHarstad University College
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch
Event23rd annual NOFOMA conference, 2011 - Harstad, Norway
Duration: 2011 Jun 92011 Jun 10
Conference number: 23


Conference23rd annual NOFOMA conference, 2011