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IS THE SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT FILE DRAWER EMPTY?

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  • Acknowledgments: We wish to thank the invited essayists, the Journal's editors (especially Craig Carter) and Kate Blackmon for making this discussion forum possible.

Abstract

This essay examines what is in a sense a failed project, and builds on that failure to hopefully stimulate fresh thinking on how we do supply chain management (SCM) research. The initial aim of this discussion forum was to encourage authors with manuscripts that were languishing in a “file drawer” to submit them once more. But the call for papers received one inquiry and no submissions. This seemingly empty file drawer led us in a very different direction, one of trying to understand why the SCM file drawer might be empty. This essay summarizes the assumptions that guided our process of discovery, what we actually did when confronted with no submissions, what we found via our additional data collection and then concludes with some suggestions for moving the field forward.

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