THE INTELLECTUAL STRUCTURE OF SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT: A BIBLIOMETRIC APPROACH

Authors

  • François F. Charvet M.S.,

    1. Ohio State University
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    • Francois F. Charvet (M.S. University of Missouri) is a Ph.D. Candidate at The Ohio State University. He received a Master of Science in Information Systems and a Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. His research interests include supply chain relationships, international logistics, and customer service. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he worked as logistics consultant on optimization software projects for ORTEC International.

  • Martha C. Cooper Ph.D.,

    1. Ohio State University and Air Force institute of Technology
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    • Martha C. Cooper (Ph.D. The Ohio State University) is a Visiting Professor of Logistics at the Air Force Institute of Technology and Professor of Marketing and Logistics, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. She has worked in brand management and in sales. Her research interests include supply chain management, partnership and other inter-firm relationships, the role of customer service in corporate strategy, international logistics, and strategic planning for logistics.

  • John T. Gardner Ph.D.

    1. SUNY College at Brockport
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    • John T. Gardner (Ph.D. The Ohio State University) is a Professor at the SUNY College at Brockport. After an MBA degree and three years of professional experience, Professor Gardner attended The Ohio State University and earned a MA and a Ph.D. in Marketing. Professor Gardner's research interests include partnership formation in marketing channels and logistics, industrial distribution relationships, and Supply chain planning.


Abstract

Now that supply chain management has a two-decade research history, it is possible to examine the literature to identify whether there is any latent intellectual structure using bibliometric tools. The study applies a citation and co-citation approach to reveal four clusters of research that have emerged. One cluster has strong ties to the logistics field, with primarily conceptual articles. A second cluster finds its roots in operations research, and consists mainly of modeling articles. The application of multidimensional scaling, cluster analysis, and factor analysis on co-citations demonstrated a clearly identifiable structure. The structure is examined and implications for the future development of supply chain research are discussed.

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