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Keywords:

  • inter-organizational learning;
  • grounded theory;
  • supply chain;
  • knowledge co-creation

The learning process between supply chain entities is explored from the perspective of senior third-party executives. Through grounded theory, a theoretical framework emerged that extends our understanding of learning within a supply chain by identifying the major constructs and learning stages comprising the basic social process of inter-organizational learning. This framework provides significant insights into the complex process employed in a supply chain to share, disseminate, and store information; co-create knowledge; and to derive a competitive advantage.