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SUPPLY CHAIN PROCESS INTEGRATION: A THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK

Authors

  • Haozhe Chen,

    1. East Carolina University
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    • (Ph.D. The University of Oklahoma) is an Assistant Professor in Marketing and Supply Chain Management at East Carolina University. He has published in Business Horizons, Industrial Marketing Management, The International Journal of Logistics Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Supply Chain Management Review, and Transportation Research: Part E. His industry background includes 8 years of managerial experience in international trade business.

  • Patricia J. Daugherty,

    Corresponding author
    1. The University of Oklahoma
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    • (Ph.D. Michigan State University) is Division Director and Siegfried Chair in Marketing and Supply Chain Management at The University of Oklahoma. She is the immediate past-Editor of the Journal of Business Logistics. She has published widely in logistics and supply chain journals.

  • Timothy D. Landry

    1. The University of Alabama in Huntsville
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    • (Ph.D. The University of Missouri) is an Associate Professor of Marketing at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has been published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Journal of Relationship Marketing, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Business Horizons and various national and international conference proceedings.


E-mail: pdaugher@ou.edu

Abstract

The current study was undertaken to further understanding of supply chain process integration. It is suggested that supply chain integration, the practice of realigning firms' operating structures, should be understood from an internal-external perspective and a process view. Drawing upon four theories—Strategy-Structure-Performance framework, the resource based view of the firm, transaction cost economics, and social network analysis—and combining industry inputs, a theoretical framework of supply chain process integration is developed. It is argued that a firm's strategic priorities are key factors of supply chain process integration. Superior performance is likely to be achieved when necessary supply chain capabilities are developed through supply chain process integration.

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