Harry J. and Vivienne R. Bruce Excellence Chair of Business in the Department of Marketing, Logistics and Transportation at the University of Tennessee. He has published five books, and more than 140 articles and papers in the Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Transportation and Logistics Review, Transportation Journal, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Industrial Marketing Management, Research in Marketing, Business Horizons, and other journals.
DEFINING SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Article first published online: 10 MAY 2011
2001 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Journal of Business Logistics
Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 1–25, Autumn 2001
How to Cite
Mentzer, J. T., DeWitt, W., Keebler, J. S., Min, S., Nix, N. W., Smith, C. D. and Zacharia, Z. G. (2001), DEFINING SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT. JOURNAL OF BUSINESS LOGISTICS, 22: 1–25. doi: 10.1002/j.2158-1592.2001.tb00001.x
- Issue published online: 10 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 10 MAY 2011
A management construct cannot be used effectively by practitioners and researchers if a common agreement on its definition is lacking. Such is the case with the term “supply chain management”—so many definitions are used that there is little consensus on what it means. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to examine the existing research in an effort to understand the concept of “supply chain management.” Various definitions of SCM and “supply chain” are reviewed, categorized, and synthesized. Definitions of supporting constructs of SCM and a framework are then offered to establish a consistent means to conceptualize SCM. Antecedents and consequences of SCM are identified, and the boundaries of SCM in terms of business functions and organizations are proposed. A conceptual model and unified definition of SCM are then presented that indicate the nature, antecedents, and consequences of the phenomena.