Thirty-Rve Years of The Journal of Supply Chain Management: Where Have We Been and Where are We Going?


  • Craig R. Carter,

    1. Craig R. Carter is assistant professor of international supply chain management in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.
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  • Lisa M. Ellram

    1. Lisa M. Ellram is professor of supply chain management and Bebbling Professor of Business at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
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  • The authors acknowledge the helpful comments of three anonymous reviewers, whose insights resulted in a significantly improved manuscript. Further, the authors would like to thank Glen Atkins and Nicole Welch, research assistants, for their support in the data coding process.


The Journal of Supply Chain Management is the premier journal in the purchasing and supply discipline. This article chronicles the history of the Journal, including a review of the subject categories of articles during certain time periods, types of research performed, types of research design employed, types of data analysis applied, and individual and institutional contributions. The article provides a comprehensive analysis of the Journal's past and a set of prescriptions for its future.