Trends influencing information sharing in supply chains

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The purpose of this paper is to identify and describe trends that can potentially influence information sharing in supply chains in 2025.
Design/methodology/approach The empirical data was gathered from twelve semi-structured interviews with individuals representing different retail supply chains actors as well as senior consultants and
academics, and an employee of the Swedish Government Offices. Interdependencies between trends were identified using a cross-impact analysis.

In total 21 trends were identified in the domains of information and communication technology (ICT), information, politics and opinion, organisation, and socio-economy. Seven of these were not found to be trends in previous logistics and supply chain management literature, examples of which are increased strategic use of social media,
decreased personal contact and physical presence in organisations, and increased need and demand for traceability.

Research limitations/implications
Even though theoretical saturation was achieved, additional interviews would provide complementing perceptions of the trends and their influence on supply chain information sharing. Moreover, the interdependencies between trends could be further supported by
applying a conventional analytical approach, such as Monte Carlo simulation.

Practical implications
Logistics and supply chain managers can use the insights into the trends as input in decision making processes as they indicate what will potentially be important to consider and focus on in the future.

This type of futures study, seldom found in the logistics or supply chain management literature, provides insights into trends that influence information sharing in supply chains and their interdependencies.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Other Mechanical Engineering


  • Information sharing, Trends, Supply chain 2025, Futures research, Packaging logistics
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication23rd annual NOFOMA conference proceeding
Number of pages15
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